Good weather brings spate of calls for Rhyl RNLI lifeboat crews

Lifeboats News Release

Despite Wales being in stricter lockdown than other regions, the crews of Rhyl's lifeboats had a busy period during the afternoon of Wednesday 24 June.

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Rhyl RNLI transfer person with leg fracture to ambulance 24/6/20
Rhyl's RNLI lifeboat crews had a busy couple of hours on Wednesday 24 June from 3.35 pm. The first call came as some off-duty lifeguards self-training on Prestatyn beach, saw a person appear to be struggling in the water, and called the UK coastguard via 999 to alert local coastguards and the lifeboat crew. As there were multiple reports of people in trouble, both the inshore and all-weather lifeboats were launched, together with the local Rhyl coastguard team. When all the rescue teams arrived on scene, they could not find anything untoward, and enquiries with some local youngsters found that all was well. The lifeboats returned to station by 4.35 pm.
At 5 pm, the UK coastguard at Holyhead received a 999 call reporting an adult who had fallen and sustained a possible broken leg on the rocks at Towyn. The local coastguard team went to the spot and decided the person could not be recovered safely to the road, so the lifeboats launched and successfully recovered the person on to the all-weather lifeboat. All units returned to station,and the casualty was transferred to an ambulance and taken to the local hospital.
The lifeboats were sanitized and cleaned down and were ready for service at 7.30 pm.
It should be stressed at this time, that Wales is under different COVID-19 regulations than other parts of the UK. The restrictions are a lot more rigid, and travel to Welsh beaches is still not recommended just yet.
However, RNLI lifeboats will continue to provide a lifesaving service on North Wales beaches.
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Track of Rhyl lifeboats on second callout

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