Rhyl RNLI volunteers called out despite Covid-19 lockdown.

Lifeboats News Release

For the fourth time in as many weeks, the crews of both of Rhyl's lifeboats have been tasked to assist people in trouble at sea.

Shore crew preparing to wash down boat

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Rhyl lifeboat returning from service 21/5/20 in Covi-19 lockdown
The latest alert came at 4.10 pm on Thursday 21 May, after the UK coastguard at Holyhead were contacted regarding a person swimming fully-clothed in the sea, off Pensarn, Abergele. The D-class inshore lifeboat launched first, closely followed by the all-weather Shannon-class lifeboat. Also tasked were Rhyl coastguard volunteer team.
The charity's lifeboats arrived on scene to find a person in the water about 300 metres from the shoreline, swimming with difficulty, and appeared to be in an agitated state. The casualty did not wish to get on board the inshore lifeboat, and so both lifeboats stood by a short distance away.
By constantly engaging the casualty in reassuring conversation, the person was shepherded back to the shore by the crew in the inshore lifeboat, until the person was able to wade back on to the beach of their own accord, to the waiting coastguard team.
The crew engaged in social distancing as far as they were able, and were glad to assist the person back to the shore. In these challenging times when stress levels are higher than normal, the crews did their best to ensure a successful outcome for the casualty.
Once the person was seen to be safe ashore, the lifeboats returned to station by 6.42 pm.
Even during difficult times, the RNLI will answer every call to assist people who appear to be in trouble at sea , without question and helping to save lives at sea.
track of ILB D-class

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Track of ILB on service 21/5/20
track of AWB Shannon

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Track of AWB on service 21/5/20

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