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Five RNLI lifeboats in all-night search following activation of distress beacon

Lifeboats News Release

A distress beacon alert prompted a major search for RNLI lifeboats from Flint, Rhyl, Llandudno and Hoylake, with lifeboats launching late last night and returning to their respective stations this morning.

RNLI Hoylake

Hoylake RNLI returning to station

Both the inshore and all-weather lifeboats from Rhyl were involved in the search, with the Shannon class all-weather lifeboat Anthony Kenneth Heard launching at 11.41pm and returning at 6.40am this morning. The inshore lifeboat Mary Maxwell and its volunteer crew joined the search for an hour and a half, launching just after 5am this morning.

Hoylake RNLI’s volunteer crew were paged at 11.44pm and the station’s Shannon class all-weather lifeboat Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood launched to carry out extensive searches for over six hours in Liverpool Bay and the mouth of the Dee Estuary. The lifeboat was stood down when the search concluded and was washed down, refuelled and made ready for service again by 8.15am.

The Coastguard requested the launch of Llandudno’s all-weather lifeboat just before midnight, with William F Yates and her crew launching by 12.11am and returning just after 7am.

Flint’s inshore RNLI lifeboat The Lady Barbara launched at 12.15am and searched out into the River Dee.

Chris Gaskin, Area Lifesaving Manager for north Wales says:

‘This was a very long and arduous search for many of the RNLI crews, who spent many hours in darkness conducting a thorough search. Our crews are all volunteers, many of whom will be returning to their day jobs this morning, so being involved in a long tasking such as this really is testament to their skill and dedication. Nothing was found on this occasion and there is no current indication that the lifeboats will launch again at present, but our crews are always ready to respond whenever the call for help comes.’

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For more information please contact Danielle Rush, RNLI Media Relations Manager for Wales and the West on 07786 668829
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RNLI Hoylake

Hoylake RNLI during the search in the early hours

RNLI Llandudno

The volunteer RNLI crews from Llandudno returning home


The search pattern taken on board the Rhyl RNLI lifeboat

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