Both RNLI Rhyl lifeboats alerted on Sunday 24 January
They were tasked to help in the search for a casualty believed to be somewhere on the beach between ASDA Kinmel Bay, and the harbour.
Both of Rhyl’s RNLI lifeboats were paged at 11.30 on Sunday January 24 2021, to assist police, ambulance and the local volunteer coastguard team, in searching for a person around the Horton’s Nose beach area at the entrance to Rhyl harbour. The inshore lifeboat was launched and arrived on scene just as the person was located in the area around the sand dunes at the rear of the harbour master’s office. A crew member went ashore to assist with the recovery of the casualty into the ambulance, and then went back to the lifeboat, which then returned to station.
Due to the tide rapidly going out of the harbour, the all-weather lifeboat remained at the waters’ edge ready to launch to assist at sea, but was not required. (Classed as standby for this boat).
Both boats were back on station by 1 am on Monday.
Pictures are courtesy of Callum Robinson, Rhyl RNLI mechanic. They show the very poor conditions at the station when the lifeboats returned.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.