What a scorcher. Hectic weekend for rescue services at Rhyl
A combination of sun, hot weather and the start of the school holidays resulted in a busy weekend for Rhyl RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew and volunteer coastguard teams as they worked throughout the weekend to help keep families safe on the popular North Wales beach.
The weekend proved especially busy, as most of the schools had broken up, and so the beach was packed with families enjoying the glorious weather. The attached pictures show the beach and people on it, and also the sea rescue agencies patrolling the water's edge to advise people of the incoming tide.
It is estimated that over 260 people were assisted ashore, or were informed that the tide was filling in the gullies between the sandbanks, resulting in a stretch of water up to one metre deep between the sandbank and the shore. All people assisted were safely supervised back to the shore until all the sandbanks were recovered.
RNLI coxswain Martin Jones said: 'As a result of the close co-operation of the RNLI lifeguards; RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew both at sea and on shore; and also the volunteer coastguards; we were able to prevent any potential incidents arising. We are happy that the days proved to be major event free, and everyone on the beach could enjoy the glorious sands and weather at Rhyl'.
He continued: 'The RNLI lifeguards did a great job in advising the public to swim between the flags on a lifeguard-supervised beach, and we were happy to assist'.
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.