Rhyl RNLI crew alerted for the tenth time in three days.

Lifeboats News Release

The calls continued with an alert to two kayakers not far from the windfarms off Rhyl.

2 kayakers rescued 2021.06.01

RNLI/Paul Frost

Rhyl RNLI and Kayak no.1
The pair had left Towyn on the afternoon on Tuesday 2nd June with the intention of going out to see the windfarm towers. They were not familiar with just how far the towers are from the shore (about two miles). Their target was achieved, even picking up an inflatable empty flamingo en route!.
However, the return journey against wind and tide proved difficult and they contacted HM Coastguard at Holyhead via mobile phone to get assistance.
The volunteer crews of Rhyl's all-weather and inshore lifeboats launched at 10.50pm and proceeded to an area where the kayakers thought they were. Unfortunately the battery on their mobile phone was low, so they were advised by the coastguard to just use the remaining battery to signal if the lifeboats got near.
Luckily, the search pattern given by the coastguard meant that the lifeboats proceeding to their start location, came across the kayakers and took them on board the all-weather lifeboat.
The casualties were taken back to Rhyl RNLI lifeboat, not requiring medical assistance, and were given hot drinks and snacks on the journey back to Rhyl.
The lifeboat arrived back at station to waiting local coastguards at 11.50pm.
Martin Jones, Rhyl lifeboat coxswain says ' The kayakers did the right thing in contacting the coastguard via 999. It is always sensible to make sure any mobile devices are fully charged. It is always advisable to carry some other means of calling for assistance, such as a radio and hand flares. Always be aware of tides and wind conditions before setting out. If in any doubt, contact HM coastguard for advice'.
Photos are copyright Paul Frost/ Rhyl RNLI.
2 kayakers rescued 2021.06.01

RNLI/Paul Frost

Rhyl RNLI and Kayak no.2
rescue of 2 kayakers 1.6.2021

RNLI/Paul Frost

Track of Rhyl lifeboats

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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.

Categories