Bank holiday rescues continue for Rhyl RNLI volunteers.
Inflatables drifting out to sea; missing children and shore-based emergencies; and a medical personnel extraction all kept the emergency services in Rhyl busy on Wednesday 2 June.
As this last incident was happening, at 2.00pm, Rhyl RNLI beach guards reported a missing child on Rhyl beach. The inshore lifeboat tractor was directed to the shoreline to assist the search. The child was located safe and rescue units stood down at 2.28pm.
The inshore lifeboat crew recovered to shore at 2.28pm, and were immediately directed by the beach lifeguards to multiple families and individuals, cut off by the incoming tide off the boathouse. The inshore lifeboat crew shepherded many people back to shore, and took two onboard the lifeboat as a precautionary measure. The lifeboat crew returned to station at 2.38pm.
At 2.54 pm, the lifeboat crew were asked to assist with a person who had a suspected pelvic and leg injuries after falling on rocks at Sandy Cove, Towyn. Coastguards and ambulance were already on scene, but the casualty had fallen on rocks, and extraction to the road ambulance would be difficult. The lifeboats were launched and the plan was for the inshore lifeboat to transport the casualty on the RNLI basket stretcher back to the all-weather lifeboat, who would then transport the casualty to Rhyl harbour, where it would be easier to transfer to the ambulance.
With great agency co-operations, the casualty was successfully transferred to the all-weather lifeboat and then to the ambulance in Rhyl harbour. The lifeboats returned to station at 4.30pm.
Martin Jones, Rhyl RNLI Coxswain says ' This extraction was a great example of the close co-operation between the rescue services to facilitate a successful casualty recovery to hospital'.
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.