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Bank holiday rescues continue for Rhyl RNLI volunteers.

Lifeboats News Release

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.

2.6.2021. casualty fallen on rocks

RNLI/Paul Frost MBE

Casualty transfer at Rhyl harbour
The first call for the lifeboat crew came at 1.33pm to Prestatyn Nova Centre, where two inflatable dinghies were reported by RNLI lifeguards as going out to sea. The Inshore lifeboat arrived on scene and found the dinghies unmanned. Further enquiries by the lifeguards found that the occupants had abandoned the inflatables and were safe on the beach. The inshore lifeboat crew returned to station.
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'.
2.6.2021. casualty fallen on rocks

RNLI/Paul Frost MBE

Rhyl lifeboat in Rhyl harbour
2.6.2021. casualty fallen on rocks

RNLI/Paul Frost MBE

Lifeboats on scene
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RNLI/Paul Frost

People cut off by incoming tide
2.6.2021. casualty fallen on rocks

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Route of lifeboats

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