Rhyl RNLI volunteers launch to kite surfer
The inshore lifeboat crew were paged at 2.30 on Saturday 13 March after the UK Coastguard at Holyhead received a 999 call to say a kite surfer appeared to be in danger off Splash Point, Rhyl.
The inshore lifeboat was launched within four minutes as some crew were already at the station after an exercise that morning. The crew launched and proceeded to the location, to find the kite surfer had returned safely to the beach, but had become detached from their board. Once local coastguard volunteers were on scene with the casualty, the lifeboat crew then returned to sea, and carried out a quick search for the missing board. Due to the large heavy surf near the beach, they were not able to do a comprehensive search. The coastguards were informed the board was still missing, but all were safe, and so the lifeboat returned to station at 3.10pm.
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.