Fine weather brings spate of calls for Rhyl RNLI lifeboat crews.
The volunteer crews of the inshore and all-weather lifeboats were kept busy between 1pm and 6.30pm on Bank Holiday Sunday, with four calls for the inshore lifeboat, and one with the all-weather lifeboat.
For three crew, this was a first-time experience of being crew when the station is busy, and was the first 'shout' for Tommy Edwards, who had just been passed as a crew member, and is the son of crew member Evan Edwards. Also attending were new crew Matthew Griffiths, Sam Hughes and Paul Elwin.
Crews were swapped for each call, to allow all members to get experience of callouts..
The final call was to a rigid inflatable boat off Llandulas jetty, near to the 'Nicola Faith' spot. A party of three foreign persons had attempted to row to the site, but found returning against the offshore wind and ebb tide too much. The all-weather lifeboat launched and escorted the casualties back to Llandulas beach.
Coxswain Martin Jones stressed the importance of attaching a rope to an inflatable and running it to a point on shore, to prevent it blowing away. 'Luckily, no-one was aboard these inflatables but they were all recovered over half a mile from shore, showing how the elements, even on a sunny day, could catch people unawares'.
He added ' The last call showed how unprepared people can be for a trip on the sea. A mile is a long way to row back against the elements'.
Pictures by Paul Frost and Marine traffic app, show inshore and all weather boat tracks, both lifeboats launching, and crowds on Rhyl Beach.
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.