Man overboard in Rhyl harbour rescued by charter boat
The Deputy launch authority for Rhyl RNLI lifeboat crew, Peter Robinson, was walking his dog by Rhyl harbour when he heard a splash and saw a man had fallen from his dinghy as he was going across the harbour to his boat.
The inshore lifeboat and volunteer crew launched within four minutes and the crew then made best speed to the harbour. Rhyl volunteer coastguards were also paged.
Simon and Peter managed to get to the person from the the water and get him on board the 'Suveran'. Simon then took his boat back to the pontoon across the harbour and met up with the coastguards to help the casualty ashore. The inshore lifeboat crew arrived soon after, and assisted the coastguards. Family members were ashore, and took the man to hospital.
Once all was safe, the inshore lifeboat returned to station by road from the harbour at 1.00pm. The all-weather lifeboat crew had also been paged, but the lifeboat was not required and was stood down.
Paul Archer-Jones, duty lifeboat coxswain said ' It was very fortunate that our launch authority and the boat skipper were near at hand when the incident occurred. Their quick actions probably helped to perform an effective rescue. I would like to extend my thanks to Simon and Peter for their actions and quick thinking'.
Photos are taken from the inshore lifeboat crews' helmet-mounted camera. Copyright RNLI.
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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.