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First callout as Coxswain for Vinny at Rhyl RNLI lifeboat station

Lifeboats News Release

Vinny was standing in for the Coxswain Martin Jones, who was on annual leave.

Launching on service to report of upturned boat

RNLI/Paul Frost MBE

Rhyl all-weather lifeboat launching 19.10.2021
The initial call came in at 11.45am to UK coastguard co-ordinating centre at Holyhead. A member of the public reported what appeared to be an upturned boat off Llandulas beach, quite close inshore.
Both the inshore and all-weather lifeboats were launched, with Vinny at the helm of the all-weather boat.
The all-weather lifeboat arrived on scene first, and the crew were directed to the scene by local volunteer coastguards ashore..
On arriving at the location, the crew could see that the object was actually a red and white roadworks barrier. This was confirmed ashore as the object sighted. The barrier was recovered and both volunteer crews then returned to 1.15pm.
Vinny, whose normal job is a North Wales Police traffic officer said ' I am used to seeing these barriers in my day job policing the roads, but to come across one out at sea was a bit of a surprise! I'm sure it wasn't causing offence (a fence!??) but I have taken it into custody at the lifeboat station, and put it on the right road back! '
He continued 'On a more serious note, we would rather people dial 999 and ask for the coastguard, if they think they see anything or anyone in trouble at sea. We would rather be tasked and find something like this barrier, rather than not be tasked at all'.
The pictures show Rhyl all-weather lifeboat launching, and Vinny holding up the barrier after it was 'rescued'.
Lifeboats launched to report of upturned boat.

RNLI/Paul Frost MBE

Acting Coxswain Vinny Jones with the reported object

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