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Two callouts in four hours for Rhyl RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

The inshore lifeboat crew at Rhyl were paged twice on the afternoon of Friday 17 June 2022.

taking 2 people on board lifeboat

RNLI Rhyl lifeboat crew

rescue at Talacre lighthouse (1)
The first call came at 1.58pm. It had been reported to the Coastguard co-ordinating centre in Holyhead, that two youths had been stranded on the steps of the lighthouse at Talacre by the incoming tide, and were unable to get back to shore. The lifeboat launched and arrived on scene some 12 minutes later. The two were taken on board the lifeboat and returned to shore to waiting adults and local coastguards. Further assistance was refused by the party. The lifeboat returned to station at 2.25pm.

The second callout was at 4.04pm, to reports of two children trapped on the rock groynes at Barkby beach, Prestatyn. By the time the lifeboat arrived, the casualties had been recovered, and were being given first aid with the help of local coastguards and the public. A rescue coastguard helicopter from Caernarvon was also on scene. The child was checked over by the paramedics, and the parents declined further assistance, and took them back to their holiday caravan nearby. The rescue services left the scene, the lifeboat returning to station at 6.00pm.

The attached pictures show the casualties being rescued from the lighthouse steps, and the person being treated on shore.

approaching lighthouse

RNLI/Rhyl lifeboat crew

rescue at Talacre lighthouse (2)
first aid given

RNLI/Rhyl lifeboat crew

rescued persons at Prestatyn (1)
rescue 936 helicopter on scene

RNLI/Rhyl lifeboat crew

rescued persons at Prestatyn (1)

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