Rhyl RNLI dip returns after a two-year gap

Lifeboats News Release

Sunshine greeted the entrants for the dip, which was postponed from Boxing Day 2021 due to Covid rules.


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Rhyl RNLI dip entrants
Rhyl RNLI volunteers held their dip on 6th March 2022 after delaying it from Boxing Day due to Covid restrictions. The weather was very good for the attendees, with bright sunshine and low wind. The dip was started at 12 noon by Cllr Diane King, Rhyl Mayor. There were fewer entrants than previous years, but the event proved popular with people on the promenade, who were glad they were not braving the cold water!
This was the first event held under the control of the new Rhyl RNLI Events committee, who liaised with Coxswain Martin Jones and crew; Rhyl RNLI fundraisers and volunteers, including RNLI lifeguards..
Prizes were given by the mayor to the best fancy dress entrants. The dip was started on the signal by the Mayor, with many participants walking out right to the line of crew who were there to provide safety cover and a barrier, so that people did not venture too far out.
The event took place without incident, due mainly to the plans and precautions put in place by the new event organisers, who proved they were very efficient at their volunteering role.
Coxswain Martin Jones says ' this is the first public event held after Covid. I would like to thank all those involved from the RNLI, and to the entrants, for a very good and safe event'.
Also present were the Rhyl RNLI water safety team and RNLI dace-to-face teams who were busy getting people to support the charity on a long-term basis.
Further photos can be seen on a facebook album on the RNLI Rhyl lifeboat page.

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Rhyl Mayor Cllr Diane King opens the event

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