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Rhyl RNLI volunteers in early morning call

Lifeboats News Release

The crew were awoken from their beds at 4.09am on Sunday 2nd October, to assist police and coastguards in the search for a person believed to be on the beach at Kinmel Bay

shows search area covered

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Search pattern of Rhyl lifeboat
The weather was beyond the limits of the Inshore lifeboat, so only the All-weather lifeboat was launched, getting to sea at about 4.15am. This was to assist local police and teams from Rhyl; Llandudno; Flint and Bangor coastguards looking for a person on the waterline. Police initially said the person's mobile phone was near Kinmel Bay, and so the lifeboat was requested to search between Rhyl harbour and Llandulas. The coastguard rescue helicopter was also diverted from an existing task to look for the person.
The search continued for a few hours, with land-based teams searching the dunes and promenades in the area.
There then came a message from police to the Coastguard co-ordinating centre at Holyhead, that the mobile phone signal had been narrowed to an area inland of the area. Police went to that location, and found the person safe and well. The lifeboat stood by until police confirmed this was the person being looked for, and so Rhyl lifeboat was stood down to return to station by 10.20am, being at sea for over six hours.
Coxswain Martin Jones said ' The RNLI and its volunteer crews were happy to assist other agencies to search. We are glad the person was found safe and well'.
The launch came only hours after the crew had held their 'Annual dinner' which had been postponed for three years due to the Covid outbreak.
Martin added ' The duty crew were glad that they had agreed to refrain from alcohol on the night, so that a crew could be available for any duties, as was this case. They are to be commended for their actions, so that Rhyl RNLI can always launch to assist people in trouble on or near the sea'.
A further report on the crew dinner will be provided later.
being recovered on to the carriage on Rhyl beach

RNLI/Paul Frost

Rhyl lifeboat returns to beach 2.10.22

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