Early call for Rhyl RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

The crews of both Rhyl's inshore and all-weather lifeboats were disturbed from their slumbers at 2.50 am on Friday 13 January 2023.


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Track of Rhyl all-weather lifeboat 13.1.23
The crew, and the volunteer Rhyl coastguards had been asked to attend from North Wales police who were attending multiple reports of a person appearing to be unstable on their feet on the Blue Foryd bridge in the harbour. Another report stated that there appeared to be a large object in the harbour water.
Weather conditions at the time were beyond the limits of the inshore lifeboat at the station, so the all-weather lifeboat launched first to act as 'gatekeeper' at the harbour entrance. The inshore lifeboat was taken by road to the harbour and launched there. Both boats carried out a search of the harbour entrance and upriver to the railway bridge, but nothing was sighted. The search continued until Holyhead Coastguard co-ordinating centre deemed that the area had been thoroughly covered with nothing found, so the boats were stood down and returned to station to be made ready for the next call by 4.00 am.

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