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Multiple call-outs for Rhyl RNLI during helicopter exercise.

Lifeboats News Release

The practice session with the helicopter was cut short due to 999 calls from the public.

just about to winch before being diverted to callout.

RNLI/Callum Robinson

Exercise with helicopter and Rhyl RNLI

The helicopter exercise was cut short just before the winching was to begin due to a service call to reports of a boat drifting off Prestatyn. Both of Rhyl's lifeboats and the helicopter broke off the exercise to investigate. The vessel was found to be a small boat with the occupants drift fishing. As the exercise was about to restart the helicopter was tasked to another incident in Snowdonia, and had to leave the exercise.
Training continued on the lifeboats until the inshore lifeboat was tasked to reports of a dinghy off Kinmel Bay, the All-weather lifeboat was just leaving Rhyl harbour, so also attended the area and found a large set of half deflated helium balloons.
Earlier in the day whilst on an assessment exercise, the volunteers on the inshore lifeboat were tasked to rescue a family of two adults and two very young children off a sand bank that had been cut off by a gully with a quick running incoming tide. The family were landed back on the beach and the lifeboat continued its exercise.
Narrative from Mechanic Callum Robinson, all photos Rhyl RNLI.

diverted from exercise

RNLI/Marine traffic app

Rhyl lifeboats and helicopter on call to Prestatyn

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