Rhyl RNLI Lifeboats & Lifeguards begin training for the Summer season
Rhyl's volunteer lifeboat crew held a joint exercise with new members of the RNLI Denbighshire Lifeguard srevice on Saturday.
During the exercise the crew and lifeguards practised rescue techniques including transferring a casualty from the lifeguards rescue board into the inshore lifeboat and then back to shore.
Martin Jones, Rhyl Lifeboat Coxswain says 'It was great for us to welcome back the RNLI Lifeguard service after a successful first season last year after taking over from the council lifeguards, Saturdays exercise was a good opportunity for both the crew and new lifeguards to get to know each others practises before the summer season starts'.
Earlier in the morning the RNLI Lifeguards were shown a mud rescue demonstration by the local Rhyl Coastguard Rescue team. Matt Jessop RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor says 'With the start of the new season on the patrolling the beaches soon approaching it was great to introduce our new lifeguards to the other rescue assets we will be working closely with during the summer'.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.