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Rhyl RNLI Lifeboats & Lifeguards begin training for the Summer season

Lifeboats News Release

Rhyl's volunteer lifeboat crew held a joint exercise with new members of the RNLI Denbighshire Lifeguard srevice on Saturday.

RNLI/Callum Robinson

Rhyl RNLI LIfeboat and Lifeguard Exercise
The inshore lifeboat was launched on exercise on Saturday afternoon to work with the newly recruited members of the RNLI's lifeguarding team that will be patrolling the beaches in Rhyl & Prestatyn from the end of May and through the summer.

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'.

RNLI/Callum Robinson

Rhyl RNLI LIfeboat and Lifeguard Exercise

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