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Rhyl RNLI volunteers rescue man on personal watercraft

Lifeboats News Release

The UK coastguard at Holyhead received numerous 999 calls regarding a man on a PWC (Jetski) waving his arms on the vessel off the Golf Club to the East of Rhyl's Splash Point.

coastguards meet RNLI crew and jetski at Rhyl harbiour after the vessel runs out of fuel.

HMCG/Ian Olsen

Rhyl inshore lifeboat rescue jetski and one person

The pagers were activated at 4.37pm on Sunday 20 May, to launch the inshore lifeboat, who were alongside the casualty within five minutes of launching. The rider informed the crew that both the main and reserve tanks of fuel were empty. The crew took the Jetski in tow and returned it and it's owner from where they had launched in Rhyl harbour. The casualty and his craft were handed over to local Rhyl coastguard volunteers, watched by his parents on shore. The inshore lifeboat returned to station at 6pm.
It is always advisable for owners of personal watercraft, if they run out of fuel in the main tank, to switch to the reserve tank and try to get back to their launch site, or to shore if possible.

Photo of boat at sea credit RNLI/Paul Frost MBE.
Photo in Rhyl harbour credit HMCG/ Ian Olsen.

service Rhyl ILB 20/5/18

RNLI/Paul Frost MBE

Rhyl inshore lifeboat towing jetski to Rhyl (casualty hidden by flagpole!)

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