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Rhyl Lifeboat Station

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For over 150 years, Rhyl lifeboats and crews have been saving lives at sea, as well as inland during flooding. Twenty three awards have been presented for gallantry. Today the station operates an all-weather carriage-launched Mersey class and an inshore D class lifeboat.

 

 

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25/01/2016 05:20
25/01/2016 05:12
19/01/2016 00:15
19/01/2016 00:04
08/12/2015 15:35
08/12/2015 15:05
26/11/2015 10:47
07/10/2015 18:05
07/10/2015 17:55
01/10/2015 00:30

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Station address:

Rhyl Lifeboat Station
Marine Parade
Rhyl
Denbighshire
LL18 3YP

Station telephone:

01745 344040

Station opening times:

Generally Sunday mornings or by appointment only
Don't miss: crew training – check station board for details

Visitor contact:

Darrel Crowther

Visitor contact telephone:

01745 344040

Shop telephone:

01745 350956

Shop opening times:

Easter-September
Monday-Sunday
11am-4.30pm

October–Easter
Saturday-Sunday
11am–4pm

 

 

Appledore ILB crew members. Left to right, Martin Davis, Gary Stanbury and Andrew HalletSpecific crew member details for this lifeboat station are not available here at the moment.

More than 4,800 lifeboat crew members around the UK and RoI drop everything when their pagers go off, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Only 1 in 10 crew members has a professional maritime occupation. Men and women of all ages and all walks of life crew the RNLI lifeboats around our coasts and waterways.

  • Martin Jones, RNLI Flood Rescue Team volunteer in action in Carlisle during the worst of the Cumbria Floods.

    Martin Jones, RNLI Flood Rescue Team volunteer in action in Carlisle during the Cumbria floods

  • 32-ft charter fishing vessel with power failure

    Rhyl AWB and casualty 25.1.16

  • service to charter fishing boat. 1POB and 1 dog

    Rhyl AWB launching on service 25.1.16

  • Rhyl crew member Tina Elliott with dog Micha  during service of 25.1.16.

    Rhyl lifeboat crew member and dog. Service 25.1.16

  • crew and fundraisers at the meeting.

    Rhyl station coast review 20.01.2016

  • The team of RNLI people conducting the coast review at Rhyl.

    RNLI coast review Rhyl 20.01.2016

  • "Belief" is a fundraising group in Rhyl who donate to good causes. The cheque follows group members participating in the Boxing Day Dip 2015 at Rhyl RNLI station.

    Belief fundraising group present cheque to Rhyl Coxswain

  • The two new manikins, kindly donated by young RNLI supporter Harry Mascall and Susan Edwards, of manikin suppliers Ruth Lee. Credit Paul Frost.

    The two new manikins, kindly donated by young RNLI supporter Harry Mascall and Ruth Lee

  • Martin Jones and Colin Jones with a new manikin on a stretcher. Credit Chris Stockport

    Martin Jones and Colin Jones with a new manikin on a stretcher

  • Left to right: Dave Clarke, Jimmy Quinn, Callum Robinson and Reeve Turner training with one of the donated manikins. Credit Chris Stockport

    Left to right: Dave Clarke, Jimmy Quinn, Callum Robinson and Reeve Turner

  • Rhyl RNLI volunteers help train Rhyl Sea Cadets

    Rhyl RNLI volunteers help train Rhyl Sea Cadets

  • L-R Martin Jones receiving cheque from Keith Jones and Seth Pierce, organisers of the first Rhyl RNLI boxing Day Dip.

    Rhyl Coxswain Martin Jones receives cheque.

  • Organisers of the dip present Rhyl lifeboat crew with cheques totalling £2500

    Rhyl Boxing day Dip cheque presentation

  • With LOM Darrel Crowther on the boxing day dip 26.12.15

    Harry Mascall with his mum and dad at Rhyl

  • Rhyl crew removing flotsam from Rhyl slipway before the boxing day dip

    Rhyl Boxing Day dip 26.12.2015

  • L-R Keith Jones, organiser; Winner of Fancy Dress from Manchester; and Cllr Barry Mellor, Mayor of Rhyl

    Rhyl Boxing Day Dip 26.12.15

  • Rhyl ILB and Boxing day Dip 26.12.2015

    Rhyl ILB on Boxing Day dip guard duty 26/12/15

  • Xmas present for Rhyl crew to Coxn Martin Jones from Harry Mascall.

    Harry Mascall presents Xmas present to Rhyl

  • Harry Mascall being presented with PM David Cameron's Point of Light certificate

    Harry Mascall and Rhyl Coxn Martin Jones

  • Ruth Lee manikins of Corwen, Denbighshire , presented a rescue dummy to Harry Mascall to donate to Rhyl RNLI station.

    Harry Mascall presents manikin to Rhyl crew

  • joint exercise between 119 Coy REME reserve and Rhyl RNLI.

    REME/Rhyl RNLI joint exercise

  • joint exercise between 119 Coy REME reserve and Rhyl RNLI.

    Rhyl RNLI towed out of bogging by Army exercise

  • Rhyl LPO Paul Frost MBE

    Rhyl LPO

  • 2015

    Cumbria Floods

  • Martin Jones (Rhyl) team leader

    Cumbria Flooding

  • Martin Jones, Rhyl, Bryn Ellis, Pwllheli and Gemma Gill, from Aberystwyth during the deployment. Credit RNLI

    Martin Jones, Rhyl, Bryn Ellis, Pwllheli and Gemma Gill, from Aberystwyth during the deployment.

  • Getting yacht on to recovery trailer

    Rhyl ILB assist yacht with engine failure

  • Rhyl ILB tows yacht across harbour

    Rhyl ILB assists yacht with engine failure

  • new flagpole alongside memorial to 6 drowned crew in 1853

    Rhyl 1853 disaster memorial new flagpole

  • new flagpole alongside memorial to 6 drowned crew in 1853

    Rhyl 183 disaster memorial and flagpole

  • Rhyl AWB and yacht with engine failure, towed into Rhyl harbour under the raised Pont-Ddraig bridge

    Rhyl lifeboat tows yacht into harbour

  • Rhyl lifeboat and yacht with engine failure

    Rhyl lifeboat and yacht 7th October 2015

  • North Wales and North West volunteer awards. Radisson Blu hotel Liverpool on 9th Sep 2015.

    Rhyl Coxswain Martin Jones presents a statuette to John Vickers Rhyl DLA

  • Ken Fitzpatrick receives his binoculars from Martin Jones

    Ken Fitzpatrick receives his binoculars from Martin Jones

  • recovery of casualty at Rhyl

    Rhyl AWB service to speedboat with 2 POB

  • service to 2 POB on 18' boat with engine failure 8/9/2015.

    Rhyl AWB service to Sports fishing boat

  • last time to be seen in Wales

    Vulcan at Rhyl air show 29.08.2015

  • trying to get into the wheelhouse!

    Rhyl Air Show 29.08.2015

  • Rhyl Air Show 30.08.2015

    Rhyl UILB towing casualty into harbour

  • Red Arrows over Rhyl boathouse

    Rhyl Air show 30.08.2015

  • FFrith beach Prestatyn 30.08.2015

    Rhyl RNLI asiisting lady with dislocated knee

  • 3 adults, 1 child and a dog rescued

    Day boat rescue byRhyl 30.08.2015

  • Stormy Stan with band "Mavmac"

    Rhyl Open day 2015

  • Stormy Stan helps out at Rhyl shop

    Rhyl Open Day 2015

  • Crowds visiting the station

    Rhyl Open day 2015

  • models on display

    Rhyl station Open day 2014

  • Boat on show

    Rhyl lifeboat Open day 2014

  • Rhyl lifeboat Open Day 2015

    Flyer for Rhyl liofeboat Open day 2015

  • Colin Jones - Rhyl Lifeboat

    Colin Jones - Rhyl Lifeboat

  • Rhyl Inshore Lifeboat on scene at Talacre Lighthouse.

    Rhyl RNLI lifeboat crew assist Coastguards and Ambulance

  • Inaugural raft race in Rhyl harbour

    Rhyl RNLI rafty race 2015

  • Rhyl Inshore lifeboat, Flood rescue boat, and Aqua adventures safety boat

    Rhyl RNLI raft race 2015

  • The inaugural raft race in Rhyl harbour.

    Rhyl RNLI raft race 2015

  • Rhyl RNLI lifeboat recovered the liferaft

    Rhyl RNLI lifeboat recovered the liferaft

  • Service to dive boat with engine problems 10 miles off Rhyl

    Track of Rhyl Lifeboat on service 11/7/15

  • 10 miles out

    Rhyl lifeboat passing through Gwynt-Y-Mor windfarm en route to casualty

  • from Rhyl Journal newspaper 8/7/2015

    Former coxswain Peter Robinson community award

  • Presnted by the Rhyl branch of Rotary

    Former Coxswain Peter Robinson with Rhyl Lifeboat and his community award

  • after Dave (deputy chairman of Rhyl RNLI management committee) finished his year of office as Rhyl town Mayor.

    Cllr Dave Simmons presents cheque to Coxswain Martin Jones of Rhyl

  • Taken from boathouse binoculars.

    Rhyl ILB approaching casualty

  • Rhyl crew and two people rescued when their inflatable dinghy was blown out to sea.

    Rhyl ILB crew and inflatable dinghy with two on board

  • Rhyl ILB crew rescue two men about 1/4 mile out in difficulty

    Rhyl RNLI inshore lifeboat crew and inflatable dinghy

  • Scenario

    Rhyl RNLI first aid course

  • A "Casualty" is treated on a scenario for the first aid course at Rhyl

    Rhyl RNLI first aid

  • Mark Budd being taken through resuscitation with Leigh from RNLI Poole

    Rhyl RNLI first aid course

  • Rhyl’s D-class lifeboat Mary Maxwell.

    Rhyl’s D-class lifeboat Mary Maxwell.

  • Crowds at Rhyl's D-class naming ceremony

    Rhyl RNLI officially name new lifeboat Mary Maxwell

  • The Mary Maxwell inshore lifeboat launches on exercise

    Rhyl RNLI officially name new lifeboat Mary Maxwell

  • Deputy Lord Lieutenant Edith Frodsham officially names the D-class lifeboat Mary Maxwell.

    Rhyl RNLI officially name new lifeboat Mary Maxwell

  • Rhyl RNLI's D-class lifeboat, Mary Maxwell

    Rhyl D-class lifeboat Mary Maxwell

  • taken from AIS

    Rhyl ILB search for person in water

  • Taken from AIS

    Rhyl AWB on search for person in the water

  • for Clean Coast Week

    Rhyl crew assist with litter picking

  • for Clean Coast week

    Rhyl crew and children help at litter picking

  • for Clean Coast week

    Rhyl crew and families assist with litter picking

  • cyclist party raising funds for RNLI

    Cyclists visit Rhyl 3/5/15

  • David Fowles and his cycling companion Jamie visited Rhyl Lifeboat Station as part of their cycle around the Welsh coast.

    David Fowles and friend Jamie at Rhyl station

  • Rhyl crew at the start of Mayday campaign 2015.

    Rhyl crew Mayday 2015

  • Rhyl crew at the start of Mayday campaign 2015.

    Rhyl crew Mayday 2015

  • Rhyl crew at the start of Mayday campaign 2015.

    Rhyl crew Mayday start

  • Conwy RNLI lifeboat crew support the charity's Mayday campaign.

    Conwy RNLI support Mayday

  • Conwy RNLI volunteers show their support for the charity's Mayday campaign.

    Conwy RNLI support Mayday

  • 24-ft leisure fishing boat broken down outside Rhyl harbour

    Rhyl AWB "Lil Cunningham" and casualty 25/4/2015

  • Presenting Rhyl lifeboat picture to lodge after receipt of cheque

    Rhyl LOM Datrrel Crowther at RAOB lodge, Eccles, Manchester

  • RAOB lodge, Eccles

    Rhyl LOM Darrel Crowther with cheque and picture

  • 07894 105165

    Rhyl press officer

  • in the Cob & Pen pub in Rhyl. 2 round-Britain walkers going in opposite directions meet at Rhyl RNLI lifeboat station. Pictured with Rhyl crew Vinny Jones

    Alex Ellis-Roswell and Adam Short meet crew in rhyl

  • Both round-Britain walkers raising funds for RNLI meet in opposite directions

    Alex Ellis-Roswell and Adam Short meet at Rhyl

  • 2 round-Britain walkers going in opposite directions, meet at Rhyl whilst fundraising for the RNLI 13.04.2015

    Alex Ellis-Roswell and Adam Short meet at Rhyl

  • L-R  Eric Woods and partner , Stafford and Rugeley RNLI branch; Martin Jones, Coxswain; Rev Stan Walker (at rear) and local Welsh Assembly member Ann Jones

    Guests at Rhyl's Annual crew dinner

  • Mrs. Jan Robinson receiving the award for special support over many years at Rhyl crew's annual dinner. March 2015

    2015 David Benjamin Jones award Rhyl

  • Rhyl ILB at speed

    Rhyl ILB at speed

  • Rhyl RNLI volunteers were recognised for their tireless work on behalf of the community last week at the High Sheriff of Clwyd Awards at Coleg Cambria.

    Rhyl RNLI volunteers recognised at community heroes awards

  • Rhyl RNLI volunteers were recognised for their tireless work on behalf of the community last week at the High Sheriff of Clwyd Awards at Coleg Cambria.

    Rhyl RNLI volunteers recognised at community heroes awards

  • Dave Clark, RNLI volunteer at Rhyl

    RNLI volunteer Dave Clark

  • Credit Callum Robinson /RNLI RHYL 7.3.2015

    Rhyl ILB tows drifting boat to harbour

  • Photo copyright Callum Robinson /RNLI Rhyl

    Rhyl ILB and cabin cruiser 7.3.2015

  • Rhyl ILB launches to drifting vessel in Rhyl harbour.

    Rhyl ILB launching on service 7.3.2015

  • Rhyl LPO

    Paul Frost

  • Director of Community Lifesaving and Fundraising, Leesa Haywood, meets Station managers and full-time crew from Llandudno, Conwy, Rhyl, Flint, West Kirby and Hoylake, at Rhyl lifeboat station on 26/2/2015.

    RNLI director meets crews from North Wales and Wirral

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Lifeboat name: 
Lil Cunningham

Lifeboat class: Mersey

Read more about the Mersey


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Lifeboat name:
Godfrey and Desmond Nall

Lifeboat class: D class

Funded by: Gift of Miss B H I Cunningham in memory of her sister

Read more about the D class

 

In 1852 the Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners' Society placed a lifeboat at Rhyl that capsized in 1853 with the loss of six of her crew.  The boat was replaced with one that was found unsuitable and this was handed over to the Institution when the station was taken over in 1854.  In 1856 the Institution sent a tubular lifeboat to the station.  In 1878 a number two station was established with a self-righting lifeboat, but this was closed in 1899.  The Caroline Richardson, 1897-1939, was the third lifeboat at Rhyl and last of the tubular type designed in 1850.  This type had a double hull consisting of two floats meeting at each end with a grating deck in between and was an adaptation of the principle of the pontoon system, having great stability but involving a severe measure of exposure for its crew.

 

For 99 years the Evans family had been connected with the Rhyl lifeboat.  This magnificent record was only broken when Coxswain Eric Evans resigned in February 1951 when he emigrated to Canada.

William Foulkes, father of a former coxswain, was a member of the crew and lived to the age of 100; he never slept under a roof but used, as an old man, to dig a pit under the pier and sleep there without any covering.  It was there that he was found dead one morning.  He was known as "Old Shamrock".

1853
Committee of Management voted £10 10 0d to a fund for the relief of dependants of six men drowned when the lifeboat capsized.  They were J Edwards, J Evans, D George, P Jones, T Jones and W Parry.

1871
Local Committee purchased six horse cloths for use when horses drew the lifeboat.

1897
New lifeboat house was constructed at a cost of £720 and a short slipway erected on piles.

1899
Number two station closed.

1932
Two men washed out of lifeboat while on service but were fortunately rescued.

1952
An anniversary Centenary Vellum awarded to the station.

1955
The old timber built lifeboat house at Rhyl was demolished having reached the end of its useful life and was replaced by a new brick and concrete house designed to accommodate the boat, carriage and tractor under one roof at a cost of more than £9,000.

1962
Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain H Campini, The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum to the crew of the lifeboat, Framed Letters of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution to the shore helpers and a collective Vellum to be hung in the boathouse, plus a special Letter of Appreciation was sent to the Honorary Secretary for the first service ever made by a lifeboat to a hovercraft which took place on 17 September 1962 in a west-north-westerly gale with heavy seas breaking over the promenade and into the lifeboat house.  Within minutes of the rescue of the three crew members being completed the hovercraft, with 250 gallons of kerosene on board, crashed into the promenade.  In spite of the risk of an explosion, the shore helpers secured the hovercraft to the steps and also searched the craft to make sure no other survivors were on board. 

1965/6
The station lifeboat Anthony Robert Marshall had two Ford Penguin 32 h.p. diesel engines installed giving an increase to performance generally.

1967
D class lifeboat sent to station in July.

1973
Bronze Medal awarded to Helmsman Donald Jones in recognition of the courage and seamanship he displayed when the inshore lifeboat rescued two boys cut off by the tide and clinging to a perch marking the sewer out-fall between Rhyl and Prestatyn in a gale force westerly wind and a rough sea on 7 August 1973.

1974
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Helmsman Donald Jones and crew members Richard Perrin and James Quinn in recognition of the courage and determination they displayed when the inshore lifeboat rescued a boy climber stranded on the west face of the Little Orme Cliff underneath an overhang some 30 feet above the sea in a fresh north easterly wind and a rough sea on 27 April.

1990
A special framed certificate was presented to the station in recognition of the services carried out by them under extremely difficult circumstances between 26 February and 2 March when, during hurricane force north-westerly winds and very high tides, the areas of Towyn and Pensarn suffered severe flooding.  Rhyl lifeboatmen strove tirelessly for up to 19 hours each day and succeeded in helping over two hundred people to safety.

1991
Her Majesty The Queen has honoured ex Coxswain Bruce Herbert her Birthday Honours List for services to the Institution; the award being the British Empire Medal.

1992
The lifeboat damaged her hull beyond repair whilst on service on 2 April.

1995
New D class lifeboat D485 was placed on service on 12 July.

2001
A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution awarded to Mechanic Martin Jones.  On the evening of 24 February 2001 the all weather lifeboat went to the aid of the Dragonfly, a large motor boat driven ashore in heavy surf at Splash Point.  Mr Jones transferred to the in shore lifeboat and attempted to take a tow over a sand bank through heavy surf to the motor boat.  This was unsuccessful but the inshore lifeboat saved the four men from the Dragonfly and got them safely to shore.  The entire service was conducted in heavy surf and north-easterly force 6/7 winds.  Everyone else involved at the station, including the SHS, the rest of both lifeboat crews, and the shore crews received a collective letter of commendation from the Operation Director for their actions in launching the lifeboats and the treatment of the rescued men.

On 28 November 2001 the Committee of Management voted the award of a Vellum to Rhyl to commemorate the completion of 150 years as a lifeboat station in 2002.

2002
The RNLI’s President, HRH The Duke of Kent presented the Station with an Anniversary Vellum to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Rhyl lifeboat.  The Duke also performed the opening ceremony the new boathouse.

2004
The new class of lifeboat IB1, D632 Godfrey & Desmond Nall was placed on service on Thursday 21 October.  D485 has been withdrawn to ILC.

2008
Her Majesty The Queen, in the recent New Years Honours, honoured Mrs Jean Frost, Manageress of the Rhyl Lifeboat Souvenir Shop, for services to maritime safety.  The award was Member, Order of the British Empire (MBE)

2010
Her Majesty The Queen, honoured crew member Paul Frost in her Birthday List by awarding him a Member, Order of the British Empire (MBE).

2014
The new IB1 lifeboat Mary Maxwell placed on service on 12 August. 

MEDAL RECORD
One Silver and one Bronze medals have been awarded.