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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.

This station is classed as a Discover station. ​Our crews from Discover stations are equally welcoming to visitors but many of these stations were built before visitors were considered. These stations normally open their boathouse doors during the summer months. 

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24/10/2014 22:14
24/10/2014 22:08
23/10/2014 19:06
06/10/2014 11:36
23/09/2014 12:40
23/09/2014 11:00
23/09/2014 10:56
23/09/2014 10:53
19/09/2014 16:21
19/09/2014 11:16

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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.

  • Gemma Howell with Rhyl RNLI volunteer Derek Denton

    Gemma Howell with Rhyl RNLI volunteer Derek Denton

  • Rhyl receive a kind donation of PLBs from B&M Stores

    Rhyl receive a kind donation of PLBs from B&M Stores

  • Hoylake RNLI Lifeboat Lady of Hilbre was launched this afternoon to assist in the recovery of the 35 ft yacht Ocean Flier after it encountered difficulties whilst on passage north of the Gwynt-y-Mor windfarm off the Dee Estuary.

    Hoylake lifeboat with the stricken yacht

  • Hoylake lifeboat taken over tow from Rhyl lifeboat

    Rhyl lifeboat service 23/9/2014

  • Hoylake lifeboat approaching casualty to take over tow from Rhyl lifeboat

    Rhyl lifeboat service 23/9/2014

  • Rhyl lifeboat approaching casualty yacht with wind farm vessels in attendance

    Rhyl lifeboat service no. 2 23/9/2014

  • Rescue 122 from RAF Valley Anglesey searching with Rhyl lifeboat

    Rhyl lifeboat service 23/9/2014

  • dinghy found abandoned three miles off Rhyl sparking major search for four hours.

    Dinghy recovered by Rhyl lifeboat 23/9/2014

  • Track of Rhyl lifeboat over seven hours on two callouts

    Track of Rhyl lifeboat 23/9/2014.

  • service by AWB Rhyl

    RAF evacuate unwell technician from windfarm off Rhyl

  • Dion Bowen aged 5

    Donation to Rhyl RNLI

  • Stafford and Hednesford Air Cadets Girls Venture Corps.

    Donation to Rhyl RNLI

  • by 88th Manchester Scouts

    Donation to Rhyl RNLI

  • Rhyl AWB towing disabled F/V 7 Sept 2014

    Rhyl AWB service 7 Sept 2014

  • Crew member from Rhyl RNLi lifeboat prepares for a tow on 7 September 2014

    Rhyl AWB service 7 Sept 2014

  • 3 members of Rhyl Water Ski club with 3 ILB crew after the presentation of a cheque to the RNLI

    Rhyl Water Jetski club and Rhyl lifeboat crew

  • Service to yacht with exhausted skipper and machinery failure off Rhyl 7/8/14.

    Yacht coming alongside Rhyl harbour.

  • Service to yacht with exhausted skipper and machinery failure off Rhyl 7/8/14.

    Yacht under tow

  • Service to yacht with exhausted skipper and machinery failure off Rhyl 7/8/14.

    Rhyl AWB closing on yacht

  • at the Rhyl Beach Fest on Saturday 26th July 2014

    Rhyl inshore lifeboat being launched

  • Aberystwyth RNLI Atlantic 85 class lifeboat Spirit of Friendship

    Aberystwyth Atlantic 85 class lifeboat

  • Blessing of boats ceremony at Rhyl harbour. 7/6/2014

    Rhyl rogation service 2014

  • Blessing of boats ceremony at Rhyl harbour. 7/6/2014

    Rhyl Rogation service 2014

  • Blessing of boats ceremony at Rhyl harbour. 7/6/2014. Revd Andy Grimwood, vicar of Rhyl.

    Rhyl Rogation service 2014

  • Blessing of boats ceremony at Rhyl harbour. 7/6/2014. Rhyl crew before the ceremony

    Rhyl Rogation service 2014

  • Trefnant Guides raise funds for new station notice boards at Rhyl station.

    Trefnat Guides raise funds to buy new station launch notice boards

  • Man had been taken ill whilst working on an offshore windfarm.

    Rhyl AWB crew carry out first aid on windfarm worker

  • at Rhyl harbour's Open day

    Rhyl ILB crew meet the pirates from "The Black Pearl"

  • At Rhyl harbour's Open day on 31/5/2014

    "Captain Jack Sparrow" meets Rhyl Coxswain Martin Jones

  • Crew member with PWC owner returning to Rhyl

    Rhyl lifeboat assist broken down PWC

  • Rhyl crew swim to broken down PWC at assist owner

    Rhyl lifeboat and broken down PWC 6 miles off Rhyl

  • Derek Denton, Rhyl RNLI LEVO, accepts cheque for £250 from the committee of the ladies' lunch club on 27/5/14 at Rhyl Rugby and Social club

    South West Rhyl 50+ Social club presents cheque to RNLI

  • £50 donation to funds from Rainbows

    Ist Nannerch Rainbows present cheque to Rhyl station

  • Kite surfing Instructor Simon Jones of www.prokitesurfing.co.uk instructs Rhyl RNLI lifeboat crew on the rigging of a kite surfing kite wing

    Rhyl crew learn about kite surfing

  • Kite surfing Instructor Simon Jones of www.prokitesurfing.co.uk instructs Rhyl RNLI lifeboat crew on the rigging of a kite surfing harness

    Kite surfing demonstration

  • Rhyl All-weather lifeboat tows in speedboat after engine failure 19/4/2014

    Rhyl AWB tows in casualty

  • speedboat broken down off Rhyl

    Rhyl Inshore boat transfers tow in Rhyl harbour

  • Rhyl AWB approaches the casualty off Rhyl . Speedboat with engine failure and 5 anglers on board.

    Rhyl all-weather lifeboat approaches casualty

  • Rhyl ILB rescues male from water between Rhyl and Prestatyn

    Rhyl ILB callout Friday 4th April 2014

  • Rhyl AWB called to transfer an injured man from a windfarm support vessel off Rhyl

    Rhyl all-weather lifeboat callout 3rd April 2014

  • Accepting cheque from pupils of Ysgol Glan Gele after a tour of the boathouse given by Derek the week before.

    Derek Denton (left) and Dougie Lonsdale of Rhyl RNLI

  • At the Rhyl crew dinner in 2005

    Eric davies, JP, BEM; receiving his valedictory letter

  • Darrel Graham (left) receives his 20-year badge and certificate from Divisional Operations Manager Mark Crumb at Rhyl's annual crew dinner

    Darrel Graham (Rhyl) and 20-year badge

  • Donation to Rhyl station  by widow and family of local Funeral Director

    Presentation in memoriam of Mr John Stuart Cooke, Rhyl

  • With so many of their employees and retired staff affected by the floods in St Asaph and more recently in Rhyl, Qioptiq made a kind donation to the RNLI Flood Rescue Team. A total of £697 was raised during the proceeds of their Christmas raffle and Christmas card poster appeal.

    St Asaph based Qioptiq makes kind donation to RNLI

  • Despite the cold weather, volunteers from Rhyl RNLI fundraising branch enjoy raising funds for 'SOS' day with a collection at Sainsbury's Rhyl on Friday 31 January. With a two hour shift system in operation throughout the day, £532 was raised for the RNLI charity.

    Rhyl RNLI collection on SOS Day

  • RNLI Flood Rescue team rescue four from flooded farmhouse

    RNLI Flood Rescue team rescue four from flooded farmhouse

  • RNLI Flood Rescue team rescue four from flooded farmhouse

    RNLI Flood Rescue team rescue four from flooded farmhouse

  • RNLI Flood Rescue team rescue four from flooded farmhouse

    RNLI Flood Rescue team rescue four from flooded farmhouse

  • RNLI Flood Rescue team rescue four people from flooded farmhouse

    RNLI Flood Rescue team rescue four from flooded farmhouse

  • Pwllheli lifeboat crew assist five from flooded caravans

    Pwllheli lifeboat crew assist five from flooded caravans

  • Pwllheli lifeboat crew assist five from flooded caravans

    Pwllheli lifeboat crew assist five from flooded caravans

  • Pwllheli lifeboat crew assist five from flooded caravans

    Pwllheli lifeboat crew assist five from flooded caravans

  • Pwllheli lifeboat crew assist five from flooded caravans

    Pwllheli lifeboat crew assist five from flooded caravans

  • Rhyl ILB crew and ambulance and police officers help recover man from sea 16/12/2013

    early morning call for Rhyl 16/12/2013

  • Man recovered by North Wales police from sea back to beach. ILB crew then recovered man and police office to station to waiting ambulance.

    Person brought ashore by Rhyl Inshore lifeboat 16/12/2013

  • The new Tamar class lifeboat John D Spicer has just arrived on station. She replaces the Tyne class Hetty Rampton, which had served here proudly since 1987.

    Welsh RNLI volunteers welcome outdoor coastal rescue exhibition to Cardiff

  • Lifeguards and lifeboats head out to sea as 1,500 athletes from 43 different countries arrive to compete in the Ironman triathlon at Tenby's North Beach.

    Welsh RNLI volunteers welcome outdoor coastal rescue exhibition to Cardiff

  • Porthcawl'd the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Rose of the Shires punches through heavy surf.

    Welsh RNLI volunteers welcome outdoor coastal rescue exhibition to Cardiff

  • Gwyneth Atkinson, RNLI volunteer, on the beach at Rhyl lifeboat station. Photo by Nigel Millard.

    Gwyneth Atkinson - RNLI volunteer

  • The casualty safely tied up on a pontoon in Rhyl harbour after having engine failure off Abergele.

    Rhyl RNLI lifeboat crew and casualty vessel

  • Rhyl RNLI welcome fundraiser

    Rhyl RNLI welcome fundraiser

  • Close-up of the plaque on the memorial to 6 crew who drowned when the lifeboat "Gwylan_Y_Mor" capsized in 1853.

    The plaque on the memorial to drowned crew at Rhyl

  • Lady Langford unveils the plaque to 6 crewmen who drowned off Rhyl in 1853 from the lifeboat on service

    Unveiling of Memorial at Rhyl 22/9/13

  • The memorial, unveiled on 22/9/13, to 6 crew members of Rhyl lifeboat "Gwylan-Y-Mor" who drowned on service in 1853.

    Memorial to 6 crew members of Rhyl Lifeboat

  • Taking over tow from RIB on service

    RIB and broken down Jetski 2013.09.15

  • Rhyl AWB on service to Jetski

    Rhyl AWB service 2013.09.15

  • Members of Lesley Wilde's Zumba class and crew members from Rhyl RNLI station who recently undertook a 1.5 hours' Zumbathon to raise funds for crew training at Rhyl.

    Zumbathon raises funds for Rhyl crew training

  • Dolphin was stranded in the River Dee and could not get back to open water, so Flint and Rhyl crews took her out to sea and released her.

    Flint and Rhyl RNLI crews release stranded dolphin

  • After smoke was detected ion the engine room of a windfarm service vessel, the lifeboat escorted it at slow speed to Rhyl harbour. Once safely moored in Rhyl harbour, the lifeboat returned to station.

    Windfarm boat with one engine, comes alongside in Rhyl harbour under escort from Rhyl AWB

  • Stranded dolphin is set free by the RNLI

    Stranded dolphin is set free by the RNLI

  • Stranded dolphin is set free by the RNLI

    Stranded dolphin is set free by the RNLI

  • Flint and Rhyl RNLI volunteers escorts dolphin to safety

    Flint and Rhyl RNLI volunteers escorts dolphin to safety

  • Flint and Rhyl RNLI volunteers escorts dolphin to safety

    Flint and Rhyl RNLI volunteers escorts dolphin to safety

  • Rhyl AWB goes alongside a windfarm support vessel to evacuate a sick worker.

    Rhyl All-weather lifeboat closing casualty vessel

  • Rhyl volunteer lifeboat crew have been kept busy today (Wednesday) launching four times in 4 hours to people in trouble at sea due to offshore winds.

    Inflatable dinghies keep RNLI volunteers busy off Rhyl coast

  • Rhyl inshore lifeboat recovers 2 children and council lifeguard after the lifeguard swam out to calm them after their dinghy is swept out to sea on an offshore breeze and ebb tide on 25/7/2013

    Rhyl ILB recovers 2 and 1 lifeguard

  • Rhyl all-weather lifeboat stands by an accommodation vessel as casualty is winched up by rescue helicopter

    Rhyl AWB stands by windfarm accomodation vessel

  • Rhyl ILB crew assist coastguards resuscitate a woman pulled from the sea, floating face down on morning of 22/7/13. Woman revived and taken to hospital.

    Rhyl ILB crew assist coastguards with woman in sea

  • Rhyl ILB crew assist coastguards recovering a male who had been trapped in mud in Rhyl harbour

    Rhyl RNLI crew assist coastguards recover male trapped in mud in Rhyl harbour

  • Rhyl ILB takes over tow of broken down boat in Rhyl harbour, from Rhyl AWB

    Rhyl ILB takes over tow from Rhyl AWB

  • Rhyl RNLI lifeboat goes alongside broken down fishing boat off Rhyl, to tow it into harbour.

    Rhyl All-weather lifeboat approaching casualty vessel

  • Rhyl LPO Paul Frost

    Rhyl LPO Deputy 2nd Cox Paul Frost

  • RHYL ILB launching on service for the 7th time in one day to a missing child off Prestatyn

    Rhyl ILB launches on service 163/7/2013

  • Rhyl ILB tows a small fishing boat into Rhyl harbour after its' main and auxiliary engines failed. 3 people on board.

    Rhyl inshore lifeboat tows disabled speedboat to harbour

  • 2 volunteers recovered from busy shipping lane at the approach to the port of Mostyn 210/7/2013

    Rhyl RNLI recover 2 in inflatable in shipping lane

  • 2 persons in an inflatable recovered by Rhyl RNLI volunteers from busy shipping lanes on the approach to Mostyn port 10/7/2013

    Rhyl RNLI recover 2 in inflatable in shipping lane

  • broken down Jetski off North Hoyle windfarm. Crew member assisting owner to clear debris from water intake.

    2nd shout of day for RHYL AWB crew

  • Both of Rhyl's lifeboats attended a Jet ski taking in water off Prestatyn. Jet ski towed to shore by ILB

    Rhyl RNLI lifeboats assist PWC

  • with Coxswain Martin Jones on exercise with Rhyl lifeboat "Lil Cunningham" to mark his retirement as Vicar of Rhyl and Rhyl RNLI station chaplain.

    Retiring station chaplain John Glover

  • Canon John Glover at his surprise buffet at the end of an exercise to mark his retirement as chaplain of Rhyl RNLI lifeboat station

    Rhyl station chaplain Canon John Glover at surprise buffet

  • Rhyl RNLI's shop volunteers 2013

    Rhyl RNLI's shop volunteers 2013

  • Porthcawl RNLI lifeboat

    Porthcawl RNLI lifeboat

  • Both Rhyl's lifeboats were called to 2 casualties who had gone over the rock groyne at the entrance to Rhyl harbour.18 May 2013

    Rhyl ILB and AWB called to 2 casualties at Rhyl harbour entrance

  • Abersoch RNLI cliff rescue

    Abersoch RNLI cliff rescue

  • Picture of Radar on board Rhyl Lifeboat "Lil Cunningham", returning from major windfarm exercise "Argo" at Gwynt-Y-Mor windfarm. Shows 3 fields - North Hoyle to left (Easterly); Gwynt-Y-Mor in centre; and Rhyl Flats to right (West)

    Windfarms off North Wales Coast,

  • Navigator Chris Stockport preparing route into Gwynt-Y-Mor windfarm, exerciose "Argo" 30/4/2013. Rhyl RNLI volubnteer crew.

    Rhyl RNL:I crew navigator exercise "Argo" Gwynt-Y-Mor North Wales

  • Rescue helicopter "Seaking 122" recovering "Casualty" from monopole in Gwynt-Y-Mor windfarm, being constructed about 8 miles off the North Wales coast. Taken from Rhyl RNLI lifeboat.

    Exercise "Argo" Gwynt-Y-Mor windfarm off Rhyl

  • Rhyl RNLI volunteer crew transferring "Casualty" from Windfarm support Vessel "Penrhos Bay", 8 miles off Rhyl for major windfarm exercise "Argo". 
Credit Karen Maurice, - Karen.maurice@rwe.com
07557758184.

    Offshore windfarm exercise "Argo" off Rhyl

  • Woman rescued from sea off Rhyl promenade

    Woman rescued from sea off Rhyl promenade

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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).

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