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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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Recent launches from this station

Date Time
26/06/2015 14:40
25/06/2015 18:45
16/06/2015 02:38
16/06/2015 02:23
29/05/2015 14:12
29/05/2015 14:12
23/05/2015 18:52
13/05/2015 12:09
13/05/2015 11:57
25/04/2015 17:26

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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.

  • 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

  • Director of Community lifesaving and Fundraising Leesa Haywood, is presented with a framed photo of Rhyl's All-Weather lifeboat "Lil Cunningham" on her visit of 26/2/2015

    Director of RNLI presentation at Rhyl

  • The video, made by Callum Robinson , Crew member at Rhyl , shows Rhyl's rescues from 2010 to 2014.

    Rhyl crew show Director Leesa Harwood a video

  • Director of Community Lifesaving and Fundraising Leesa Harwood talking with Rhyl crew members

    RNLI director Leesa Harwood chats to Rhyl lifeboat crew

  • Volunteer Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station press officer

    Volunteer Moelfre RNLI lifeboat station press officer

  • Moelfre RNLI lifeboat towing in the broken down fishing trawler

    Moelfre RNLI lifeboat towing in the broken down fishing trawler

  • Moelfre RNLI lifeboat towing in the broken down fishing trawler

    Moelfre RNLI lifeboat towing in the broken down fishing trawler

  • Porthcawl RNLI volunteers during a training exercise

    Porthcawl RNLI

  • At sea

    Rhyl's lifeboats

  • Deputy 2nd coxswain Paul Archer-Jones receives a video camera donated by Amanda and Noel of the Cob & Pen public house in Rhyl

    Rhyl crew get donation of video camera

  • Cheque before an ashes ceremony by Rhyl lifeboat. Also present were crew members and the High Sheriff of Clwyd, Mr.John David Meredeith Jones LLB FRSA

    Derek Thompson presents cheque to Rhyl RNLI

  • Rhyl AWB

    Casualty transferring to ambulance

  • Rhyl

    Casualty taken by landrover from all weather lifeboat back to boathouse

  • Medivac from wind farm

    Rhyl lifeboat approaching windfarm vessel

  • LPO Rhyl Deputy 2nd Coxswain.

    Paul Frost MBE

  • RAF helicopter approaching to deploy winchman on to accommodation vessel, 5 miles north of Rhyl.

    Rhyl Lifeboat stands by as RAF helicopter prepares to evacuate unwell man

  • Callum Robinson visits Norway on behalf of the RNLI as part of the European Lifeboat Crew Exchange programme.

    Callum Robinson in Norway as part of the Lifeboat Exchange programme

  • Gemma Gill, Aberystwyth RNLI, visits Denmark on behalf of the charity as part of the Lifeboat Crew Exchange programme.

    Gemma Gill visits Denmark for Lifeboat Crew Exchange programme

  • Deputy 2nd Coxswain, 2nd Mechanic, and volunteer Press Officer, Rhyl RNLI

    Paul Frost MBE

  • Coxswain Martin Jones receiving cheque from Rhyl Golf Club captains Alan Chamberlain-Jones and Aileen Morrill. October 2014

    Rhyl Golf Club present cheque for £750.50 to Rhyl RNLI

  • Rhyl RNLI crew tow disabled yacht

    Rhyl RNLI crew tow disabled yacht

  • 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

Image of lifeboat
 


Lifeboat name: 
Lil Cunningham

Lifeboat class: Mersey

Read more about the Mersey


Image of lifeboat



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.