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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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Recent launches from this station

Date Time
27/08/2016 20:34
27/08/2016 20:25
26/08/2016 16:47
23/08/2016 19:06
22/08/2016 17:25
17/08/2016 13:27
16/08/2016 15:42
15/08/2016 15:22
15/08/2016 12:09
14/08/2016 19:30

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  • Duck Boat Race

    29/05/2017

    Spring Bank Holiday RNLI Duck Race at Dyserth Waterfalls

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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.

  • Sept 2016

    candidates on basic trainee course Poole from Rhyl

  • L-R Ben Hirst; Mathew Baines; Kev Taggart; Andy Keenan

    four trainee Rhyl crew on basic training at Poole

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    Cal_Robinson

  • Peter Pan & Captain Hook visit Rhyl

    Peter Pan & Captain Hook visit Rhyl

  • coming alongside to evacuate injured crewman

    Medivac M/V AASLI off Rhyl 22/8/16

  • evacuating sick crewman 10 miles out from Rhyl

    Rhyl AWB crew and M/V AASLI 22/8/16

  • Carys and Lewis McElroy entertain the crowds with the live music at Rhyl Lifeboat Open Day 2016.

    Carys and Lewis McElroy at Rhyl Lifeboat Open Day

  • Rhyl May Queens join Carys and Lewis McElroy at Rhyl Lifeboat Open Day

    Rhyl May Queens join Carys and Lewis McElroy at Rhyl Lifeboat Open Day

  • Rhyl RNLI lifeboats on display during Open Day.

    Rhyl RNLI Lifeboat Open Day

  • Rhyl RNLI inshore lifeboat

    Rhyl RNLI inshore lifeboat

  • Harry Maskall (Rhyl honorary crew 29)

    Haary Mascall on board Rhyl AWB 13/8/16

  • Ashes scattered on 12/8/16. L-R Ex-coxswain Bruce Herbert, ex-Coxswain Peter Robinson, and Revd Stan Walker.

    Scattering of ex-crew John Povah's ashes

  • together with Rhyl ILB crew and local coastguard team.

    Coastguard helicopter recue 936 and casualty.

  • Vera Skelly, Ivy Mark and Irene Rogers raised funds for Rhyl RNLI.

    Coxn Martin JOnes of Rhyl RNLI accepts cheque for £420.00

  • Rhyl lifeboat on callout

    And the collecting box came too!

  • jetski display

    DJR jetski at Rhyl 2017 raft race

  • start in harbour

    first race of Rhyl RNLI harbour raft race 2017

  • The cup went to the victorious Hearts FC for their raft coming first . John Povah died a month earlier, so is a poignant reminder to the harbour community where John was a leading light.

    Dave Clark (organiser) with Pam Povah, presenting the John Povah cup

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    Rhyl RNLI

  • Beaumaris RNLI Atlantic 85 class inshore lifeboat

    Beaumaris RNLI Atlantic 85 class inshore lifeboat

  • Beaumaris RNLI lifeboat

    Beaumaris RNLI lifeboat

  • On Saturday at 3.30am Llandudno RNLI volunteer crew members service their lifeboat after her four hours at sea

    On Saturday at 3.30am Llandudno RNLI volunteer crew members service their lifeboat

  • search off North Wales after "Mayday" message.

    Seaqrch areas 23/7/2016 North Wales

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    Rhyl Inshore lifeboat at sea

  • Some of the RNLI volunteer crew members who feature in the BBC One Saving Lives at Sea series.

    Some of the RNLI volunteer crew members who feature in the BBC One Saving Lives at Sea series.

  • Rhyl RNLI Raft Race Poster

    Rhyl RNLI Raft Race Poster

  • Romec donates oars for Rhyl RNLI Raft Race

    Romec donates oars for Rhyl RNLI Raft Race

  • Derek Denton, Rhyl RNLI LEVO, with miss Galaxy Wales (Kia Owens) Left, and Miss Flintshire International (Rachael Tate) on right. 29/6/16.

    beauty queens visit Rhyl RNLI

  • Miss Galaxy Wales Kia Owens(in black), and Miss Flintshire International Rachael Tate (in red) visit Rhyl 29/6/16

    Beauty Queens visit Rhyl RNLI

  • John Povah presenting the "John Povah Cup" to the victorious Rhyl yacht club team in the 2015 Rhyl harbour raft race.

    Death of John Povah, ex-crew Rhyl, 26/6/16.

  • John Povah (R) ex-crew Rhyl, with Peter Robinson (centre) ex-coxswain Rhyl lifeboat, on a diving trip with Rhyl diving club. John passed away 26/6/16.

    Rhyl ex-crew member Jiohn Povah, passed away 26/6/16.

  • John Povah, 2nd left, passed away 26/6/2016.

    Death of John Povah, ex-crew, Rhyl

  • Rhyl Inshore Lifeboat takes over the tow from Rhyl all-weather lifeboat.

    Rhyl inshore lifeboat takes over tow

  • Rhyl lifeboat tow in 25 foot boat.

    Rhyl Lifeboat tow in 25 foot boat

  • Peter Robinson with son Callum Robinson, wife Jan Robinson and Rhyl Mayor Councillor Sarah Roberts

    Peter Robinson awarded Honorary Freeman of Rhyl

  • broken down engine 4 people on board

    Rhyl ILB returning fishing boat to harbour 8/6/16

  • Mr. Charles Hunter-Pease

    Chairman of Trustees visits Rhyl 8/6/16

  • Rhyl RNLI lifeboat launched to a man in the water

    Rhyl RNLI lifeboat launched to a man in the water

  • RNLI lifeguards and Rhyl volunteer lifeboat crew rescued a swimmer in difficulty off the north Wales coast yesterday afternoon.

    RNLI lifeguards and lifeboat crew save swimmer off Rhyl beach

  • man swimming out to sea, saved by lifeguards, and brought to shore by Rhyl ILB crew.

    Rhyl RNLI lifeboat crew and RNLI lifeguards rescue swimmer 5/6/16

  • man swimming out to sea, saved by lifeguards, and brought to shore by Rhyl ILB crew.

    swimmer rescued by RNLI lifeguards and RNLI lifeboat, Rhyl 5/6/16

  • child swept out to sea, rescued by woman and brought back to shore

    First incident at Llandulas Rhyl ILB 5/6/16.

  • Andrea and Andy Keenan got married at Rhyl 4/6/2016.

    Rhyl HMCG/RNLI couple tie the knot

  • Andrea and Andy Keenan get wed 4/6/2016.

    Rhyl HMCG/RNLI couple tie the knot

  • transferring tow from ILB to AWB

    speedboat aground Talacre 28/5/16

  • recovering vessel . Rhyl AWB and ILB

    vessel aground Talacrew 28/5/16

  • crew taking recovered boat ashore at Rhyl

    Speedboat aground Talacre 28/5/16

  • with mascots Milo Monkey; Hetty Hippo; and Leo Lion, with crew members (l-r) Paul Frost, Derek Denton, and coxswain Martin Jones.

    cheque presentation Rhyl

  • with mascots Milo Monkey; Hetty Hippo; and Leo Lion, with crew members (l-r) Derek Denton, Coxswain Martin Jones, and Paul Frost.

    Lyons Robin Hood camp cheque presentation to Rhyl crew

  • man fallen on charter fishing vessel 16/5/16

    Casualty receiving care from Rhyl crew

  • service to man fallen on charter fishing vessel 16/5/16

    Rhyl crew transferring casulaty on stretcher from fishing boat

  • casualty on charter fishing vessel seven miles NNW of Rhyl

    Rhyl RNLI first-aiders on casualty

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    Rhyl ILB returns after service 8/5/16.

  • Rhyl ILB service to broken down speedboat off Rhyl.

    Rhyl ILB towing casualty into Rhyl harbour 6/5/2016

  • service to broken down speedboat off Rhyl.

    Rhyl ILB launching on service 6/5/2016

  • service 22/3/16

    casualty vessel in Rhyl harbour showing smoke damage

  • Rhyl all-weather lifeboat service 22/3/2016

    Casualty heading wrong way near rocks in Rhyl harbour

  • Rhyl RNLI volunteer crew members, left to right, Tara Elliot, Reeve Turner, Dougie Lonsdale, Paul Frost MBE, Damian Cavanagh, Darrel Graham and Tina Elliot

    Rhyl RNLI crew receiving their Letter of Thanks

  • EX-Coxswain (now DLA) Peter Robinson receiving director's letter signed by George Rawlinson, from Divisional Operations Manager Lee Firman.

    Rhyl annual crew dinner 2016. Director's letter to DLA Peter Robinson

  • L-R Coxswain Martin Jones ; Rhyl Mayor Cllr Barry Mellor; Amanda and Noel from the Cob & Pen pub

    Rhyl annual dinner 2016 Presentation of David Benjamin Jones award

  • Glynn and David Davies present cheque for £35000 as legacy from Mrs. Doris Davies.

    Legacy presentation at Rhyl 20160312

  • An RNLI lifeguard in action

    An RNLI lifeguard in action

  • 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

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Lifeboat name: 
Lil Cunningham

Lifeboat class: Mersey

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

Read more about the Mersey


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Lifeboat name:
Mary Maxwell

Lifeboat class: D class

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.