PPE For Volunteers
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rhyl Lifeboat Station approached Gwynt y Môr for possible funding for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for their essential volunteers. With the £2,000 fund awarded by Gwynt y Môr all staff, lifeboat crew members and essential volunteers at Rhyl Lifeboat Station were provided with PPE during activity associated with the station, e.g. rescues, training, operational management, and cleaning.
Thanks to PPE received Rhyl Lifeboat Station and its crew were able to remain fully operational and maintained a 24 hour search and rescue service through the whole of 2020. They launched their Shannon-class All Weather Lifeboat Anthony Kenneth Heard 17 times, coming to the aid of 8 people who otherwise would have found themselves in serious danger. The crew also launched their D-class Inshore Lifeboat Mary Maxwell 40 times, coming to the aid of 23 people in an emergency. Without the PPE to protect our crew members and casualties, we simply would not have been able to launch to these people in need. Your support helped keep the service operating.
All casualties and rescuees were provided with PPE including face masks and gloves. Social distancing was maintained where possible, especially on the larger Shannon lifeboat, but inevitably crews and the public were at close proximity during rescues from the water and onboard the smaller inshore lifeboat. PPE enhanced the level of protection for the casualties and the crew.
“We’re hugely thankful to the Gwynt y Môr Community Investment Fund for their support in funding our PPE at Rhyl Lifeboat Station. It has been a challenging year for us and it has been great to see the support from the Fund and the wider community when we’ve needed it most. On behalf of the volunteer crew members at Rhyl, we thank you so much for your generous support.
With your support, the crew were able to continue operating their lifeboats throughout the pandemic, launching to people in distress at sea. The crew launched their lifeboats Mary Maxwell and Anthony Kenneth Heard at total of 57 times in 2020, coming to the aid of 31 people who otherwise would have found themselves in serious danger.
As restrictions eased over the summer last year, thousands flocked to the coast to make the most of the warmer weather. This saw a rise in call-outs for lifeboats across the UK and Ireland, and Rhyl experienced a busy season. Despite the added risk of Covid-19, our volunteers remained dedicated and focussed on saving lives at sea. Following a call-out to two people in a small dinghy with no engine off Kinmel Bay in June 2020, Martin Jones, Rhyl Lifeboat Coxswain said: 'We always recommend people check the forecast before heading out to sea. Our crew have remained on call all through lockdown and are always ready to respond to any situation, due to the Inshore Lifeboats size our crew wore full PPE and face masks during the service call, as social distancing was not possible’. “