Coastguard warning after adults and child drift out to sea on inflatable

The Coastguard has issued a warning after two adults and a child drifted out to sea on an inflatable.

Rhyl RNLI was also made aware of the incident off Robin Hood Caravan Park, Rhyl, shortly before 1pm yesterday.

Those on board returned safely and emergency services were suspended.

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But the incident prompted a Coastguard warning about how people are risking lives on inflatables, with advice given.

A statement from the Flint Coastguard Rescue Team said: “The team called up by Holyhead MRCC to support the Rhyl Coastguard Rescue Team with a technical rescue of two adults and a child drifting towards the sea in an inflatable off Robin Hood Caravan Park at Rhyl.

“Fortunately, as we prepared to leave, word got through that the injured had returned to the beach unaided.

“RNLI Rhyl also launched her ILB to assist in the rescue but pulled out shortly after launch.”

Deputy station officer Tristan Rochfort said: “This summer has seen a large number of inflatables drifting out to sea, putting hundreds of lives at risk, including rescue teams who have to deploy for the Inflatable structures should ideally remain in swimming pools.

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“But if you decide to take them to the beach, remember these key points:

  • Make sure you have a tether attached and someone strong enough to hold back the winds.
  • Wear a life jacket
  • Carry a means of contacting the Coast Guard (a cell phone to call 999 or VHF radio channel 16)
  • If you fall in the water, remember, don’t panic and float on your back to live

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