Posted: Mon 29th Jun 2020

From inflatable unicorns to rescuing people struggling at sea – North Wales RNLI video highlights work of volunteers

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This article is old - Published: Monday, Jun 29th, 2020

A video has been released showing the efforts of RNLI volunteers in North Wales.

From rescuing an inflatable unicorn with no-one in it to helping swimmers struggling in the sea, the footage by the Rhyl RNLI team gives an insight into some of the call outs they received in one day last week.

The team said: “A busy day for the Rhyl RNLI volunteers last Thursday, in what was a busy week.

“Multiple shouts for the crew, involving dingy’s, power and non powered and people in the water.”

Rhyl RNLI Crews Launch on Multiple Services

WATCH: A busy day for the Rhyl @RNLI volunteers last Thursday, in what was a busy week. Multiple shouts for the crew, involving dingy's, power and non powered and people in the water.#SavingLivesAtSea #RNLI

Posted by RNLI Rhyl on Monday, 29 June 2020

The video has been shared at the same time as HM Coastguard has encouraged people to label their property in the event it drifts out to sea.

They said kayaks, canoes and paddleboards are among the items often found on the coastline without their owner.

It can lead to lengthy searches being carried out in an effort to find people when they may be safe at home.

Dai Jones, HM Coastguard duty controller, said: “We recommend that you clearly mark your equipment and other items you bring to the coast with your name and contact details so that if it is lost, stolen or abandoned, we can contact you to make sure that you are safe.

“This really helps us to save a lot of time, and could provide us with extra information we need to help you if we believe you’re in difficulty at sea.

“For canoeists and kayakers, our other safety advice is to wear a buoyancy aid and make sure you carry a VHF radio, so you can contact the Coastguard on Channel 16 if you get into difficulty.

“A Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) is also a good idea for more remote locations, so an accurate position of where you are can be sent direct to the Coastguard.

“And, remember, to tell friends or family where you are going and when you expect to return so that they can contact us if you do not come home as expected.”

“So, please, make a conscious effort to look after your belongings at the coast, label them and stay in touch with us.”

To help you do that – you can order outdoor label name tags for free online. Simply write your contact details onto the paper side and stick onto your piece of equipment. Also make sure to include a direct method of contacting you.

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