New figures have revealed Rhyl’s lifeboat station was the busiest in North Wales in 2016.
The RNLI said the Rhyl crew were called out 66 times last year – and in the process, rescued 50 people and saved two lives. Across the North and Mid Wales coasts, crews at sixteen stations saw a 15 per cent increase in call outs with 562 people rescued.
The busiest RNLI station in Wales for the second year was Mumbles, where the lifeboat was launched 83 times, while the crew at Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan rescued 109 people – more than any other station.
In all, there was an 11 per cent rise in launches across Wales with 1,162 people rescued and 73 lives saved. Reasons for call-outs included machinery failure, missing people searches and rescues of those at risk of drowning or cut off by the tide.