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Multiple agencies search for missing person in Rhyl harbour

THE fire service, police, coastguards, two RNLI lifeboats, and the Coastguard helicopter involved in search for person last seen entering the water between the road and rail bridges on the river Clwyd at Rhyl harbour.

Following a 999 call, the pagers for the inshore lifeboat were activated by UK coastguard at Holyhead at 2.39 pm on Friday 17 January 2020, followed by the all-weather Shannon lifeboat at 3.20 pm, to help in the search for a person who was reported entering the river Clwyd and swimming to mid-river, when the informant reporting the incident lost sight of the casualty.

The inshore lifeboat was in attendance with North Wales fire brigade, local police, and coastguards from Rhyl, Llandudno and Flint on the banks of the river. The coastguard helicopter from Caernarvon was also tasked to cover the river from Rhyl to St. Asaph.

Pics. Marinetraffic.com & RNL/Callum Robinson

The inshore lifeboat searched as far upstream to Rhuddlan, until restricted by the depth of the river, and back into the harbour, where Rhyl all-weather lifeboat searched the harbour area, assisted by Rhyl harbour staff on shore.

All gullies, banks, and moorings were searched thoroughly by all agencies on scene, with nothing being found.

Crew searching for missing person in harbour. Pic. RNLI/Callum Robinson

An item of clothing was found by the crew of the inshore boat, but at this time, the item has not been linked to the missing person.

Due to the fading light, and with nothing found, all assets were stood down by the UK coastguard at Holyhead, with a view to re-tasking shore-based coastguards at low water tonight, about 9.30 pm. The lifeboats returned to station at 5.45 pm.

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