RHYL lifesavers have had the busiest summer in the whole of Wales after callouts more than doubled.
Provisional figures released by the RNLI reveal lifeboat launches across Wales between June – August rocketed by 43 per cent compared to last year.
Volunteers at Rhyl saw call-outs increase during the summer from 31 incidents in 2012 to 76 incidents this year while the inshore lifeboat attended 58 incidents compared with 24 in 2012.
Paul Frost, from Rhyl RNLI, said: "We were getting calls as soon as the lifeboat was coming back.
"It takes a toll on the crew members, their family and their social lives.
"They have spent many, many hours here."
Mr Frost said call outs had increased as a result of confusion on how to access Rhyl Harbour following improvement work.
The crew also assisted with the rescue of a dolphin which become stranded on sandbanks on the River Dee.
The dolphin was continually monitored by British Divers Marine Life Rescue and released away from shallow waters so she wouldn’t get disorientated again.
Colin Williams, RNLI regional operations manager for Wales, said: "It has been one of the busiest summers I can remember in Wales, with the fine weather seeing people flock to the coast.
"To think 24 of our 31 lifeboat stations in Wales have seen the number of launches rise is astounding and shows the true dedication of our lifeguards and lifeboat crews to saving lives at sea."
Statistics reveal RNLI lifeboats and lifeguards across Wales have been exceptionally busy, with RNLI lifeguards responding to 946 incidents and RNLI lifeboats launching 726 times.