FOUR men had to be rescued after their fishing boat suffered a mechanical failure.

The boat – which had suffered a mechanical failure on its outboard engine – was drifting in the shipping channel between Prestatyn and Talacre. The incident happened on Sunday.

A spokesperson from Rhyl lifeboat said: “Both lifeboats were paged to assist a seven metre Dory sports fishing boat with four people on board, who had suffered mechanical failure on their outboard engine. Rhyl local coastguard team were also tasked at the same time.

“When the services got to site, the vessel had come ashore but required returning to Rhyl. It had shipped a fair bit of water in the surf.

“With the help of the coastguards and local RNLI lifeguards, the boat was successfully refloated and the inshore lifeboat towed the craft to the waiting all-weather lifeboat.”

Three of the men were returned to Rhyl by the coastguards, and the remaining person was taken aboard the lifeboat which then returned to Rhyl with the casualty in tow.

The spokesperson added: “The craft was recovered on to its trailer at Rhyl beach, and the lifeboats returned to station at 5pm, having had to pump water from the craft with the lifeboat’s salvage pump. The vessel’s occupants were then able to take their craft away.”