Flint RNLI took delivery of its new lifeboat ‘Lady Barbara’ yesterday and within a couple of hours she was in the water being put through her paces.
Excitement was at a high level at Flint RNLI lifeboat station yesterday morning when ‘Lady Barbara’ was lifted from the RNLI delivery wagon, a beaming David Sadler husband of the late Barbara after whom the boat was named said ‘ this a proud day for me, our family, and everybody at the lifeboat station’
After a couple of hours of gear transfer and a check over it was off to Greenfield to put ‘Lady Barbara’ through her paces.
The new £48k lifeboat ‘Lady Barbara’ was partially funded by a generous £35k donation from local RNLI supporter David Sadler in memory of his late wife Barbara who sadly died in April 2015. The remaining £13k is being raised as part of the lifeboat stations 50th anniversary appeal.
Alan Forrester volunteer lifeboat operations manager at Flint lifeboat station said ‘ this is an exciting and special day for our lifeboat station, for David and his family, and for the people of Flint, Barbara was a huge supporter of this station and the RNLI, and this lifeboat will be a constant tribute to her’.
Notes to editors
- Flint lifeboat station has been operating since 1966. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/flint
- Flint lifeboat and its volunteer crew have responded to 16 calls to date in 2015 and saved four lives, and assisted seven others.
- Flint lifeboat and its volunteer crew have responded to 4 calls to date in 2016
- Potential lifeboat volunteers should contact Alan Forrester on 07785593247
- Flint RNLI are celebrating its 50th Birthday in May 2016
- New lifeboat ‘ Lady Barbara’ arrived 19th May 2016.
- For details about the Flint lifeboat appeal contact Alan Forrester on 07785593247
RNLI media contacts
Richard Polden, Flint RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 01352711185 or 07970713441 or Danielle Rush, RNLI Media Relations Manager in Wales on 01745585162 or 07786668829 or RNLI Press Office 01202336789.
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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.
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