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Flint RNLI respond to suspect item in river

Lifeboats News Release

Holyhead Coastguard requested the assistance of Flint RNLI lifeboat following a report of a possible sighting of a car in the River Dee around the Blue Bridge area at Queensferry.

The request for Flint RNLI to assist was received at 5.35pm, the lifeboat was launched at Connahs Quay and proceeded to carry out a search of the river from the Blue Bridge area upstream to the Saltney Ferry Footbridge, whilst the Coastguard carried out a river bank search.

Following a thorough search Holyhead Coastguard called of the search at 7.30 pm; the lifeboat was recovered, and returned to Flint where it was made ready for service by 8.30pm.

Report from Richard Polden Flint RNLI volunteer press officer, telephone 01745590331 or 07496770576

Notes to editors

  • Flint RNLI lifeboat station was established 1966. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to

Flint lifeboat as at 31st December 2016 has launched 694 times, saved 99 lives, and

Rescued a further 229 people

  • Flint lifeboat and its volunteer crew responded to 16 calls, saved 2 lives, and rescued 4 people in 2017
  • Potential lifeboat crew and fundraising volunteers, contact Alan Forrester on 07785593247


RNLI media contacts

For more information contact Richard Polden, Flint RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 01745 590331 or 07496770596 or Danielle Rush, RNLI Media Relations Manager in Wales on 01745585162 or 07786668829. Alternatively contact RNLI Press Office 01202 336789.

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