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Flint RNLI called out to overturned boat

Lifeboats News Release

Two volunteers at Flint RNLI lifeboat station spotted what appeared to be a boat on its side about a mile from the lifeboat station.

Holyhead Coastguard were contacted, they requested immediate launch of Flint RNLI lifeboat, the lifeboat launched at 12.40 pm at Connahs Quay, as it was low water the assistance of the tool track launching vehicle was required to get the lifeboat through the silt & mud on the slipway.

The lifeboat proceeded to the location of the boat, which was quickly found, it was in a poor condition, and had obviously been in the river for some time. The boat was made safe, and the coastguard informed.

As the lifeboat was about to return to shore Holyhead Coastguard requested the lifeboat to standby, as the Flint Coastguard team had spotted a fishing boat on a sandbank, with one occupant out of the boat chest deep in the water. The lifeboat stood by until the fisherman was back in his boat, before returning to Greenfield to recover and return to Flint.

Back at the lifeboat station the lifeboat was washed down, refuelled and made ready for further service at 3.40 pm.

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 www.rnli.org.uk/flint

Flint lifeboat as at 31st December 2017 has launched 689 times, saved 100 lives, and

Rescued a further 248 people

  • Flint lifeboat and its volunteer crew responded to 14 calls, saved 3 lives, and rescued 6 people in 2017
  • Flint lifeboat and its volunteer crew responded to 6 calls in 2018
  • Potential lifeboat crew and fundraising volunteers, contact Alan Forrester on 07785593247

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RNLI media contacts

Richard Polden, Flint RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 01745590331 or 07496770596 or Danielle Rush, RNLI Media Relations Manager in Wales on 01745585162 or 07786668829 or RNLI Press Office 01202336789.

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