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Flint's station history


Inshore lifeboat station established in May with the placing on service of a D class lifeboat.


Bronze Medal awarded to Helmsman Robert Alan Forrester in recognition of his courage, leadership and seamanship when the lifeboat rescued the crew of two of the cabin cruiser Heron II, aground and taking water one mile south east of Mostyn Dock in a strong north westerly wind and rough sea on 26 February 1983.  Framed Letters of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution were awarded to crew members Denis James Smith and Terrance Henry Jacklin.


New purpose-built boathouse constructed.  This replaced the previous Hardun boathouse in which the station’s D class lifeboat was housed.


A special framed certificate was presented to the station in recognition of the services carried out by them under extremely difficult circumstances between 26 February and 1 March when, during hurricane force north westerly winds and very high tides, the area of Towyn and Pensarn suffered severe flooding.  Flint lifeboatmen strove tirelessly for up to 14 hours each day and succeeded in helping one hundred and eighty people to safety.


Framed Letters of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution awarded to Mr Graham Oare in recognition of his prompt actions, when on 5 June he went out in his 17 foot open fishing boat and rescued three fishermen after their boat had capsized and sunk off Flint Castle.


The D class lifeboat withdrawn and replaced by a new D class lifeboat D510 on Wednesday 16 October.


Deputy Launching Authority Bill Towers had been assisting as a shore helper during a service on 9 April.  He suffered a severe stroke at the lifeboat station and was taken to hospital where he died the next day.


The new class of lifeboat IB1, D658 Sir Y Flint was placed on service on Tuesday 19 December.  This lifeboat was generously funded by The Flintshire Lifeboat Appeal.  Lifeboat D505 has been withdrawn to the Relief Fleet.