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Lifeboat Launch

Lifeboats News Release

Flint RNLI Launched today in response to reports of an explosion and flashes.

Volunteers from Flint RNLI launched just after mid-day from Flint lifeboat slipway to investigate a report of two explosions, followed by two bright flashes in the Bagillt area, the lifeboat carried out a thorough search from Flint to Greenfield. After consultation with the coastguard the lifeboat was stood down, recovered at Greenfield, and returned to Flint by road.

At the helm of the Flint lifeboat ‘Lady Barbara’ today was Rachel McCarthy, Rachel is the first lady helm in the 50 year history of the RNLI at Flint, although Rachel has been on the lifeboat crew for several years, it was only yesterday that she passed out as a fully qualified helmsman. In addition to Rachel sister Carly is also on the crew and Dad Billy is the volunteer station mechanic.

 Report from Richard Polden Flint RNLI volunteer press officer, telephone 01352711185 or 07496770576

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 10 calls and saved 1 life to date in 2016
  • Potential lifeboat volunteers, and enquiries regarding the appeal contact Alan Forrester on 07785593247
  • Flint RNLI celebrated its 50th anniversary in May 2016

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RNLI media contacts

Richard Polden, Flint RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 01352711185 or 07496770596 or Danielle Rush, RNLI Media Relations Manager in Wales on 01745585162 or 07786668829 or RNLI Press Office 01202336789.

Key facts about the RNLI

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, Carrybridge 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.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland

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