First call for Lady Barbara

Lifeboats News Release

The new Flint RNLI lifeboat Lady Barbara received her first call on Bank Holiday Monday when two Kayakers were reportedly stuck on a sand bank.

Holyhead Coastguard requested the lifeboat to assist the Coastguard team who were already on scene at Connahs Quay, the lifeboat proceeded to the casualty with two lifeboat crew and two coastguard mud rescue team. When the lifeboat arrived on scene the Kayakers were found not be in difficulty.

In addition to this being the first launch for Lady Barbara, it was also a first for ‘Tool Track’ a tracked launching vehicle which is invaluable in launching and recovering the boat into water at low tide.
The RNLI Flint crew were delighted that Lady Barbara had received her first call, and also very impressed with the new launching vehicle, which tackled the low water muddy conditions very efficiently.
Photo:- Lady Barbara being launched at Connahs Quay with the new Tool Track vehicle.
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Report from Richard Polden Flint RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, telephone 01352711185

Notes to editors
• Flint lifeboat station has been operating since 1966. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to  
• 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 5 calls to date in 2016
• Potential lifeboat volunteers should contact Alan Forrester on 07785593247
• Flint RNLI are celebrating its 50th Birthday in May 2016
• Flint lifeboat station received a new £48k ‘D class’ lifeboat ‘The Lady Barbara’ in May this year.
• For details about the Flint lifeboat appeal contact Alan Forrester on 07785593247

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