Flint RNLI launch to reflective object sighting

Lifeboats News Release

MRCC Holyhead requested the assistance of RNLI Flint on Saturday 15 April following the sighting of reflective object by the Flint Coastguard team.

Flint Lifeboat volunteers were alerted at 12.20am, the lifeboat was taken by road to and launched at Greenfield. The object was soon identified as an unlit buoy with retro reflective strips. The lifebuoy crew reported their findings to MRCC Holyhead, following the sighting of red flares earlier the lifeboat was requested by MRCC to continue their search up river to the Flintshire Bridge, nothing was found and the lifeboat was recovered at Connahs Quay.

The lifeboat was back at Flint lifeboat station at 2.15am and was made ready for service by 2.45am.

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 14 calls and saved 1 life to date in 2016
  • Potential lifeboat volunteers, and enquiries regarding the appeal contact Alan Forrester on 07785593247
  • 2016 Busiest year ever for Welsh lifeboat volunteers

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