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Flint RNLI lifeboat launched after concern raised for dog walker

Lifeboats News Release

Flint RNLI lifeboat launched last evening (Sunday 12 November) after concern was raised for a dog walker on a sandbank on an incoming tide.

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The station's volunteer crew were paged by the UK Coastguard at 5.35pm and was five minutes later. The dog walker had been spotted on a sandbank half a mile east of Flint Lifeboat Station.

With a flooding tide and losing light it was decided to launch the station's D class lifeboat to conduct a shoreline search of the area.

The lifeboat was taken by road to launch at Connah's Quay Ski Club slipway and once on scene the lifeboat crew fired two illuminating flares.

Nothing was seen and the UK Coastguard was informed. It was then agreed that the person must have made their own way off the bank to safety so the lifeboat was stood down and returned to the launch site to be recovered returned to station and made ready for service by 8pm.

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