Emergency Day Emergency for Flint RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Emergency Services day at Flint turned into just that, the Fire Service were called just after arriving in the morning, & in the afternoon the lifeboat was called to a catamaran stranded on a sandbank.

Around 2.30 pm a member of Flint RNLI volunteer crew spotted a catamaran aground on a sandbank 1 mile north of the lifeboat station, the situation was monitored and later in the afternoon Holyhead coastguard were informed, and authorised an immediate launch.

The lifeboat was taken by road to Greenfield where it launched and proceeded to the catamaran which was soon located with two persons on board high and dry on the sandbank. The occupants were well equipped with radio, lifejackets & flares, and after discussion with Holyhead coastguard the lifeboat crew were happy to leave them aboard to await the incoming tide.

The lifeboat then returned to Greenfield where it was recovered, it returned to Flint where it was ready for service at 6.40 pm.

Report from Richard Polden Flint RNLI volunteer press officer, telephone 01745590331 or 07496770576

Notes to editors

  • Flint RNLI lifeboat station was established 1966. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/flint

Flint lifeboat as at 31st December 2017 has launched 689 times, saved 100 lives, and

Rescued a further 248 people

  • Flint lifeboat and its volunteer crew responded to 14 calls, saved 3 lives, and rescued 6 people in 2017
  • Flint lifeboat and its volunteer crew responded to 8 calls in 2018
  • Potential lifeboat crew and fundraising volunteers, contact Alan Forrester on 07785593247


RNLI media contacts

Richard Polden, Flint RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 01745590331 or 07496770596 or Danielle Rush, RNLI Media Relations Manager in Wales on 01745585162 or 07786668829 or RNLI Press Office 01202336789.

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