Chernobyl children visit RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A small group visit of children from Chernobyl paid a visit to Flint lifeboat station on Sunday.

Children with lifeboat crew at Flint

RNLI/Richard Polden

Chernobyl Children at Flint lifeboat station

Whilst at the lifeboat station the children with the help of an interpreter were told about water safety, tried on some of the equipment, and not only were able to inspect the lifeboat but witnessed it launch as part of their visit.

Whilst out on the water the volunteer lifeboat crew rescued a sheep which had got stuck in the mud, apparently it ran away none the worse for its experience.

Following lunch at the lifeboat station the children departed to continue their tour of north east Wales.

A lifeboat spokesperson said ‘it was a humbling experience to welcome the children to the lifeboat station; they were really interested in what we did, and were thrilled with the hands on visit’

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

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.

RNLI/Richard Polden

Chernobyl children have lunch at the lifeboat station

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