Flint RNLI join multi-agency search

Lifeboats News Release

Flint RNLI volunteers joined a multi-agency search for over six hours in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Holyhead MCA (Coastguard) requested the assistance of Flint RNLI D-class lifeboat following a report of a person seen in the river at Connahs Quay.

Flint RNLI lifeboat volunteers were alerted at 11.57pm and proceeded to Connahs Quay where the lifeboat was launched. The volunteers carried out an immediate search of the surrounding area.

Coastguard teams including the helicopter using its onboard thermal imaging equipment were also involved with the search.

After an intensive search by all agencies Holyhead coastguard advised all teams to stand down.

The lifeboat was recovered at Connahs Quay and returned to Flint where it was made ready for service at 6.30am.

Alan Forrester Volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager said ‘The conditions were challenging to say the least. Due to sub zero temperatures and the volunteers welfare we made three crew changes during the night. I cannot speak highly enough of my volunteers efforts during this long and difficult night service’

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 towww.rnli.org.uk/flint
  • Since 1966 Flint Lifeboat has launch over 700 times, saved 100 lives, and rescued a further 148 people.

· Flint lifeboat and its volunteer crew responded to 14 calls, saved 3 lives, and rescued 6 people in 2017

· Flint lifeboat and its volunteers have responded to 12 calls in 2018

· Potential lifeboat crew and fundraising volunteers, contact Alan Forrester on 07785593247

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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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