Flint RNLI launch to Mayday call

Lifeboats News Release

Holyhead MCA (Coastguard) requested the assistance of Flint RNLI lifeboat after a mayday call was heard over the VHF radio.

Flint RNLI lifeboat launch at Greenfield at 12.35pm following a Mayday call; this coincided with a report that a kayaker was overdue at its destination. Flint lifeboat searched the Welsh side of the River Dee whilst the RNLI lifeboat from West Kirby was carrying out a search on the English side of the River.

Flint lifeboat searched an area from Connahs Quay to Talacre whilst West Kirby concentrated on an area around Hilbre Island.

Following a thorough search with nothing found Holyhead MCA called off the search and Flint lifeboat returned to Greenfield, and thence to Flint at 4pm.

Notes to editors

  • Flint RNLI lifeboat station was established 1966. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.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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