Drifting vessel prompts callout for Flint RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

A drifting vessel with engine failure sparked the launch of Flint RNLI inshore lifeboat.


Flint RNLI towing vessel to Greenfield Dock

A request to launch was received from UK Coastguard at 12.19pm after a report was received from members of the public that a small RIB had lost power and was adrift in the river Dee near Bagillt, with one person on board.

Flint RNLI lifeboat launched at Greenfield and proceeded to the casualty vessel. Once on scene, the lifeboat took the vessel under tow back to Greenfield Dock, where Coastguard officers and lifeboat crew assisted in mooring the vessel securely.

A Flint RNLI spokesperson said:

'We urge people to always wear a lifejacket, carry a means for calling for help and check the weather and tide times before heading out on the water.'

Notes to editors 

  • Flint RNLI lifeboat station was established in 1966. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/flint
  • Since 1966 Flint Lifeboat has launched over 700 times, saved 103 lives, and rescued a further 148 people.  
  • Flint lifeboat and its volunteers responded to 14 calls in 2018 
  • Potential lifeboat crew and fundraising volunteers, contact Alan Forrester on 07785593247 

RNLI media contacts

For more information contact Carly McCarthy and Aby Norwood Flint RNLI volunteer press officers, on [email protected] or [email protected] Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Regional Media Officer on 07771 941390 or RNLI Press Office 01202 336789. 


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