Flint RNLI rescue sheep trapped in the mud

Lifeboats News Release

Flint RNLI recover a sheep trapped in the mud on the banks of the River Dee.

Lifeboat Crew tend sheep

RNLI/Richard Polden

Sheep recovered from mud

Flint RNLI volunteers Sunday morning practice took a different turn when a sheep was recovered from a gutter on the River Dee.

RNLI volunteers spotted a member of the public struggling to assist a sheep in a gutter close to the lifeboat station. Members of the RNLI shore crew managed to recover the sheep. The farmer was informed but due to the location of the sheep the farmer was unable to recover the sheep to his vehicle.

The coastguard were informed of the situation and requested the lifeboat to assist. The lifeboat and its crew recovered the sheep and transferred it to the lifeboat slipway where it was handed over to the farmer at 11:05am.

The lifeboat volunteers then resumed their Sunday morning training


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 volunteers responded to 14 calls in 2018

· Flint lifeboat and its volunteers have responded to 1 call in 2019

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


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For more information please contact Richard Polden Flint RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 01745590331 or 07496770576. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Media Officer on 01745 585162 or 07771 941390.

Lifeboat crew about to hand over sheep

RNLI/Richard Polden

Sheep in Lifeboat

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