Flint rescue three girls rescued from mud

Lifeboats News Release

Three girls were led to safety last night by Flint RNLI after becoming stuck in the mud in the River Dee about half a mile from the lifeboat station.

An RNLI management meeting was brought to an abrupt end when a member of the public rushed to the lifeboat station to report three girls in difficulty in the mud about half a mile from the station.

An RNLI shore crew was immediately despatched to the scene, Holyhead coastguard were informed of the situation, and they authorised the immediate launch of Flint’s D-class lifeboat Lady Barbara. The lifeboat launched at Greenfield at 8pm and stood by whilst the shore team led the girls safely ashore.

The lifeboat was recovered at Greenfield and returned to Flint where it was washed down, refuelled and made ready for service at 9.15pm.

Alan Forrester volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager at Flint said: ‘If it had not been for the swift action of the member of the public the outcome could have been a lot different, particularly as the tide was coming in’.

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 3 calls in 2019

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

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