RNLI Hoylake Hovercraft recovers three casualties safely ashore in Flint
At 4:34pm on Tuesday 15 October the UK Coastguard requested Hoylake RNLI hovercraft to launch to reports of a boat which had run aground in the River Dee.
The small motorboat had three people on board. Flint RNLI’s D class lifeboat Lady Barbara had been tasked and was heading to the scene half a mile north of Flint Castle with guidance from the Flint Coastguard Rescue Team. Since the tide was on its way out, Hoylake Hovercraft Hurley Spirit was also requested to assist.
The hovercraft and her volunteer crew launched immediately and headed to the scene, where the three casualties had been safely taken onboard Flint Lifeboat. However with the low tide making the area difficult for the inshore lifeboat to navigate, the decision was made to transfer them onto Hoylake Hovercraft. The hovercraft brought the three casualties ashore at Greenfield Dock, where they were handed over to Flint Coastguard officers.
With the casualties safely ashore and requiring no further assistance, the hovercraft and her crew returned to the grounded motorboat to check its condition and gather further details for the Coastguard before heading back to the Hoylake station.
Hoylake RNLI volunteer hovercraft commander Harry Jones said: “Although the state of the tide made this a challenging rescue, by working closely with our colleagues from Flint RNLI lifeboat station and the Coastguard Rescue Team we were all able to ensure three people could be returned safely to the shore.”
When heading out around the coast in any kind of water craft, it’s always important to check the weather and tides and make sure that you have lifejackets and appropriate safety equipment with you.
Notes to editors
- Hoylake lifeboat station has been operating since 1803. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/hoylake-lifeboat-station
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