Flint RNLI assist with casualty extraction

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Flint RNLI volunteer crew were tasked by UK Coastguard on Sunday (9 August) to assist Flint and Wirral Coastguard Teams with the extraction of two casualties on a grass embankment close to the River Dee.

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Flint Lifeboat launching on service at Connahs Quay Dock

Local coastguard teams had worked to free the casualties from the mud and provided first aid before the arrival of the lifeboat.

Due to the mud and difficult terrain it was decided two coastguard mud rescue technicians move the casualties by rescue sled to the waters edge, Flint Lifeboat then transferred the two casualties across the river to Connahs Quay Dock.

With the casualties safely ashore Flint lifeboat returned to the scene to transfer two coastguard mud rescue technicians and equipment back to shore.

The casualties were given further casualty care until the arrival of Welsh Ambulance Service.

Chris Dobson, Helm said: ‘The difficult terrain had made this a particularly difficult extraction for rescue teams. With a rescue plan put in place by all agencies we were able to bring the casualties safely ashore.’

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