Flint RNLI tasked to speedboat whilst on training exercise
On Thursday evening (August 13) whilst our volunteer crew took part in their first afloat exercise since lockdown began, RNLI shore crew heard calls for help as a speedboat suffering engine failure was drifting towards rocks near Connah’s Quay Dock.
With UK Coastguard informed, Flint lifeboat was tasked and arrived on scene five minutes later. On arrival, they found a 19ft speedboat with four persons on board who confirmed they were all fine but required assistance getting back to shore.
The volunteer crew quickly established a tow and made the short journey back to Connahs Quay Docks where the occupants and vessel were safely brought ashore.
RNLI launching Authority said: ‘It had been a long day for our volunteer crew taking part in their first permitted exercise since lockdown began, our crew were able to quickly put training into practice and safely bring the vessel and its occupants ashore.
If you are going out on the water, we urge people to wear a buoyancy aid or lifejacket. It is also important to know the weather forecast and the state of the tide, and to carry a means for calling for help.’
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.