Flint RNLI called to stranded marine mammal
Flint volunteer lifeboat crew were tasked by UK Coastguard on Saturday (13 June) to assist British Divers Marine Life Rescue and Flint and Rhyl Coastguard Teams with the stranding of a Fin Whale in the Dee Estuary.
Flint lifeboat remained on scene for a number of hours with crew members assisting marine medics in keeping the whale wet and comfortable until it was able to float off the bank on the high tide.
The British Divers Marine Rescue provided a further update on Sunday 14 June. Despite the best efforts of everyone involved, the Fin whale had become stranded again. A licensed drone pilot with permission to fly in the area observed the whale and sadly it appeared to have no signs of life.
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Flint RNLI lifeboat station was established in 1966. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/flint
Since 1966 Flint Lifeboat has launched over 700 times, saved 103 lives, and rescued a further 148 people.
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