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Flint RNLI secure drifting vessel

Lifeboats News Release

Flint volunteer lifeboat crew were tasked by UK Coastguard at 2:49 pm on (Thursday 1 April) after reports of a vessel adrift off Greenfield.

Two boats in the water as Flint RNLI secure vessel at Greenfield Dock


Flint RNLI secure vessel at Greenfield Dock

The lifeboat was taken by road to Greenfield for launch, where the volunteer crew were updated by Flint Coastguard team of its location and arrived on scene 5 minutes later.

As the vessel was located mid-channel and a potential hazard to other river users, it was decided to take it under tow and made secure at Greenfield Dock.

The lifeboat was recovered at Connah's Quay and made ready for service by 5:30 pm.


Notes to editors

  • Flint RNLI lifeboat station was established in 1966. Learn more about Flint Lifeboat Station
  • Since 1966 Flint Lifeboat has launched over 700 times, saved 103 lives, and rescued a further 148 people.  
  • Flint lifeboat and its volunteers responded to 30 calls in 2020 

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