Flint RNLI tow drifting boat to safety

Lifeboats News Release

Flint volunteer lifeboat crew was tasked by UK Coastguard on (Wednesday 27 January) after further reports of an object, possibly a vessel off Greenfield.

RNLI/Gavin Jones

The vessel was taken under tow to Greenfield Dock

Flint lifeboat proceeded to Greenfield for launch where they were updated by Flint Coastguard team who had a visual on the object approximately 1.5 miles off Greenfield.

On arrival the object was identified as the vessel that we had been called to a few days previously. At the time of the original call a tow was unsuccessful, however with more favourable conditions and the vessel deemed a navigation hazard to other river users another attempt was made to take it under tow, this time the vessel was successfully taken to Greenfield Dock and made secure by lifeboat crew and Coastguard.

Notes to editors 

  • 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.  
  • Flint lifeboat and its volunteers responded to 30 calls in 2020
  • Potential lifeboat crew and fundraising volunteers, contact Alan Forrester on 07785593247 

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For more information contact Carly McCarthy and Aby Norwood Flint RNLI volunteer press officers, on Carly_McCarthy@rnli.org.uk or Aby_Norwood@rnli.org.uk. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Regional Media Officer on 07771 941390 or RNLI Press Office 01202 336789.


The vessel was successfully taken to Greenfield Dock and made secure

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