Yacht in difficulty sparks early morning call for Flint RNLI

Lifeboats News Release

Flint RNLI inshore lifeboat was tasked by HM Coastguard at 2.20am this morning (Wednesday 10 November), following radio communication from a vessel requesting immediate help.

flint lifeboat towing the yacht to safety

RNLI/Aby Norwood

The early morning wake up signalled the first ever call out for Flint's newest RNLI crew member Jay Jones.

On arrival the crew found the yacht had become stuck on the Hawarden rail bridge with the tide causing the vessel to list with one person on board. The person was transferred to the the lifeboat and taken to the slipway, where shorecrew were waiting. The casualty was taken ashore and to the RNLI landrover to be kept warm.

The RNLI crew then returned to the vessel, which have freed itself from the bridge. After assessment by the RNLI helm, the vessel was deemed a danger to navigation. The yacht was taken undertow and made safe at Connah's Quay dock.

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