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Charity Bowling Match interrupted for Flint RNLI crew

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 13 August, the annual charity bowling match event held by Oakenholt Bowling club for Flint RNLI was cut short for the crew after reports of an unmanned drifting kayak.

RNLI/Aby Norwood

The volunteer crew of Flint RNLI were requested to launch the inshore D- class lifeboat, Lady Barbara, by UK Coastguard to investigate reports of a drifting kayak on the River Dee. At 1.45pm, Flint lifeboat launched at Connah’s Quay dock and headed up river in search for the unmanned kayak.

The kayak was found and looked like it had been in the river for some time. After a discussion with the Coastguard, no further searching was performed, and the lifeboat returned to Connah’s Quay dock with the kayak for recovery.

Thank you once again to Oakenholt Bowling Club in organising the event and raising an amazing £749.53 for Flint RNLI.

Flint Lifeboat was later tasked by UK Coastguard to attend a police incident, however, was stood down before the lifeboat was launched.

James Davies, Flint RNLI Helm requests: 'If no longer useable or wanted please ensure you disposable of any kayaks or equipment properly. If you do see anything in the water, please do not hesitate to call 999 and ask for the coastguard.'

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Flint RNLI or know someone who might be, please email us at [email protected] for more information.

Notes to editors

  • Photo credit: Flint RNLI
  • Flint RNLI lifeboat station was established in 1966. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to
  • Since 2018 Flint RNLI has launched 79 times, saving three lives and aiding a further 19 people

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