It’s a well known fact that the RNLI Flint have access to our slipway. But it’s not very often we get to launch one of their boats…
Last Sunday, after a brilliant day on the water (how good were the conditions?), a fleet of emergency vehicles suddenly descended on the car park outside our club. There were at least 5 police cars and an ambulance, as well as vehicles from the RNLI, HM Coastguard… even a police helicopter buzzing around overhead.
A woman in her 30’s was threatening to jump from Flintshire Bridge into the water below.
By coincidence, we had just pulled our boats out with the tractor, so they asked if we could launch the RNLI Flint RIB. Naturally, we were only too happy to oblige!
Iwan (while initially reluctant to take his dry suit off) donned his superhero cape and jumped in the tractor, the rib then arrived and was attached to our vehicle.
Conditions-wise the slipway wasn’t too bad – much of the mud had been cleared after we had been launching our own boats that day – so it was a relatively smooth descent into the water.
I am pleased to report that, according to this article on the Deeside.com website, the woman in question is now in stable condition. The article also mentions the following statements:
A Police spokesperson said:
“North Wales Police received a phone call from a member of the public concerned about the safety of a woman seen walking in the vicinity of the old power station in Connahs Quay. Officers were dispatched and a short time later she was located on the new bridge over the Dee in Connahs Quay. Unfortunately officers were unable to secure the woman before she fell from the bridge into the river. She was very quickly recovered by the inshore lifeboat.”
“The woman, who is local to the area and aged in her 30’s was conveyed to the Countess of Chester hospital and later to Aintree hospital in Liverpool where her condition is described as stable.”
A Welsh Ambulance service spokesperson said;
“We were called by police at 5.30pm.
Responded with one crew in an emergency ambulance, and a woman in her 30s with serious injuries was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital.”
An onlooker since uploaded the following video showing us launching the boat:
We hope the woman makes a full and speedy recovery and we were pleased to be helpful to the RNLI and other emergency services who dealt with the incident.