DWWC Launches RNLI Flint RIB, Saves Woman Jumping From Flintshire Bridge

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!

RNLI Flint 1

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.

RNLI Flint 2

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.

RNLI Flint 3

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.


A Polite Reminder If You See The Airbus Barge

This is just a polite reminder to all members – if you are lucky enough to see the Airbus Barge on the River Dee – please take care not to disturb it.  Approach it cautiously, give it a wide berth and only pass when it’s absolutely safe to do so, slowly.  If you aren’t sure just sit tight in your boat and wait for it to finish whatever it is doing.

Most seasoned members will already know this, so the message is probably more relevant to newer members, as they might not be aware.  The Airbus barge is the biggest vessel you are likely to see on the Dee Estuary and it looks like this (click on the images for larger ones):

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Notice it says ‘Airbus A380 on board’.  This is because the barge has been specifically designed to transport the wings for the largest Airbus aircraft, the A380, down the estuary, as they are too big to fit inside the ‘Beluga‘ plane which Airbus traditionally used to transport it’s wings around the world.

The Airbus barge takes the wings to the port of Mostyn where they are put on a ship and sailed to France (you may remember this larger ship hitting the news last year when it got beached).

There is also a smaller Airbus Dredger which sails along the estuary, spending much of it’s time moving silt to allow the barge to carry out its’ duties.  Again, even though this is a much smaller vessel than the barge, please give way if you see it.  Thank you.


Club Newsletter

I’m pleased to report that we now have a Newsletter for the club which people can subscribe to.  To get all the latest club news, head over to this page and fill in your name and email address.  You will be notified by email every time we have something to report.

We created a new template for the club newsletters so they look smart

We created a new template for the club newsletters so they look smart

This will help people keep in touch with the latest events at the club and generally improve communication.  It’s also another ‘string to our bow’.

There is another sign up form in the side bar on our News page.

If you would like to know more about this or have any feedback please contact info@dwwc.org.uk or contact us via our Twitter or Facebook pages.


New Picnic Table and Planters

Just a quick update to say we have a new picnic table outside the club, plus some planters with flowers in them.

Thanks to Debbie, Anne, Dave, Ian, Iwan and Ellen for the parts they played in helping with these.

There are few more developments in the pipeline which will improve the appearance of our clubhouse, including more furniture and a lick of paint.

If you know of anyone with spare flowers or planters we would gladly take these off your hands, or if anyone wishes to help out in other areas please contact us by emailing info@dwwc.org.uk or get in touch via our Facebook or Twitter pages.  These small changes make a real difference to our club.

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Committee Meeting Sunday 27th April

Just a quick reminder to anyone on the committee – we have a Committee Meeting at 2pm on Sunday 27th April.

We have made some really good progress of late.  It would be great if we could keep up the momentum.  There are a number of odd jobs which we need to address.  Ones which spring to mind include fixing the sink in the gent’s changing room, getting rid of the old freezer and giving the club house a lick of paint.  We are also working on re-introducing a club Newsletter.

If the people attending could put their thinking caps on beforehand and come with a few ideas to improve things at the club it would be appreciated.  If you would like to put anything forward by email (this is open to everyone, not just committee members) please contact info@dwwc.org.uk.

Hopefully we will see a good turnout!


Our Slipway Is Clear! Thanks To Everyone Involved

I mentioned earlier in the week that our slipway was quite silted up.  I am pleased to report this is now a thing of the past.

Particular thanks to Terry (pictured on the digger) and Ben Smith.  Honorable mentions to Mark Penton (tea-making and picture-taking!) and Bry Wigley for support.  It’s also worth noting that Dave Lewis was planning to do this anyway on Friday but the other guys beat him to it (Dave was kind enough to do the same last year).  I am beginning to wonder if this is an annual ritual at the start of the season!?

Anyway, our slipway is good for launching boats again.  Happy days.  The RNLI will be able to use it again if they wish, so it should be a positive thing beyond our club, which is great.

Big thank you to everyone involved!  Here’s a few snaps of the work taking place:








Take Care Using The Slipway At The Moment!

Just a quick note to say please be careful at the moment if you are using the slipway.  I got an email from a couple of people who went out today who mentioned that it’s quite silted up, so be prepared for this because it may cause some problems.

We will look to get this sorted as quickly as we can.  If you require any further information please email info@dwwc.org.uk or contact us via our Twitter or Facebook pages.



Don’t miss the 2014 AGM and Joining Day This Sunday! 6th April 2PM

547342_480271178654137_1895209403_nThe 2014 Deeside Wakeboard and Waterski Club Annual General Meeting and Joining Day will be held this Sunday, 6th April, at 2PM in our clubhouse.

The Clubhouse is located at the following address:

10a Dock Road
Connahs Quay
North Wales

Everyone is welcome, members and non-members, so the more the merrier as far as we are concerned!  The AGM is the ideal event to find out more about what we do at DWWC and our plans for the forthcoming season.  You can check out our facilities and meet lots of existing members, including those on our committee.

It’s also an ideal time for new members to join and for existing members to renew their memberships for the 2014 season.  Here’s to another good one!

We look forward to seeing you there


Mobile Website Launched

We have just enabled a feature on the DWWC website so it displays nicely on mobile phones

Since the start of this year our website had 3,268 visits.  726 of those have come from mobile phones, which represents about 22% of our total visitor numbers.  Last year the figure was 17%, which reflects the rising number of people using mobile phones to access the internet.


You can still view the full website on a mobile phone by scrolling to the bottom of the screen and clicking on ‘View Full Site’.  Alternatively, most mobile phone internet browsers will allow you to edit your settings to automatically display full sites, which is handy if you are accessing the internet on a larger than average phone or a small tablet.

For any geeks out there, the reason we haven’t used a mobile friendly site before is because this website uses WordPress Twenty Eleven with a custom child theme.  The custom theme didn’t have any functionality for mobile.  A new one was easily created using the amazing Jetpack plugin.


A Big THANK YOU To Those Who Helped Today!

Many thanks to Ann, Debbie, Iwan, Dave, Mark and Richard for helping out with our Maintenance Day today.

Our club house has been thoroughly cleaned, the grass outside the club house has been cut and the garage has been cleared out.  The tractor has also been jet-washed and is now ready for storage over the winter.

maintenance day before

Hard at work

As well as giving things a good clean we had a bit of a de-clutter.  We unearthed some ‘interesting’ artifacts.  This included a ruck of trophies from the 1980’s (the vast majority of which were broken) and an unused Yard of Ale.  Anyone have any idea where this could have come from?

yard of ale

Mark finding a Yard Of Ale

We also found some frozen burgers which were past their use by date.  I was asked not to mention how far past the use by date the burgers actually were, so I will leave this to your imagination!


Mmm, tasty

And here’s the obligatory ‘After’ shot at the end of the day:

maintenance day after

All done! Looking much better!