Author: Richard Polden, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Flint RNLI lifeboat was launched after a member of the public contacted North Wales police to report a suspected Microlight crash into the River Dee at Babilt. This message was conveyed to Liverpool Coastguard, which requested the immediate launch of the Flint RNLI lifeboat.
The volunteer lifeboat crew launched at Greenfield at 2.20pm, and carried out a thorough search of the river in the Bagillt area.
Members of the public approached the RNLI shore crew at Greenfield to say they had seen the Microlight at Llanerch-Y –Mor, and a search was then carried out from Greenfield to Mostyn.
It was ascertained that the Microlight came from the Rhuallt area, and was reported to be safe. The search was called off and the lifeboat returned to Flint and was ready for service at 4.30pm.
Alan Forrester, Flint RNLI volunteer lifeboat operations manager said: ‘We carried out a thorough search of the area. In addition the Coastguard were walking the river banks, and the police helicopter also did a sweep of the area.’