NOTE: This content is old - Published: Sunday, Mar 5th, 2017.
Volunteer crews from Flint Coastguard and RNLI Lifeboats from Flint and Rhyl were called out on Sunday afternoon following reports of a ‘mayday’ call on the Channel 16 VHF radio frequency.
The Flint based Coastguard rescue team were paged by Holyhead Coastguard Operations centre along with both RNLI Lifeboat crews at around 4.10pm.
They were responding to reports the word ‘mayday’ – an international radio distress signal used by ships and aircraft, was heard on the dedicated channel 16 VHF radio distress frequency
Commenting on their Facebook page Flint Coastguard said;
“A thorough shoreline search was conducted from Greenfield Docks car park toward Talacre beach checking for anything suspicious and monitoring channel 16.”
A thorough search was also completed by both lifeboats again with nothing found.
Commenting on the call out via their Facebook page Flint RNLI Lifeboat crew said;
“Whilst out on exercise Flint lifeboat was tasked to search from Flint point to Talacre after the spoken words “Mayday” was heard on Channel 16. Flint Coastguard Rescue Team and Rhyl Lifeboat was also tasked.
After a thorough search with nothing found all units stood down and returned to station.”
An update on the RNLI Rhyl Lifeboat website says:
Rhyl All-weather lifeboat crew launched at 4.07pm on Sunday 5 March, after Coastguards at Holyhead picked up the message on the radio via their aerial at Moel-Y-Parc mast.
Flint lifeboat was on exercise by Mostyn at the time, and was tasked to search the River Dee estuary between Talacre and Flint.
Rhyl lifeboat was requested to search from Prestatyn to Talacre about half a mile off shore.
A slow-speed passage was undertaken by both lifeboats but nothing was found. After searching for over an hour, both boats were released to return to their station, the call being either malicious or a mistake.
Rhyl lifeboat crew returned to station at 8pm.