Posted: Wed 13th Apr 2016

Coastguard called out after 3 men seen cruising down the River Dee in a ….FRIDGE FREEZER!

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Apr 13th, 2016

A Flint based Coastguard Rescue Team were called out on Tuesday evening to reports of a person sailing a fridge down the River Dee. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Officer’s received the call from Holyhead Coastguard Operations Centre at around 7.30pm last night after a member of the public reported seeing the fridge freezer and occupants along a stretch of the River Dee near to Connah’s Quay docks ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Upon arrival the Coastguard Rescue Team found the skipper and crew had left the area with the makeshift vessel abandoned at waters edge. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Officers moved the fridge to a safe area they also carried out some ‘modifications’ which has now rendered ‘HMS Zanussi’ unseaworthy. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Commenting on Facebook Flint Coastguard said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Many thanks to the first informant and members of the public for helping us with our enquiries. Team stood down and returned to station.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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The Maritime and Coastguard Agency rightly took a dim view of the stunt, they said: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Last night, three men with a plank of wood for a paddle set sail in a fridge freezer at Connah’s Quay, Flintshire. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The UK Coastguard sent the Flint Coastguard Rescue Team to the area but the men had made it safely to shore and abandoned their ‘vessel’. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

They were extremely lucky they didn’t sink or get stuck in the mud when the fridge ran aground. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

We want to say thank you to the members of the public who made multiple calls to the Coastguard reporting this incident – you did exactly the right thing calling us” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Pictures/Flint Coastguard Rescue Team. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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