Posted: Mon 5th Dec 2016

Coastguard teams and RNLI Lifeboat continued River Dee search today for missing person

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Dec 5th, 2016

Flint-based Coastguard rescue team along with colleagues from Wirral Coastguard and the Flint RNLI Lifeboat were called out for a second day today to search along the River Dee for a missing person.

North Wales Police also assisted search teams this afternoon, it follows an extensive search of the River Dee late last night after reports a vulnerable person was threatening to ‘self-harm’ ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

>> Late night River Dee search for person ‘threatening self-harm’ called off after nothing found ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Last night’s search took place freezing cold conditions and involved the Hawarden based police helicopter which was seen hovering over Connah’s Quay and Shotton for more than an hour as the crew supported search teams on the ground. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The RNLI Flint lifeboat launched at 11.24pm on Sunday night, they were joined by a Coastguard rescue team from the Wirral. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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Coastguard officers and volunteers from the RNLI searched the river from the Flint Bridge down to the Blue Bridge at Queensferry but nothing was found. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Holyhead Coastguard Operations Centre made the decision to stand the search down at around 2.30am. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Flint and Wirral Coastguard officers resumed the search today just before 3pm. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Teams scoured both riverbanks 500 metres north and south of the Flintshire bridge, while the Flint RNLI Lifeboat searched from the slipway at Dock Road up to lamp rock, Flint. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Following a thorough search and with nothing found all search teams were stood down and returned to stations. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

A Coastguard official praised the “excellent multi-agency team work” between the police, RNLI Flint Lifeboat and Coastguard search teams at the scene. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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