Posted: Sun 20th Jan 2019

Flint lifeboat crew called into action after member of public saves sheep from drowning.

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Jan 20th, 2019

Flint RNLI volunteers Sunday morning practice took a different turn when a sheep was recovered from a gutter on the River Dee.

The crew of RNLI Flint lifeboat were called into action on Sunday morning while out on exercise in the River Dee.

The crew were alerted by a member of the public who had pulled the sheep from a water filled gulley on the banks of the river close to the lifeboat station.

The farmer was informed but due to the location of the sheep the farmer was unable to recover the sheep to his vehicle.

Writing on Deeside.com Facebook Page Kirsty Armitage, who rescued the sheep from the gulley, said: I just did what I had to do! Poor thing was frozen and up to its neck had to do something fast or it would have died.”

Picture: RNLI/Richard Polden.

“They [Lifeboat Crew] came out once I’d pulled the sheep out as they had seen me from the life boat station and thought I was stuck!

They were good they got something to keep the sheep warm and we did try to get it back on its feet but it was so tired poor thing!

It must have wandered off!

If it hadn’t of been for my dog I would never have even seen it as it was neck deep!

They had to put it in the boat as the sheep wouldn’t walk and it was far too muddy to get a vehicle down their.

Luckily I also managed to notify the farmer who quick to get there.”

Picture: Bill Johnson – RNLI Flint (and feature image)

A spokesperson from RNLI Flint said: “Whilst out on our Sunday training exercise RNLI  Flint lifeboat was alerted by a member of the public who had removed the sheep from a water filled gully.

We transported the sheep via our boat to the farmer who was waiting on flint slipway with a pick up truck.”

The crew captured the rescue on video.

The RNLI said: “The coastguard were informed of the situation and requested the lifeboat to assist.

The lifeboat and its crew recovered the sheep and transferred it to the lifeboat slipway where it was handed over to the farmer at 11:05am.”

The lifeboat volunteers then resumed their Sunday morning training

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