Fourteen year old boy rescued from River Dee on Wednesday Evening
Flint Coastguard Rescue Team and Flint RNLI lifeboat were called into action last night to assist North Wales Police search for a fourteen yer old boy who was reported to be in the water down river from Flint Castle.
Holyhead Coastguard paged rescue teams just after 9.00pm on Wednesday evening including the Coastguard Rescue Teams from Flint and Rhyl, RNLI Lifeboat, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Coastguard Helicopter Rescue 936 was scrambled from it’s Caernarfon base.
RNLI volunteers launched the lifeboat from Connah’s Quay slipway, within 15 minutes the crew had located the youngster, he was found near a sandbank up to his waist in the river, cold and in a hypothermic state.
The boy was taken on board the lifeboat where the crew wrapped him in a space blanket as they returned to Connahs Quay, on arrival he was handed over to waiting a Coastguard team and paramedics, he was then transferred to hospital by ambulance.
Alan Forrester volunteer lifeboat operations manager said
“Due to low water launch and recovery was particularly difficult, however the four volunteer crew on the lifeboat, and the shore crew did a sterling job, bringing all their training skills into play.”
A Flint Coastguard Spokesperson added:
“Good team effort from all emergency services and many thanks.”