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Flint lifeboat crew search for missing boy

FLINT lifeboat crew went straight from a training exercise to help with a real emergency.

On Sunday the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteers joined colleagues from Rhyl, Llandudno, and Hoylake, together with HM Coastguard, and RAF Search & Rescue helicopter from 22 Squadron at RAF Valley, in an HM Coastguard exercise to test responses of the emergency services in incidents in and around the off-shore wind farms.

Flint RNLI crew were tasked to assist in the search for a small boat which had launched the previous evening.

The crew was about to go back to shore, just before 3pm, when they received a call from North Wales Police about an 11-year-old boy who had gone missing from Warren Caravan Park, Prestatyn.

They carried out a search of the area until the boy was found safe and well on shore at about 3.20pm.

Alan Forrester, volunteer lifeboat operations manager for Flint, said: “Everybody was pleased with the outcome of the exercise, I was pleased with the performance of our crew, and that the missing boy was safe and well.”

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