CALL outs for Flint’s lifeboat more than doubled this summer.
The town’s RNLI crew was called out 10 times between June and August, a 60 per cent increase on 12 months ago.
The busy summer season was reflected across Wales, where the RNLI has its busiest season in 24 years.
In Flintshire it was Davina the Dolphin who stole the headlines for the Flint crew at the end of August.
The errant common dolphin got stuck swimming in the Dee Estuary for days, before crews from Flint RNLI were involved in a daring rescue, picking the beached mammal up and taking her out to open sea to be released.
Lifeboat launches across Wales as a whole rocketed 43 per cent in the same June to August period, compared with figures for summer 2012.
Of the 31 lifeboat stations in Wales, all but seven reported an increase in emergency calls with some experiencing ‘dramatic rises’.
Other memorable call outs included Llandudno RNLI rescuing a man dressed as a large inflatable Mickey Mouse and crews from Anglesey coming to the aid of actress Jennifer Ellison.
Nationally, the charity’s lifeboats launched 4,300 times – the most in 24 years – with lifeguards attended 14,814 Incidents.
Colin Williams, RNLI regional operations manager for Wales said: “It has been one of the busiest summers I can remember in Wales.
“To think 24 of our 31 lifeboat stations have seen the number of launches rise is astounding and shows the true dedication of our lifeguards and lifeboat crews to saving lives at sea.”
Mr Williams added: “I would like to thank our dedicated supporters and fundraisers.”
Flintshire coastguard Garry Jones said his crew, who normally work alongside the lifeboat on coastal rescues, has had its ‘busiest year ever’.
“When the RNLI are out, we are out,” said Mr Jones, who has been a coastguard for 30 years.
“This has been our busiest year ever so far. We spent four days with the dolphin and there have been more incidents on the river.
“The weather has played a big part in this.”