The Maritime and Coastguard Agency have issued a warning after three men attempted to use a fridge freezer as a makeshift boat.
A coastguard spokesman reported the incident on the River Dee and warned: ‘Things not to set sail in… a fridge freezer.’
Last night, three men with a plank of wood for a paddle ‘set sail’ in a fridge freezer at Connah’s Quay, Flintshire. The UK Coastguard sent the Flint Coastguard Rescue Team to the area but the men had made it safely ashore and abandoned their ‘vessel’.
A spokesman for Flint Coastguard Rescue Team said: ‘They were extremely lucky they didn’t sink or get stuck in the mud when the fridge ran aground. We want to say thank you to the members of the public who made multiple calls to the Coastguard reporting this incident – you did exactly the right thing calling us.’
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