Portishead RNLI volunteer Emma gets her first call out
It was a normal Sunday morning training session for the volunteers and on board for her second session on the water was new trainee crew member Emma. The crew were working on their navigation skills when a Mayday call came through on the radio.
SARA (Severn Area Rescue Association) who are based at Chepstow and another yacht in the area were also responding to the Mayday with the RNLI volunteers. The second yacht was already on scene and was able to assist the people on to their boat but disaster struck when they also ran aground on rocks.
SARA were able to remove the three people from the first yacht and took them back to Beachley as it was clear that with the outgoing tide the boat would be there for some time. The RNLI volunteers then assisted the second yacht who emptied their ballast tank which fortunately gave them enough buoyancy to float off of the rocks.
On returning to the station at midday, Emma said: ‘It was great to see how the crew communicate and work with the other emergency services, it makes you appreciate why the training that we get is to such a high level. It has made me more determined to get through the training now and become a fully qualified crew member.’
Bob Crane, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Portishead RNLI, said: ‘We wouldn’t normally send our trainees to a Mayday call but as the boat was on the water and we had three other very experienced crew members the helm took the decision to just go with Emma on the fourth seat.
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Photos credit RNLI Portishead.
1 Emma Berger, trainee crew member
3 My Lady Anne RNLI Portishead’s Atlantic 85
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