VIDEO: The Mumbles RNLI first training exercise with new Coastguard helicopter
The Mumbles RNLI has issued a video showing a volunteer being winched into the Coastguard Search and Rescue Helicopter during a training first for the station.
The volunteer crew of The Mumbles all-weather lifeboat Roy Barker IV got a chance to test their skills with the new Coastguard helicopter 187 for the first time.
As part of the Wales National Airshow in Swansea Bay earlier this month the lifeboat volunteers got the chance to demonstrate a typical joint lifeboat-helicopter rescue.
Volunteer lifeboat crew member Keiran Dunstan took to the water and showed what it's like to be rescued by the new Coastguard helicopter service as he was winched up.
He was then winched back down onto the deck of the Tamar class Roy Barker IV.
The lifeboat crew were part of the display on both days of the Airshow across the weekend, which had over 100,000 visitors.
Andy Miles, Lifeboat Press Officer and crew member at The Mumbles RNLI, said: 'It was great to work with the new Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter and the team. This kind of training between agencies is a vital part of being prepared when major emergencies do happen.'
Notes to editors:
The attached video should be credited RNLI/The Mumbles
For further information call Andy Miles, The Mumbles RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer at The Mumbles lifeboat station on 01792 361268 or Chris Cousens, RNLI Press Officer, Wales and West, on 07748 265496 or 01745 585162 or the main RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789/
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.