Flamborough RNLI crew member passes helmsman course

Lifeboats News Release

Flamborough RNLI crew member, Andy Lyne, has become the first helmsman to pass the intense training course for the Flamborough station in 23 years.

Although the course was mainly station based, Andy travelled down to the charity’s headquarters in Poole, Dorset to participate in a five-day Search and Rescue Navigation Course which included lessons on chart reading, passage planning and setting up and carrying out search patterns.

On station, Andy carried out training in boat handling, firefighting, towing and medical based exercises.

Andy’s final assessment required that he demonstrate his ability and competence to carry out the skills he had learnt over the previous months, and put them into action with the support of the other Flamborough RNLI crew members.

Andy said: ‘This is definitely a great responsibility to take on the role as helmsman and I appreciate the challenges that were put in front of me. Thank you to everybody at the station for their help and support, especially our Lifeboat Operations Manager, David Neild, the management team, current helmsmen and the crew for having faith and putting their trust in me.’

Flamborough RNLI is currently looking for new volunteers from crew members to shore crew to shop workers. For more information, please contact David on 07860630135 or Laura on 07838753286. Alternatively, you can email Flamborough@rnli.org.uk

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For more information please contact Laura Hanson, Flamborough RNLI Press Officer, on 07838753286 or laura_hanson16@hotmail.co.uk

Notes to editors
• Flamborough Lifeboat Station has been operating since 1871.
• To learn more about the Flamborough Lifeboat go to www.rnli.org.uk

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