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Abersoch inshore lifeboat exercise with HM coastguard rescue helicopter 936

Lifeboats News Release

Abersoch RNLI volunteers and Rescue Helicopter 936 undertook a joint exercise on the 29 May.

Abersoch RNLI volunteers and Rescue Helicopter 936 undertook a joint exercise on the 29 May. This coincided with the Abersoch RNLI fundraisers event at the lifeboat station as hundreds of people were welcomed to the station by volunteer crew members and fundraisers alike. The fundraisers had prepared a feast of cakes and refreshments and the volunteer crew members also provided a BBQ for all to enjoy.

In the afternoon all were treated to the spectacle of the training exercise of Rescue helicopter 936 and the Abersoch Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat The Peter and Ann Setten. The joint operation took place in the Abersoch bay area for all to see and enjoy. It involved repeated fly-buys with Rescue Helicopter 936 landing a winchman on the bow of Abersoch inshore lifeboat whilst matching each other’s speed. This is a vital operation to exercise as it simulates the transfer of casualties from the inshore lifeboat to the helicopter.

Andrew Gunby, Volunteer Helm at Abersoch RNLI (exercise co-ordinator) said:

'The operation was a great success and provided us with valuable training with the helicopter. Two of our volunteer crew members today are prospective helms and this gave them vital hands-on experience of working alongside HM coastguard Rescue helicopter 936. We are very grateful for their co-operation today and look forward to working with them again in the future.'

Phil Brown, Chairman of Abersoch RNLI fundraising committee continued:

'The whole day was a great success as it raised valuable funds for the charity and also provided vital training for our dedicated volunteer crew members. I must also thank the fundraisers who have turned out today once again and shown there dedication to the charity.'

Phil Griffiths photography

Phil Griffiths photography

Phil Griffiths photography

whinchman landing in bow.

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