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RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat out on exercise in a cold and dark Bay

Lifeboats News Release

Anyone in the area around Brixham harbour last night may have spotted Torbay’s Severn Class all-weather lifeboat illuminated out in the Bay, working alongside another vessel …

Chris Slack Photography

RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat Volunteer Spirit on exercise 7 November 2017

RNLI Torbay Second Coxswain Richard Fowler oversaw groups of volunteer crew members aboard relief boat Volunteer Spirit which set off just before 7pm last night (7 November) to make a planned rendezvous with one of the Brixham pilot boats, offering recent crew members an opportunity to train in tying up alongside another vessel, mooring and berthing methods and all-important towing procedures (although no vessels were actually towed). Crew members also practised moving safely between the lifeboat and the ‘casualty’ vessel.

This kind of training is essential for all volunteer crew, and several RNLI Torbay recruits were able to engage with the session, taking it in turns to practise the various manoeuvres during the 90-minute exercise.

Brixham-based photographer Chris Slack photographed the exercise underway during the hours of darkness, which clearly demonstrates the importance of such training to ensure the effectiveness of our volunteer lifeboat crews during a real night time emergency. RNLI Torbay wish to thank MTS Group Ltd for their assistance with the pilot vessel.


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