Teddington RNLI and Hampton Canoe Club conduct Thames rescue training
Teddington RNLI Lifeboat Station managed a successful rescue training exercise with Hampton Canoe Club on the River Thames this week.
The training exercise which took place in the early evening on Wednesday 20 June 2018 just by Teddington Lock, was organised by Jon Barker and Jon Chapman, both helms at Teddington RNLI Lifeboat Station, in partnership with Andrew Wallace of Hampton Canoe Club.
Both Teddington RNLI D class inshore lifeboats (ILBs) were deployed: (D-743 Olwen and Tom and D-785 Peter Saw). The majority of Teddington RNLI crew and shore crew took part in the different rescue scenarios.
Jon Barker emphasised the importance for the RNLI of training with boat clubs on the River Thames: 'We are very lucky to have Hampton Canoe Club in our area, whose members take the trouble to inform our crew on the best ways to recover casualties and boats from the water. The understanding of the intricate details of each class of boat could be vital when operating a rescue at speed and our team benefited hugely from actually having the opportunity to test their skills on live casualties. We can’t thank them enough for sharing our desire to keep people on the Thames as safe as possible as part of the RNLI’s #SaferThames campaign. We look forward to the next session with them later in the year.’
Jon Chapman said: ‘The Hampton Canoe Club members are a great bunch who always ensure we have a brilliant rescue training session. This evening was no different. Everyone enjoyed it and found it very informative, especially our newer crew, many of whom were there. This sort of joint training exercise with recreational and sporting river users really helps us all understand how we can best help one another. Result, we’re much better prepared for recreational incidents on the Thames and, in particular, safe and speedy recovery of those using the water and their equipment.’
Andrew Wallace was very pleased with the training: ‘My friends from Hampton Canoe Club often paddle these waters, and know how delightful, and sometimes how tricky, they can be. We all enjoyed it and it was great to meet so many of the crew. It's been useful and really enjoyable to have a joint training session with the Teddington RNLI crew. We'd encourage other canoe clubs to consider training with their local RNLI or rescue services, so that paddling can become even safer.’
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