Two Lukes train for RNLI Torbay!

Lifeboats News Release

Two trainee lifeboat crew members, Luke Netherton and Luke Soul, have just returned from an intensive Crew Emergency Procedures training course at RNLI College in Poole, Dorset.

The two volunteer lifeboat crewmen (who joined the Torbay crew just under a year ago) returned last week from their hands-on training session at the charity’s headquarters, funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation. As well as classroom theory lessons, they were required to undergo realistic and demanding emergency procedures in the RNLI Sea Survival Centre's 25m wave-generating tank, enduring simulated storm conditions including cold, darkness and lightning whilst conducting ‘abandon ship’ procedures and deploying life rafts.

The Lukes – who enjoy rugby and fishing when not at work - agree the course was strenuous but thoroughly enjoyable. Both young men are local; Luke Soul lived in Brixham until age 14 when his family moved to Spain, and is loving being back in his home town. Luke Netherton has always lived in the same area of Torbay, and works as an auctioneer at Brixham Trawler Agents.

The two young men have long held an ambition to join the RNLI, and say being part of the team has met their expectations, citing a great bunch of crew mates (and banter!), and giving something back to the community as their motivation. They report that recalling the many aspects of safety training in the moment of leaping 4m into cold, stormy water (whilst mindful of their own safety and that of others) was exciting, challenging and rewarding.

When asked what people might be surprised to learn about them, Luke Soul mentioned that he speaks Spanish, and Luke Netherton said he only weighs 8 stones … we’re not sure we believe that one Luke, but on behalf of the local community thank you both for forming part of our amazing volunteer lifeboat crew!

The two Lukes describe the Torbay team as ‘one big family’ and indeed the RNLI Torbay volunteer lifeboat are on standby 24/7 to help save lives at sea, giving up their time to ensure they remain highly trained and regularly on exercise with Torbay’s Severn Class and D Class lifeboats. To date, the Lloyds Register Foundation has supported the training of over 3000 RNLI volunteer crew, an impressive record and one which the charity values immensely.

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For more information please telephone Victoria Bowen, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 07794 043 428: or contact Carrie Garrad, RNLI Regional Media Officer on 07786 668 847: or alternatively RNLI Public Relations at Poole HQ on 01202 336 789.

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Luke Netherton (left) and Luke Soul aboard RNLI Torbay all-weather lifeboat

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The two Lukes with their course colleagues at RNLI College, Poole

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