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£1M training fund helps Rye Harbour RNLI lifesaver learn vital skills

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A recently-recruited volunteer crew member at Rye Harbour RNLI lifeboat station has had a vital part of his crew training funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

Photo of Rye Harbour crew member Matt Ellis

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Rye Harbour crew member Matt Ellis

Matt Ellis, aged 35 from Rye, East Sussex, recently travelled to the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, to the charity’s Crew Emergency Procedures course. Matt was inspired to join up as a volunteer crew member because he had always been involved in water activities and is a keen sailor. He realised the important role that the RNLI played in saving lives at sea and teaching the public to respect the water and wanted to give back to this dedicated charity by getting involved. He had spent twelve years in the Army before retiring as a Captain in 2012 and was used to working in a team that shared the same goals: a good background for the RNLI.

The course sees volunteer crew being trained in a variety of crucial topics such as how to ‘abandon ship’ with a 4m jump into water, team survival swimming, coping in a life-raft in simulated darkness, how to right a capsized inshore lifeboat, and the importance of lifejackets. It also covers emergency fire theory such as how to deal with fires aboard lifeboats, and practical sessions on the correct use of flares, fire extinguishers and throw bags.

Training took place in the Sea Survival Centre at the charity’s college, which includes a 25m wave-generating survival tank, allowing trainees to experience first-hand some of the scenarios they may encounter at sea should they ever need to abandon their lifeboat.

The training was funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a charitable foundation that helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research. The Foundation is committed to funding the RNLI’s Crew Emergency Procedures course for a second 5-year period until December 2020. This additional funding of £1.06M will bring their total support for RNLI crew training to just over £2.46M*.

Talking about the training, Matt, who volunteers as a crew member, said: ‘It was a great experience to take part in this course. Not only was it well put together, resourced and delivered, it enabled me to take part in realistic scenarios that were challenging and rewarding. The real value was that the facilities at Poole let you train in situations that you could never re-create back at station.’

David Knaggs, Lifesaving Delivery Training Manager at the RNLI added, ‘We are so grateful to Lloyd’s Register Foundation for choosing to fund this vital part of our volunteer crews’ training.

Their support is hugely important to us, and it’s fantastic how many of our crew have so far been able to benefit from Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s support of their training. This training is crucial in helping keep our volunteers as safe as possible whilst carrying out rescues. It gives volunteers the confidence to save lives even in the most difficult conditions.’

This donation is the latest in Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s relationship with the RNLI, which was recognised in 2010 when it received the Group Supporter Award from HRH Prince Michael of Kent in recognition of its valuable support of the charity.

Notes to Editors

  • *Lloyd’s Register Foundation donated £1M to the RNLI over 5 years from 2010–2015; and £400K over 2 years from 2008–2009, taking over the obligations of the Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust in 2013.
  • Lloyd’s Register Foundation have supported the training of over 3000 volunteer crew members for the RNLI

About Lloyd's Register Foundation

Lloyd’s Register Foundation is a charitable foundation which helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research. www.lrfoundation.org.uk

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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,200 lives.

Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland and registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736)

four crew members in the boat at Rye Harbour

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Matt Ellis on a training exercise at Rye Harbour
Matt Ellis (second from right) out training at Rye Harbour

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Matt Ellis (second from right) out training at Rye Harbour

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