Calshot RNLI experience the value of teamwork on land, sea and air

Lifeboats News Release

Volunteers from Calshot RNLI Lifeboat Station recently spent a day visiting fellow south coast rescue teams to learn more about how each one operates.

Calshot RNLI crew visit the National Maritime Operations Centre

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Calshot RNLI crew visit the National Maritime Operations Centre
When Calshot RNLI are tasked to an incident they often work alongside other rescue teams including HM Coastguard rescue teams, search and rescue helicopters, and the police.

During an incident these teams work together to ensure the best possible outcome, so understanding how each team works can make a huge difference.

First, the Calshot RNLI's volunteer crew made their way to Lee-on-the-Solent to meet with Hill Head HM Coastguard Rescue Team. The crew from Calshot were able to look around their search and rescue mobile unit, and their mud rescue trailer and equipment.

From here the Calshot RNLI crew went over to Daedalus Airfield, Lee-on-the-Solent, and met with the team who fly the rescue helicopter. They were fortunate enough to be able to look around the Rescue 175 helicopter (an Augusta 189), which is often out on shouts with the Calshot team.

The volunteer crew then made their way to the
National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) in Fareham. They had a tour of the building and visited the ops room where they could see first hand how tasks are handled and emergency calls are dealt with.

Calshot Lifeboat Operations Manager Di Carrier said: 'The Calshot crew found this day really beneficial and are grateful to these teams for allowing them to visit, understanding how each of the teams work strengthens the process of them working together. '

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland.

Key facts about the RNLI

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 or by email.

The RNLI is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland

Calshot RNLI visit Hill Head HM Coastguard Rescue Team

RNLI/Laura Bean

Calshot RNLI visit Hill Head HM Coastguard Rescue Team
Calshot RNLI look around Rescue 175 Helicopter

RNLI/Laura Bean

Calshot RNLI look around Rescue 175 Helicopter
Calshot RNLI crew visit the National Maritime Operations Centre

RNLI/Laura Bean

Calshot RNLI crew visit the National Maritime Operations Centre
Calshot RNLI crew visit the National Maritime Operations Centre

RNLI/Laura Bean

Calshot RNLI crew visit the National Maritime Operations Centre

Key facts about the RNLI

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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, 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 142,700 lives.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.