Emergency Procedures training course in Poole for Withernsea crewmen

Lifeboats News Release

Two of Withernsea's volunteer crew attended an extensive two day training course at RNLI Poole HQ

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D-class lifeboat capsizing procedure
RNLI crewmen Paul Tomlinson and Steve Gale attended RNLI college in Poole last week for a two day extensive training course on Seamanship/Crew emergency procedures.

During their practical learning they covered a wide range of skills including, firefighting, pyrotechnics (flares) personal survival techniques and capsize and recovery. This training course allows the volunteers to experience first-hand some of the scenarios they may encounter at sea should they ever need to 'abandon' their lifeboat.

Paul Tomlinson, volunteer crewman said: 'It was a great experience. We met people from other stations based all around the country, pulling together to work as a team to complete a very challenging but thoroughly enjoyable course.'

The course sees the trainee crew learn techniques on how to 'abandon' their lifeboat with a 4m jump into the water, coping in simulated darkness on a life raft and also team survival swimming.

Steve Gale commented: 'Learning how to 'right' our own D-class lifeboat in the event of a capsize was a great experience, knowing we were responsible for such an important lifesaving task, made the training course all that more exciting. The state of the art facilities at the college gave us the perfect platform to simulate such a scenario.'

The two volunteer crew members have now completed a crucial part of their training, allowing them to continue their journey as volunteer crewmen for Withernsea lifeboat station.

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For more information please contact Rachel Gowen, RNLI Volunteer Press Officer: rachel_gowen@rnli.org.uk

Rachel Gowen | RNLI Volunteer Press Officer

Withernsea Lifeboat Station, Southcliff road, South Promenade, Withernsea HU19 2HU

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Withernsea volunteer crewmen Paul and Steve

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