Teignmouth RNLI lifeboat crew train with Royal Navy Merlin helicopter
Teignmouth lifeboat crew undertook training with a Royal Navy Merlin helicopter to practise transferring casualties on Wednesday evening.
The volunteer crew attended a briefing session with the pilot prior to the exercise and enjoyed training alongside the helicopter which winched casualties.
Charlie Woolnough, Lifeboat Operations Manager said ‘the joint exercise was really beneficial to give our helms practise at transferring a casualty and also gave the pilot more experience of working with a rigid inflatable boat’.
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.