Joint exercise for lifeboat crews
Sunday 15 December turned out to be a lovely sunny day for Silloth RNLI lifeboat to have a joint exercise with Workington RNLI lifeboat, St Bees RNLI lifeboat and Maryport flood and inshore rescue teams, who all met at Whitehaven Marina in order to work together in team building exercises.
After the team events, lunch was held at The Vagabond on the quay side at Whitehaven.
Lifeboat crew in mixed teams (to avoid any partisanship!), swam from the dock side to an inflatable raft, climbed aboard and set off a flare - all under timed conditions. There were five teams of six people and they were followed by two teams of twelve.
Mark Ware, Silloth RNLI lifeboat helm remarked that it 'was good to get together with flanking stations and the team building that the occasion brings “. Members of Silloth lifeboat crew considered it to be a 'good experience' and everyone would like to thank The Vagabond at Whitehaven for putting on a lovely spread for lunch.'
Lifeboat Operations Manager for Silloth RNLI, Eddie Studholme, endorsed the sentiments of the Silloth crew and was pleased with how everything had turned out on the day: 'the value of getting together and working as a joint team, which will always be beneficial if required to do so in a real life situation, sometimes under extreme conditions.'
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.