Withernsea RNLI participate in an impromptu exercise with 912 Coastguard
Withernsea's weekly training session of a casualty care exercise is the last planned afloat session before the arrival of the new D class
Sunday 9 June, the volunteer crew prepared the Inshore Lifeboat for their last afloat training session in their current D class Henley Eight, prior to the new D class arriving on station this week.
The planned exercise was a casualty care plan using a dummy casualty and the stretcher on board the boat. The helm and three of the volunteer crew simulated man overboard and practised casualty care techniques. Also recovering the boat and dummy casualty to the beach.
Midway through the planned exercise, the coastguard radioed to alert the RNLI volunteers of its impromptu journey over towards Withernsea. The aim of the task was to perform winching and formating alongside the inshore lifeboat. The RNLI lifeboat crews train regularly for all eventualities.
The Helm for the exercise, Matthew Ainley commented: 'Myself and the three crew on board, after experiencing this close up encounter with the 912 Coastguard, discussed how it never fails to amaze, the size and noise of the helicopter overhead. I am always more than happy to participate in any training exercise, be it with the Coastguard or any of our flanking stations.’
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Rachel Gowen | RNLI Volunteer Press Officer
Withernsea Lifeboat Station, Southcliff road, South Promenade, Withernsea HU19 2HU
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