Wind farm exercise for RNLI volunteers

Lifeboats News Release

Hartlepool RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew carried out a training exercise recently with the crew from one of the wind turbine support vessels that ferry maintenance teams to and from the 27 Tees Bay wind farm turbines.

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Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crewmembers pictured during the training exercise.

The hour long exercise took place in Tees Bay and involved transferring a casualty by stretcher from the support vessel to the all-weather lifeboat and the volunteer crew were also shown around the support vessel for familiarisation purposes.

Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crew member Mark Crangle who is also the offshore site manager for the EDF Renewables UK Teesside Wind Farm and who organised the training session said ‘This was an excellent opportunity to work with the support vessel and its crew to establish how we can transfer a casualty from one boat to another which proved to be a very worthwhile exercise’.

‘We also carried out a man overboard exercise and established a tow with the wind farm boat’.

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A stretcher is passed between the two boats.

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Wind turbine blade technicians pictured working at one of the wind turbines.

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