Committed training pays off at RNLI Rye Harbour

Lifeboats News Release

Congratulations to our three newly-qualified tractor drivers who passed their final assessments last evening, 24 June. They have worked hard to achieve this and all of us at the station are proud of them.

three tractor drivers

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Three successful tractor drivers, Paul Anderson, Steve Brown and John Rogers at RNLI Rye Harbour

The rôle of the Tractor Driver is to take charge of the launch vehicle and rig during the launch and recovery of the ILB (Inshore Lifeboat) for services and exercises under the direction of the Head Launcher or Helmsman; to maintain competence under Competency Based Training (CoBT); and to contribute to the operational efficiency of the station, lifeboats and equipment. It is a vital rôle because the boat cannot launch without a tractor driver and the equipment must maintained to a high standard at all times.

Paul Watling, Assessor/Trainer Plant & Machinery, said at the end of the long, demanding day, 'It was a great success with most importantly safe, competent drivers. Rye Harbour was a very welcoming station and all the crew gave their support in the evening to ensure that all the tests could be passed." Paul Anderson remarked that he had gained a great deal of knowledge and had felt supported by his fellow volunteers at the station, while Steve Brown commented that they had all learnt new skills which will be passed on to the team. John Rogers was the third member to pass and said, ‘It was a long day with quite a few challenges which we worked through successfully. It was great to feel supported by the whole team, especially the boat crew who were vital in launching the boat three times so each of us could be assessed. A new recruit, Lucy stayed throughout the day making us coffee and keeping us motivated.’

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Paul Watling trainer/assessor plant machinery at Rye Harbour
three RNLI members in the boat house

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at the end of a successful day John Rodgers Paul Watling and Steve Brown

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washing down the tractor a the end of the assessment

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.

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Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.

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