New Helm at Stonehaven RNLI
Congratulations to Stonehaven RNLI volunteer crew member Kenny Jones who has become the station's latest Helm.
Since joining the crew, Kenny has been involved in a number of challenging rescues and his professionalism has made him an integral part of the team.
Lifeboat Operations Manager, Andrew Martin said 'I am very pleased for Kenny. All his hard work has paid off and I am sure he will go on to be a successful helm here at Stonehaven.’
Congratulations Kenny from all at Stonehaven station. We are thrilled to have you as our newest helm!
There were multiple stages of training both on station and at sea, including search and rescue simulation, navigation, casualty care exercises and anchoring.
As part of the training, Kenny attended the RNLI College in Poole for a week of intensive training. His seamanship skills were assessed at the end of each unit, culminating in a pass out assessment.
The training and assessments are all undertaken in the volunteer’s free time. The training takes dedication and commitment.
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.