Llandudno RNLI has new helmsman

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI volunteer Mike Jones completes his helm training program and has passed out as a helm on Llandudno’s inshore lifeboat.


Llandudno RNLI has a new helm

Over the last 11 months, Mike has been assessed on the numerous different challenges of being in charge of a D-Class lifeboat. The Llandudno inshore lifeboat Dr Barbara Saunderson is highly manoeuvrable and usually operates closer to shore than our all-weather lifeboats. She comes into her own for searches and rescues in the surf, shallow water and confined locations - often close to cliffs, among rocks and even inside caves, activities which demand an extremely high level of competence and experience from the volunteer crews involved.

Mike has been a volunteer at Llandudno for the last four and a half years and has served as a crew member on both the all-weather and inshore lifeboats. In 2018 Mike also qualified as a navigator on the new Shannon Class Lifeboat and as a casualty care practitioner.

Mike said “during my education, professional career and with the RNLI I have participated in many tests, exams and assessments but this recent one to become a helm has been the most rigorous by far. I am very proud of what I have achieved and look forward to joining the compliment of other helm crew members at Llandudno Lifeboat Station”.

A RNLI spokesperson explained; “our crews are prepared to drop everything and risk their lives to save others at a moment's notice. Their lifesaving work is essential, often difficult and sometimes dangerous. And with only 1 in 10 volunteers joining the RNLI from a professional maritime occupation, training is especially important. That’s why we provide our crew members with first-class training, equipment, guidance and support.

Our lifeboat crews train together every week, at sea and ashore. Training exercises focus on teamwork, technical competence and safe operating procedures covering everything from boat-handling, search and rescue, and navigation, to radar training, radio communications and casualty care. Crews also practise rescue scenarios involving other emergency services such as the Coastguard and fire and rescue services”.

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For more information please contact Jonathan Coe, Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer on 07910 861193. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Media Officer on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390 or email Eleri_Roberts@rnli.org.uk.

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