Walmer RNLI carry out a variety of training exercises
Volunteer crews from Walmer and Dover lifeboats carry out joint search planning exercise.
Walmer's inshore lifeboats, Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan and D Class Duggie Rodbard II joined with Dover's all-weather lifeboat City of London in a flanking station joint search planning exercise on Sunday 26 May.
The boats met off Kingsdown, just north of Dover, to carry out two exercises. The first involved person in the water scenario. Walmer's 'Fred' training dummy was put into the water and crews carried out a three vessel search plan following the same route in a dog-leg pattern.
Before the exercise began crews from each boat undertook a swap to enable them to experience working in unfamiliar conditions on inshore and all-weather lifeboats.
After recovering the 'casualty' in Walmer's D Class,the second exercise began with a practice casualty care transfer between the boats.
On returning to Walmer further training was practiced with the safe removal of the casualty from the lifeboat into the station.
Speaking after the exercise the crews acknowledged the benefits of the close co-operation and interaction between stations.
While the crews were afloat, a further shore-side training session was carried out with new Walmer volunteers being instructed in the care and function of boat crew dry suits, 'teddy bear' undersuits and the contents of life jackets.
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