Million-pound training fund helps local lifesaver learn vital skills
One of the volunteer crew members at Looe RNLI lifeboat station has had a vital part of their crew training funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation
Volunteer crew, Tom Langan from Looe, recently travelled to the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, to complete the charity’s Crew Emergency Procedures course. Tom, who has just turned 18, has been sailing mirror dinghy’s with Looe Sailing Club since he was 10 years old. ‘I always wanted to join the crew, as spending so much time in or around the water knowing if anything happened, someone was there to help, and volunteering for the RNLI was the perfect opportunity for me to do the same for someone else. I wanted to join the crew at 16 but had to wait until my 17th birthday.’
The course sees volunteer crew being trained in a variety of crucial subjects such as how to deal with fires aboard lifeboats, how to ‘abandon ship’ in the event of an emergency (with a 4m jump into water), team survival swimming, coping in a life-raft in simulated darkness, how to right a capsized inshore lifeboat, and the importance of lifejackets. It also includes sessions on the correct use of flares, fire extinguishers and throw bags.
Tom’s training took place in the Sea Survival Centre at the RNLI College, where he was joined by other RNLI volunteer crew members from around the UK and Ireland, including Chloe Frampton and James Dowrick from Looe’s RNLI flank station, Fowey.
Talking about the training, Tom, who volunteers as inshore lifeboat crew in Looe, said: ‘The Lifeboat College has fantastic facilities, the wave pool allowed us to experience the capsize of an Atlantic 85 in a controlled environment and helps to put our station based training into context. It was also useful to meet crews from our flank station, Fowey and other stations’. He added: ‘I am grateful to the Lloyd’s Register Foundation for providing the necessary funding for this training course.’
The training was funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a charitable foundation that helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research. The Foundation has committed to funding the RNLI’s Crew Emergency Procedures course for a second 5-year period until December 2020. This additional funding of £1.06M brings their total support for RNLI crew training to just over £2.46M* since 2008. More than 3,000 RNLI volunteer crew members have now received the training thanks to Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s funding.
Alex Evans, Lifesaving Training Manager at the RNLI said, ‘We are so grateful to Lloyd’s Register Foundation for funding this vital part of our volunteer crews’ training. ‘Their support is very important to us and it’s fantastic how, so far, over 3,000 of our crew members have benefitted from Lloyd’s Register Foundation funding this part of their training. As only one in ten of our volunteer crew members comes from a professional maritime background, the Crew Emergency Procedures course is crucial in giving our volunteers the training they need and helping keep them as safe as possible while carrying out rescues. It gives volunteers the confidence to save lives even in the most challenging conditions.’
This donation is the latest in Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s relationship with the RNLI, which was recognised in 2010 when it received the Group Supporter Award from HRH Prince Michael of Kent in recognition of its valuable support of the charity.
Notes to Editors
- *Lloyd’s Register Foundation funded £1M to the RNLI over 5 years from 2010–2015; and £400K over 2 years from 2008–2009, taking over the obligations of the Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust in 2013.
· Lloyd’s Register Foundation is a charitable foundation which helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research. www.lrfoundation.org.uk
· Volunteer crew learning the importance of lifejackets at the
RNLI College, Sea Survival Centre
L – R Chloe Frampton (Fowey), James Dowrick (Fowey) Tom Langan (Looe)
Photo credit RNLI
· Re-established as an inshore lifeboat station in 1992, Looe RNLI operate two inshore lifeboats
An Atlantic 85 Sheila and Dennis Tongue II and a D Class Ollie Naismith
· For further information on Looe RNLI Lifeboats please visit our website www.looelifeboats.co.uk
· Looe RNLI Facebook page www.facebook.com/LooeRNLI
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