RNLI Lerwick lifeboat has two new mechanics
Two crew members at RNLI Lerwick have recently completed their training as lifeboat mechanics.
Under the watchful eye of Warren Aitken, RNLI Assessor, both were put through a series of assessments including emergency operating procedures, mechanical failures and firefighting.
The final assessment follows months of practical and theory training, including some time spent at the RNLI College in Poole in Dorset.
Lerwick RNLI's Severn class lifeboat requires a minimum of five crew to launch, which must include the coxswain and a mechanic. Mechanics perform a vital role to ensure that the lifeboat is seaworthy and can operate safely.
With two new mechanics among the crew, this brings the total number of mechanics on Lerwick lifeboat to six, meaning that more crew resources are now available to respond to a launch request.
Other crew who have previously qualified as mechanics are: Ian Harms, John Best, Sammy Drummond and Grant Masson.
Malcolm Craigie, Lerwick Lifeboat Operations Manager, said “I’m pleased to see Darren and Nathan pass their exams to qualify as mechanics, which gives us a greater ability to respond when we are asked to launch. The RNLI relies on donations to provide this training, to ensure that our lifeboat crew is as well prepared as they can be to help save lives at sea.”
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