Trio of Trainees complete their Crew Emergency Procedure Training

Lifeboats News Release

This summer three of Wick Lifeboat Station's latest recruits have travelled to the Sea Survival Centre at the RNLI College in Poole to complete their Crew Emergency Training which is funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

Pictured left to right: Martin Gibson, Zoe Rothera and Elliot Geddes

RNLI/John Taylor

Trio of Trainees

The Lloyd's Register is 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 five year period until December 2020. This additional funding of £1.06m brings their total support for RNLI crew training to just over £2.2m since 2008. More than 3,000 RNLI volunteer crew members have now received the training thanks to Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s funding.

The course sees volunteer crew being trained in a wide range of crucial subjects such as:
  • How to deal with fires aboard lifeboats,
  • How to abandon ship, in the event of an emergency.
  • Team survival swimming
  • Coping in a life-raft in simulated darkness
  • How to right a capsized inshore lifeboat
  • Importance of lifejackets
  • Correct use of flares, fire extinguishers and throw bags.

Martin, Elliot and Zoe all went to Poole for training on the 29th July for their introduction to the CEP (Crew Emergency Procedure) course

Our new member Martin (24) works in the local building trade. Martin’s family has been involved in the fishing industry for many years and this has inspired him to join the crew.

Elliot (19) is a heavy goods mechanic, Elliot’s mum is a Staff Nurse in the Caithness General Hospital and his dad is a volunteer with the Highlands & Islands Fire brigade in Wick. Having a background in the emergency services has given him the encouragement to join his local lifeboat crew. Prior to this course Elliot was lucky enough to go on a long trip taking the Wick Lifeboat to Poole for refit in June.

Zoe (23) a Trainee Care Practitioner has been with the RNLI for three years and previously in the Sea Cadets for 13 years where she met Mark Cormack, current coxswain, who gave her the encouragement to join the RNLI.

Zoe tells us that she really enjoyed the course although initially a little apprehensive, would definitely encourage other females to join the crew and complete the course.

The trainees' training took place in the Sea Survival Centre at the RNLI College, where they were joined by other RNLI volunteer crew members from around the UK and Ireland.

James Kilburn, Lifesaving Delivery 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 benefited 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.’

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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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

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