Port St Mary RNLI exercise with HM coastguard

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI crews are regularly training to deal with lifesaving situations at sea and today (Sunday 13 October) was with no exception

Winchman training a crew member

Jenni Kneale

Training with HMC
Although it was a wet morning with rain and a Northerly breeze the training exercise attracted the attention of curious onlookers as volunteer crews from Port St Mary RNLI lifeboats The Gough Ritchie 2 and The spirit of Leicester were joined by flanking RNLI station Port Erin's RNLI lifeboat Muriel and Leslie to perform exercises with HM coastguard search and rescue 936, which is a Sikorsky S-92A Helicopter

After the exercise Port St. Mary RNLI Helm Mark Whitley said 'It is always good to have an exercise with HM coastguard as it prepares the crews for any eventuality of a casualty evacuation ,The crew of HMC search and rescue 936 were very professional and we all appreciate the time spent with us this morning.'

Both Port St Mary's lifeboats were back on station by 12 noon.

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