Million-pound training fund helps local lifesavers learn vital skills

Lifeboats News Release

New and recently recruited volunteer crew members at Great Yarmouth and Gorleston RNLI lifeboat station have had a vital part of their crew training funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

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Darren Hunt, Wayne Flowerday, Cameron Darnell, Lisa Amer and Steve Popple, from Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Lifeboat Station, recently travelled to the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, to complete the charity’s Crew Emergency Procedures course.

Cameron Darnell was inspired to join up as a volunteer crew member for the charity because ‘after watching my brother-in-law on the crew as a youngster I knew that it was something I wanted to do as soon as I was old enough to do so.’

Wayne Flowerday, also has a family tie and was inspired to join the crew, but also said ‘I wanted to give back to the community and help others when in need’.

Steve Popple said ‘I recently moved to the coast and have always admired the bravery and courage of the lifeboat crews. I decided I’d like to be a part of the team at Great Yarmouth and Gorleston station. As I work two weeks on and two weeks off rotation I can commit plenty of my spare time whilst not working’

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.

Talking about the training,Steve said: ‘The CEP course at Poole was amazing , we were taught everything we need to know, should we find ourselves in an emergency situation. The other crew members from the various other stations were great fun and we all got along really well. The college facilities,accommodation and food and finally all of the staff there were absolutely brilliant. The whole experience was unforgettable and the training is now there should the worst ever happen.’

Cameron also added ‘the training received has been the most incredible experience and I look forward to many more years with the RNLI.'

Darren, Wayne, Cameron, Lisa and Steves 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.

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.

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 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.

About Lloyd's Register Foundation

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.

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