Two new deputy coxswains appointed at Tobermory RNLI
Tobermory RNLI was celebrating this week with crew members Iain Malcolm and Dave Underwood being passed out as deputy coxswains following months of rigorous training and assessments.
Iain Malcolm, who has been a volunteer crew member for 14 years, and Dave Underwood who joined the Tobermory RNLI crew in 2015 both undertook a gruelling operational pass out with one of the RNLI's Assessor Trainers, former Stornoway RNLI Coxswain, Murty Campbell. The assessment included a written navigation exam followed by practical boat handling tests, a search and rescue scenario and a series of emergency situations such as a fire on the lifeboat and a man over board.
After Iain and Dave had been successfully passed out as his new deputies, Station Coxswain David McHaffie was able to remove the 'L' plate which he had placed on the aft of the lifeboat during the operational pass outs.
Lifeboat Operations Manager, Dr Sam Jones said: 'This represents the culmination of many months of training and continual assessment. Iain and Dave have not only put in hundreds of hours at sea but they have also been studying in their spare time. They should be very proud of their achievement - certainly everyone at the station is very proud of them. I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank those coxswains around the coast of the UK and Ireland who have provided us with relief cover over the last few years when David has been taking his well earned leave and weekends off. From Longhope and Lerwick in the north to Torbay in the south as well as our flank station at Oban, thank you for your support'.
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