RNLI New Brighton Lifeboat wind farm training exercise
New Brighton lifeboat volunteers complete a successful training exercise today (Saturday 25 January) working in partnership with Offshore wind farm company Ørsted
New Brighton Lifeboat crew members (Saturday 25 January 2020) took part in a coordinated partnership rescue exercise with wind farm company Ørsted.
The Ørsted team had simulated a worker suffering an electrical shock on one of the Offshore wind turbines and New Brighton Lifeboat were deployed to provide assistance, using their casualty care skills and remove the casualty from the wind turbine to safety.
This exercise was an excellent opportunity for the New Brighton lifeboat to work alongside the Ørsted vessel. Lifeboat crews arrived on scene at the turbine and were able to identify the casualty and risks involved, before administering casualty care and then extracted the casualty from the turbine with the assistance of the Ørsted team.
Damian Cull, Deputy Launching Authority, New Brighton Lifeboat said: 'With the assistance of Ørsted we were able to simulate a rescue of a crewman that had received an electrical shock on the turbine. This was a successful training exercise and a number of key learning points were identified. This was a new scenario for several of the crew and an invaluable experience for all involved. I would also like to thank Ørsted for their assistance and cooperation to facilitate today’s training exercise.'
Key facts about the RNLI
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 over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, 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.