Llandudno Lifeboat shore crew pass out following successful training assessments
On Monday the 8 March, Robin Fitzpatrick and Nigel Forrest successfully completed their latest RNLI assessments. This will significantly enhance the vital launch and recovery operations required at Llandudno Lifeboat Station.
With RNLI external assessors in attendance, the two volunteer crew members prepared for the final examination of their skills and competencies, Robin as Head Launcher and Nigel as the operator of the sophisticated Shannon Launch and Recovery System.
John Roberts one of the trainers at Llandudno explained: 'these assessment days are very demanding and rigorous in terms of not only setting high standards for those being assessed, but also for the other crew members taking part as they are expected to perform efficiently and effectively as a team’.
Ralph Hughes, Llandudno RNLI Principal Head Launcher, described the importance of working as a team for a successful lifeboat launch: 'No launch of Llandudno's all-weather lifeboat is possible without the vital work of our highly trained shore crew, who are often working in cold, windy and dark conditions. Where all-weather lifeboats are launched from a Launch and Recovery System, such as at Llandudno, a team of between eight and twelve people is required to launch and recover the lifeboats safely'.
RNLI media contact
For more information contact Jonathan Coe, Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer on 07910 861193. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Media Officer on 07771 941390 or email Eleri_Roberts@rnli.org.uk.
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.