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Further pass outs at RNLI Cromer

Lifeboats News Release

The Covid restrictions have not stopped volunteer crew at RNLI Cromer from continuing to pass assessments.

launch at RNLI Cromer

RNLI/Audrey Smith/Emma Tuck

launch at RNLI Cromer

Cromer RNLI is celebrating this week as Paul Watling successfully passed his assessments to be accepted as Coxswain/Mechanic of the RNLI Cromer all-weather lifeboat.

All RNLI crew undergo continuous training and assessment throughout their sea-going careers. However, the assessment for becoming a Coxswain of an all-weather lifeboat is particularly demanding, requiring the crew member to be able to demonstrate the skills and experience necessary to command the respective RNLI boats in the most extreme weather and adverse of situations. The assessment is not easy, taking place over months and covering on-station evaluation followed by a formal pass-out assessment by RNLI assessors, during which the candidates are put through their paces to meet the exacting standard expected by this world-class Institution.

Over the past months the continuing training has resulted in two crew becoming fully trained Helms on our Inshore lifeboat ‘George and Muriel’.

Both Mark and Tim have been members of the crew for several years and are also trained crew for our all weather lifeboat.

All this is only possible with the incredible support from amazing families and supporters and not least, the other hugely committed local volunteer crews who go to sea with them. Thanks, must also go to the fleet staff team.

RNLI/Audrey Smith/Paul Russell

Mark Southgate

RNLI/Audrey Smith/Paul Russell

Tim Ballard

RNLI/Audrey Smith/Paul Russell

Paul Watling

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