RNLI Wells lifeboat crew in multi-agency exercise on Wells Saltmarsh

Lifeboats News Release

The exercise, which took place on 22 November, focused on search and rescue techniques and water safety. It involved the RNLI, HM Coastguard, and the Police, plus three groups of RNLI volunteer crew acting as casualties lost on the saltmarsh on the rising tide.

The exercise set out to test the interoperability between the agencies in coordinating and carrying out multiple tasks in the hours of darkness. As the training exercise progressed, the scenarios developed, giving the different groups some difficult real time situations to overcome.

It provided the opportunity for each agency to cooperate closely together and use best practice skills throughout the exercise then subsequently at the debrief, comment on the rescue and exchange ideas and experiences, as well as reinforcing the importance of collaborative working.

Lifeboat Operations Manager, Chris Hardy, said ‘these opportunities are an invaluable way for the local agencies to practice various rescue scenarios together, and to get a clearer understanding of which areas may require further training drill down.

Ensuring safety along our coastline is a priority to all the stakeholders involved, and an important service to our local community as well as visitors to our region. We are very grateful to all of those involved on Monday evening’s launch, and for their excellent cooperation in what was a complex exercise that created many challenges’.


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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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or by email.