Challenging evening for volunteers
A shoreside training exercise provided a challenge for Walmer RNLI crew.
Crew attending an evening boathouse exercise were presented with a number of challenges by Walmer helm and lifeboat assessor trainer Dan Sinclair. Volunteers were split into teams and after an initial briefing some were tasked to plot a course, using paper charts and the current tide times, to a vessel sinking at the Sandettié lightship east of the lifeboat station. Crew were timed as if arriving in response to a paging, getting changed and on to the station’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Donald McLauchlan.
Once on board they were tasked with ensuring the lifeboat was ready for a night-time service, making sure the boat was Search and Rescue (SAR) capable – including checking the emergency aerial and steering. Other equipment essential for a night launch including head torches, night sights, searchlights and extra parachute flares were also checked.
Whilst lifeboat checks were being carried out the other team practised using a salvage pump to simulate pumping water from a sinking vessel and using throw bags to within half-a-metre of a target taking into account wind and possible tidal flow to a casualty in the water.
Roles were later reversed so all crew were given equal opportunity for the training. The evening concluded with fault finding on the station’s D Class inshore lifeboat Duggie Rodbard II and practising knots.
A similar evening exercise is planned for December.
Notes to editors
Walmer lifeboat station was established in 1856.
It currently operates two inshore lifeboats – a B Class Atlantic 85 Donald McLauchlan and a smaller D Class Duggie Rodbard II.
Crews have received 28 Awards for Gallantry
Photo 1 Plotting a course using paper charts.
Photo 2 Preparing for a night-time service.
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