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Teignmouth RNLI congratulates all nine shore crew on becoming head launchers.

Lifeguards News Release

Teignmouth RNLI received a visit from a RNLI assessor on Thursday 17 February who qualified all nine of the shore crew as head launchers.

Shore crew from RNLI Teignmouth stand in front of tractor following qualification as head launchers

RNLI/Amy Furlong

All nine RNLI Teignmouth shore crew qualify as head launchers
Shore crew play an essential role here at the station and are responsible for overseeing the safe launch and recovery of both the Atlantic 85 and Arancia lifeboats. This can often be a tricky task, especially when dark with sometimes challenging weather and sea conditions.

Thursday’s assessment was undertaken during one of the regular training exercises, where the crews knowledge was put to the test. All nine of the Teignmouth RNLI shore crew passed, which has added an even greater level of skill to an already experienced team.

With only 1 in 10 volunteers joining the RNLI from a professional maritime occupation, training is especially important which is why all crew members are provided with first class training, equipment, guidance, and support.

Volunteers at Teignmouth RNLI give their time 24 hours a day seven days a week to be part of the charity that saves lives at sea.

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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.

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