Largs RNLI shore crew strengthened as two crew members pass Tractor assessment

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday (January 9) two more Tractor Drivers, Steven Kemp and Angus Fergusson, were assessed and passed out strengthening our existing volunteer shore crew team.

Warren, Angus and Steven outside Largs RNLI Station

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Warren, Angus and Steven outside Largs RNLI Station

Tractor drivers play an essential role here at the station as the tractor is needed to launch and recover our Atlantic 85 lifeboat, the R.A. Wilson.

The role of the Tractor Driver is to take charge of the launch vehicle and rig during the launch and recovery of the ILB (Inshore Lifeboat) for services and exercises. The lifeboat cannot launch without a Tractor Driver and the tractor must be maintained and ready at all times.

Driving the tractor can be a challenging task especially when launching and recovering the boat in the dark and due to changeable weather and sea conditions.

Today’s assessment conducted by Warren Aitken, Trainer/Assessor from the RNLI, was a mixture of both theory and practical including elements such as PPE, safe operating procedures, hand signals, plant operation, winch operation and emergency stops.

Robert McKinnon, Deputy Launch Authority at Largs RNLI, said: ‘The role of Tractor Driver is essential here at the station. I am delighted to see the commitment of those involved and I am happy this adds to the station’s ability to be able to launch around the clock.’

Lifeboat launch from Largs lifeboat station

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Lifeboat launch from Largs lifeboat station
Lifeboat recovery

RNLI/Claire McRae

Lifeboat recovery
Lifeboat launch

RNLI/Claire McRae

Lifeboat launch

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