RNLI Penarth congratulates newly qualified crew members
Penarth lifeboat station held a long day of assessments on Saturday 22 January, which saw trainee crew members putting their skills to the test out on the water.
Trainee crew members were assessed on crucial skills, including navigation, anchoring and veering. Among the day’s successes, volunteers Dave Deane and Liv Quinn reached the milestone of passing out from trainee to fully competent crew on the D-class lifeboat.
The training for volunteer crew requires a great deal of dedication, with hundreds of hours of practical and theory-based training, covering topics such as launch and recovery, using search and rescue radio equipment, chart work and local knowledge.
The assessment day came at the end of a busy week for RNLI Penarth, with three callouts to assist broken down boats in the channel.
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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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