Whitby RNLI join lifeguards and Coastguards in multi agency training session.

Lifeboats News Release

Both of Whitby's lifeboats were used in the exercise.

Whitby RNLI crew train every week to make sure all of the crew are competent at sea. This can include drills such as knot tying and towing, or man over board practice and navigating the lifeboat.

Last week the crew took part in a joint exercise with the RNLI lifeguards and the local HM Coastguard crew, a scenario which is not unfamiliar to the volunteers.

The teams often work together in real rescue situations to ensure the quickest and safest outcome for the casualties, each team bringing their specialised skills and equipment to the job.

The exercise involved dealing with a staged emergency situation on the beach and administering casualty care as well as rehearsing a recovery from the water onto the inshore lifeboat.

Leah Hunter who was on board the inshore lifeboat said: 'It is fantastic to get to train alongside the other volunteers and crews on our coastline, we already work together on shouts but training together just strengthens our skills and ability to work together as a team for the best outcome - we can learn from each other too,'

For more information contact Lifeboat Press Officer Ceri Oakes on 07813359428 or at [email protected]

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