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A full day of training for RNLI Longhope volunteer crew

Lifeboats News Release

On Saturday 30 July our volunteer crew had a full day of training on board the all-weather Tamar Class lifeboat, Helen Comrie.

Crew training on board the Helen Comrie at Longhope Pier

RNLI/Andy Fellows

Training on board the Helen Comrie at Longhope Pier
Under the expert guidance of relief coxswain Andy Pearson from RNLI Thurso and experienced Longhope crew, our more recent volunteers worked on practical skills that will help towards completing modules on their individual crew training plans.

After a briefing at the lifeboat station the practical work began with a towing exercise at the pier, getting the measure of the new RNLI tow rope which has been designed with safety in mind and benefits from water-aided shock absorption. The rope requires strength and careful handling as once in the water it is extremely heavy.

The lifeboat briefly returned to Longhope pier to wash down the towing equipment and then proceeded towards Widewall Bay, with opportunities for crew members to practice their navigation skills along the way.

Once at the chosen destination there was time for anchor drill, man overboard and emergency steering practice before a quick steam to Burray for lunch.

The journey home to Longhope provided an opportunity for crew to prepare and launch the Y-boat.

Helen Comrie and volunteer crew during practice at Widewall, Orkney

RNLI/Andy Fellows

Man overboard practice at Widewall, Orkney
Volunteer crew throw heaving line for tow rope from RNLB Helen Comrie at Longhope Pier

RNLI/Andy Fellows

Towing exercise with volunteer crew at Longhope Pier

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