New RNLI Longhope Coxswain heads off for training in Wales

Lifeboats News Release

On Sunday 31 July, newly appointed RNLI Longhope Coxswain, Scott Johnston, heads south to Angle in Pembrokeshire, South Wales, to begin two weeks of training on their Tamar Class Lifeboat.

Scott Johnston at RNLI Longhope Lifeboat Station

RNLI/Andy Fellows

Scott Johnston at RNLI Longhope Lifeboat Station
Scott has been hard at work since his official start date of 27 June, taking on Longhope station’s administration work whilst busy completing essential crew plan training modules.

Over the previous few weeks, under the watchful eye of Second Coxswain, Angus Budge, Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) Colin Bates and experienced crew members from our sister stations, he completed training modules including radar, local knowledge, VHF radio, tides & weather, anchoring, helicopter operations and electronic navigation.

Scott says he is looking forward to his first stint of training in Wales. But, although the layout of Tamar Class lifeboat at Angle Lifeboat RNLI will be familiar to him, he will also notice some big differences.

At Angle, the lifeboat is slipway launched and the tidal range is regularly more than eight metres… sometimes more than fourteen!

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