Flamborough RNLI in joint exercise with Royal Navy
Flamborough RNLI were joined by Royal Navy Merlin Helicopter from 814 Naval Air Squadron, RNAS Culdrose, for Joint exercise.
The helicopter was in the area, temporarily stationed at Humberside Airport, to take part in the Armed Forces day, which was held in Scarborough the previous day.
The exercise, which was authorised by the Ministry of Defence and the RNLI, had been requested by one of the Royal Navy Air crew, who was a local man who had previously served as volunteer crew with Flamborough RNLI.
Air crew visited the station on Saturday evening for an exercise briefing with Lifeboat volunteer crew, where details of the proposed exercise were discussed.
During the exercise which took place off North Landing and Speeton, several volunteer RNLI crew members were winched from Flamborough Lifeboat B-820 Elizabeth Jane Palmer, on to the Merlin helicopter.
Dave Freeman, Flamborough RNLI Operations Manager said of the exercise. 'It was an extremely worth while exercise, valuable training experience for crew members'.
Volunteer crew member Josh Maskill said. 'It was good to work alongside Royal Navy personnel on such a valuable exercise. The professionalism and teamwork of both crews was second to none'.
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