Llandudno Lifeboat links up with the Coastguard Helicopter for valuable training

Lifeboats News Release

RNLI volunteer crew had the opportunity this week to exercise with the HM Coastguard Helicopter. They were able to rehearse some of the drills they need to use in lifesaving operations and rescues.


Llandudno all weather lifeboat William F Yates rendezvous with the HM Coastguard Helicopter

Great skill is required by both sets of crew, and particularly the Lifeboat Coxswain and Helicopter Pilot. The requirement for a casualty transfer is a procedure which is conducted on many occasions around the UK, it is considered to be one of the most exacting challenges faced by the RNLI lifesavers.

The Llandudno RNLI Press Officer explained, ‘the exercise on Monday was a valuable opportunity for our volunteer crew members to get up close with the powerful Sikorsky S-92 search and rescue helicopter which is based at Caernarfon. It was particularly important for our newest volunteer crew members to have a first hand experience of working in close contact with such an impressive aircraft and learning what to expect in the future’

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For more information, please contact Jonathan Coe, Llandudno Lifeboat Press Officer on 07910 861193. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Media Officer on 01745 585162 / 07771 941390 or email [email protected].

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