Newbiggin Volunteers Excel in Sea Survival

Lifeboats News Release

Three of our volunteer team recently attended the RNLI College at Poole for an emergency procedures training course.

In the pool

RNLI/Poole

Emergency Procedures course
The team, Mike,Paddy and Donna, attended three day course to undertake various training exercises, not easily replicated on station. These included high water entry, fire fighting, using the self - righting system on the Atlantic 85 lifeboat as well as the challenging process of getting into a liferaft particularly when storm conditions are replicated in the training pool. With this intensive training completed the trainers announced that all of the team were successful.

The overarching purpose of this training prepares the crew for those challenges when equipment and crew are pushed to the limit, particularly when events unexpectedly go wrong. To help ensure crew safety, all new crew attend an Emergency Procedures course at the charity’s headquarters and training centre early on in their lifeboat career.

This level of training, ensuring the competence and welfare of volunteers in often atrocious sea conditions, is only possible due to the continuing generosity and support from our community. Be it through the charity box, attending a coffee morning, or events such as the forthcoming Christmas Fayre, your generous donations help to fund our lifesaving work and train our volunteer crew to the highest standards. The team at Newbiggin are truly grateful for all your generous support.

For more information please telephone Richard Martin, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer Newbiggin on 07980 010544 or [email protected] or contact RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789

If you would like to find out more about Newbiggin lifeboat station, its volunteers and its heritage then take a look at the local website.

In the water after capsize

RNLI/Poole

Emergency Procedures course
The underwater view

RNLI/Poole

Emergency Procedures course
After the lifeboat is righted

RNLI/Poole

Emergency Procedures course
The capsize

RNLI/Poole

Emergency Procedures course
In the water and recovery

RNLI/Poole

Emergency Procedures course

Key facts about the RNLI

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.

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Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

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