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Blyth RNLI parachute flare training exercise

Lifeboats News Release

As part of the training for our volunteer crew our Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat was launched last Tuesday evening to carry out a parachute flare training exercise.

This involved the Atlantic 85 being positioned in a safe area and then the volunteer crew being briefed on how to fire the white parachute flare and a demonstration being shown. Each crew member then had the opportunity to fire a flare for themselves.
We use the white parachute flare as a means for illuminating an area especially when conducting a search.

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