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Llandudno lifeboat shore crew pass out following successful training assessment

Lifeboats News Release

Phil Barratt and Nigel Forrest recently completed their latest RNLI assessments. This will significantly enhance the vital launch and recovery operations required at Llandudno Lifeboat Station.

Phil Barratt SLARS Operator at Llandudno Lifeboat

RNLI/Llandudno/Allan Cuthbertson

Phil Barratt SLARS Operator Llandudno Lifeboat

With a RNLI external assessor in attendance, the two volunteer crew members prepared for the final examination of their skills and competencies, Nigel as Head Launcher and Phil as operator of the sophisticated Shannon Launch and Recovery System.

The SLARS has been developed to launch and recover the 18-tonne Shannon lifeboat from extremely rugged and harsh environments. Connected by a pivoting swan neck, hydraulic motors power both the tractor and the rear carriage. The vehicle can be operated in calm water up to a depth of 2.4m and shut down to withstand full submersion in water up to 9m deep if stranded on an incoming tide.

John Roberts one of the trainers at Llandudno explained: 'these assessment days are very demanding and rigorous in terms of, not only setting high standards for those being assessed, but also for the other crew members taking part as they are expected to perform efficiently and effectively as a team.’

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

RNLI/Llandudno/Allan Cuthbertson

Nigel Forrest Head Launcher Llandudno

RNLI/Jonathan Coe

Recovery of the Shannon Lifeboat William F Yates at Llandudno

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