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Longhope RNLI Trainee Coxswain passes assessment

Lifeboats News Release

Great news for RNLI Longhope with Trainee Coxswain Scott Johnston passing another assessment.

Mary Harris

Longhope lifeboat in Pentland Firth heading to Thurso

This important assessment was for Scott to manage a search and rescue scenario involving a joint navigation exercise with RNLI Thurso lifeboat.

Scott was responsible for planning the search patterns which included keeping a distance of one cable (approx 185.319m) between the two lifeboats. All this information was relayed to Longhope Deputy Mechanic Oscar Spence who then relayed it to Thurso lifeboat. These complicated but essential procedures are very necessary to cover the search area in a successful manner and for the safety of the two lifeboats to keep that distance apart, especially if the two boats need to turn at the same time.

A spokesperson for Longhope RNLI says: 'Many thanks again to Assessor Trainer David Orr for his guidance, time and support and of course thank you to all the volunteer crew who make these assessments possible. Finally, thank you to our flanking station Thurso lifeboat, for their involvement. It’s always good to put into practise all the training that occurs and to work closely with them.

'Very well done Scott, yet another step closer to becoming Coxswain of Longhope lifeboat.'

David Orr RNLI

Mary Harris

Trainee Coxswain Scott Johnston with RNLI Thurso lifeboat in background.

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