Massive Congratulations to Appledore RNLI’s two Robs – Rob Ward and Rob Hawkins
Sailing through external assessments on Monday 31 July, two volunteer Appledore RNLI crew members were fully passed out, Robbie Ward as a Tamar all-weather boat mechanic, and Rob Hawkins as a launch and recovery driver for the County Tractor, used to launch the B class inshore lifeboat.
The practical assessment includes fault finding, emergency procedures, salvage and fire pumps, start up and close down, bilge system, emergency throttles and steering, single engine running and much else, and to make his assessment even more challenging, both a fire and Man Overboard drill was also thrown in.
Without a qualified mechanic on board, no all-weather lifeboat can launch.
The same day Rob Hawkins was externally assessed for his pass out as a launch and recovery driver for the County Tractor. This means Rob is now fully qualified to launch and recover Appledore RNLI’s B class inshore lifeboat in all states of tide, weather and conditions, day and night. Again, after months of training and practise, Rob had to prove his capability given all sorts of scenarios.
Without a fully qualified tractor driver present, the lifeboat cannot be launched.
Bob Meller, Appledore RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager says: ‘Both Robs have worked long and hard for their pass outs and these are extremely well deserved. We congratulate both of them and thank them for their commitment to this voluntary service. But we also thank the public. We are a charity, totally independent of any government funding so we rely on public donations, fundraising and legacies to be able to run the lifeboat service, our lifeboats and provide the top level of training to our volunteers to help us save lives at sea’.
Rob Hawkins in front of Country Tractor, Rob Ward on all weather lifeboat
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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