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Five Flint RNLI volunteers take the plunge during intensive training course

Lifeboats News Release

Mike, Stephen, Simon, Erin and Ben have recently travelled to the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, to complete the charity’s Crew Emergency Procedures Course.


Volunteers conduct capsize training at the RNLI College

The two-day course sees volunteer crew being trained in a variety of crucial subjects such as how to deal with fires aboard lifeboats, how to ‘abandon ship’ in the event of an emergency (with a 4m jump into water), team survival swimming, coping in a life-raft in simulated darkness, how to right a capsized inshore lifeboat, and the importance of lifejackets. It also includes sessions on the correct use of flares, fire extinguishers and throw bags.

On her return from the college, Erin Brown, Flint crew member, said: ‘The training provided at the RNLI College is first class. I enjoyed working as part of a team with crew members from other lifeboat stations and learning how to keep myself and others safe in an emergency situation.’

Laura Catherall-Jones, Lifeboat Training Coordinator, said: ‘I’m delighted that our volunteer's visit to the RNLI college was enjoyable and informative. The course gives volunteers the confidence to save lives even in the most challenging conditions.’

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at Flint RNLI or know someone who might be, please email us at [email protected] for more information.

Notes to editors

  • Photo credit: Flint RNLI
  • Flint RNLI lifeboat station was established in 1966. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to
  • Since 2018 Flint RNLI has launched 79 times, saving three lives and aiding a further 19 people

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For more information contact Carly McCarthy and Aby Norwood Flint RNLI volunteer press officers, at [email protected] or [email protected]. Alternatively contact Eleri Roberts, RNLI Regional Media Officer on 07771 941390 or RNLI Press Office 01202 336789.


Crew train in the safe use of flares


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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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