Jamie becomes the latest helm to pass out at RNLI Blyth

Lifeboats News Release

Jamie Shepherd has become the latest volunteer crew member to become a helm.

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Jamie Shepherd (left) with RNLI assessor Matt Blanchard after completing his pass out
Jamie has been a volunteer crew member at Blyth for 4 1/2 years.

On Tuesday, Jamie successfully completed his pass out on the D class inshore lifeboat, this follows a year of extensive training to become a helm.

The pass out consists of carrying out several tasks set by RNLI assessor Matt Blanchard to ensure that the helm can safely control the inshore lifeboat and instruct the volunteer crew according to set procedures.

A written exam also has to be passed.

Terry Healy, Lifeboat Operations Manager at RNLI Blyth commented;
'I'd like congratulate Jamie on becoming our newest D Class helm at Blyth. As a trainee helm a lot of hard work is required to successfully complete a pass out. Well done from everyone at RNLI Blyth on achieving the required standard.'

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