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RNLI Longhope Trainee Coxswains make good progress

Lifeboats News Release

In June, an important lifeboat exercise occurred involving Trainee Coxswain, Scott Johnston, and volunteer crew member, Steve Rhodes.

Mary Harris

RNLI crew members seen attaching the tow.

On 12 June 2023, under the watchful eye of Assessor Trainer for the RNLI in North Scotland, Davey Orr, both Scott and Steve had to show they were competent in establishing a tow rope to a stricken vessel and then towing the casualty correctly back to the pier and manoeuvring it alongside into a safe berth.

Watching from the shore, volunteer Mary Harris could see how careful and skilful they both were in this task and the supporting crew worked hard to make it all go smoothly.

Longhope RNLI are pleased to announce that both Scott and Steve passed this training module. Steve then carried on to be assessed on his Manage Launch and Recovery module which he also passed. So congratulations to the boys and many thanks to Davey Orr and to all the crew members supporting them during their training and assessment.

Hopefully, two of our newest recruits Ryan Urquhart and Euan Dougall will, after all this training, find their involvement in these exercises helpful, as they progress through their competence-based training and assessment.

After the assessment, Trainee Coxswain at Longhope RNLI, Scott said: ‘I’m really enjoying the training and it is fine to be making progress.’ He is now working towards his next module: Manage Search and Rescue.

Notes to editors

· Longhope lifeboat station has been operating since 1874. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to:

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Mary Harris

Towing underway at Longhope RNLI

Mary Harris

The Longhope RNLI lifeboat seen entering the basin.

Mary Harris

The end of a successful day at Longhope RNLI

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