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Hartlepool RNLI crewmembers learn new skills at Lifeboat College

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Two new Hartlepool RNLI volunteers have recently returned from the RNLI Headquarters at Poole in Dorset where they took part in a 'crew emergency procedures' training course.

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Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crew members Laura Cooling(left) and Daynor Guerin.
Laura Cooling and Daynor Guerin have spent the past year 'learning the ropes' at the Ferry Road lifeboat station and have now qualified as crewmembers and can go to sea on both the inshore and all weather lifeboats.
Laura said "It was a really good course, very informative and vital for the work we do at sea. The accommodation at the college was fantastic and the staff were very knowledgeable and supportive. I did find the lifeboat capsize exercise rather daunting but overall it was an amazing experience."
Daynor said "It was great fun taking part in the practical side of the sea survival training at the RNLI Lifeboat College. I enjoyed working as part of a team with crewmembers from other lifeboat stations and learning how to keep myself and others safe in an emergency situation. The hardest part was moving about under the overturned lifeboat as the lifejacket was so buoyant!
The best part was when we did an exercise to abandon ship. We had to jump from a platform into the pool and climb aboard liferafts in full darkness with the wave machine, rain and thunder and lightning all adding to the drama. Overall I now feel far more confident if I was to find myself in a similar situation."
Hartlepool RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Chris Hornsey said "Both Laura and Daynor have worked really hard over the past year to join the crew and I'm delighted their visit to the college was enjoyable."
For further information contact Hartlepool RNLI press officer Tom Collins. [email protected]

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Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crew members Laura Cooling(right)and Daynor Guerin pictured outside the RNLI Lifeboat College at Poole..

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Hartlepool RNLI volunteer crew members Laura Cooling(right)and Daynor Guerin pictured at the RNLI Lifeboat College at Poole..

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A view of RNLI volunteers in the pool at the college.

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