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Flamborough RNLI lifeboat crew member qualifies as helmsman

Lifeboats News Release

Flamborough RNLI volunteer crew member Karl Price completes training to become the stations latest helmsman

Karl Price wearing full ILB PPI on the beach at Flamborough

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Helmsman Karl Price
Local fisherman Karl has been an volunteer crew member at Flamborough RNLI for over 5 years undertook his final assessment on Tuesday evening to become helmsman of Flamborough RNLI B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Elizabeth Jane Palmer'.

During his 5 years as a member of the crew Karl has undertaken extensive training training to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to fulfil the role. Training has consisted of attending courses at the RNLI college in Poole combined with station based training and assessments. Modules have included , search and rescue, navigation and casualty care. Competence at each stage was assessed when he was required to demonstrate his knowledge and practical skills as well as leadership qualities.

Flamborough Lifeboat Operations Manager David Freeman said 'The training process requires a considerable amount of commitment and hard work. During his time as volunteer crew member Karl has shown all the qualities needed as a helmsman, it's been good to watch his progress and we all wish him the best in his new role.'

Karl said 'I thoroughly enjoy the training and I am looking forward to the new role as helmsman. I also enjoy participating in the training of junior crew members and seeing individuals progress.'
Tractor pulling RNLI B class lifeboat over the beach at South Landing Flamborough

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Flamborough RNLI lifeboat on trailer being recovered over the beach
Trailer with Atlantic 85 lifeboat on the slipway at Flamborough RNLI station.

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Flamborough Atlantic 85 on slipway.

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