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RNLI Skegness collaborates with HM Coastguard teams for joint training

Lifeboats News Release

To improve skills and foster better working relations across both organisations, RNLI Skegness joined forces with Wrangle and Skegness Coastguard Rescue Teams for a joint training session.


RNLI Crew and Coastguard Rescue Team
HM Coastguard tasks the RNLI's search and rescue assets, working closely with local Coastguard Rescue Teams during search and rescue (SAR) operations. Both organisations must understand each service's capabilities and limitations to ensure that the most appropriate and effective resources get deployed in emergencies.

The joint training session, that took place on Tuesday 20 June, continues to support Lincolnshire Police's Operation Atlantis, which focusses on greater collaboration between partner agencies. The exercise concentrated on improving communication and coordination between the two search and rescue (SAR) teams.

During the training session, both rescue teams assisted the inshore lifeboat (ILB) volunteer crew in locating and recovering tennis ball targets on the water, simulating 'real life' search scenarios. The exercise occurred near the Skegness lifeguard hut, allowing each crew member to gain valuable helm time positioning the lifeboat onto the targets.

Following the exercise, the volunteer lifeboat crew was given a tour of the Coastguard Rescue vehicles to familiarise themselves with each other's SAR equipment. This collaboration between the rescue agencies highlights the importance of effective communication and teamwork in real life emergencies.

RNLI Skegness Helm, Lewis Knight, commented on the joint training session: 'It was great to work with our coastguard colleagues and develop new skills in 'conning on.' This exercise enhanced our ability to communicate with partner agencies and allowed us to learn from each other's expertise. Working together effectively and efficiently in real life scenarios is crucial, and exercises like these help prepare us to save lives when it matters most.'

Paul Simpson, Lifeboat Operations Manager at RNLI Skegness, added: 'It's fantastic to see this kind of training taking place, and we look forward to working more closely in the future with the Coastguard, National Coastwatch (NCI), East Midlands Ambulance Service, Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue, and Lincolnshire Police throughout the summer season. Collaborative efforts like these ensure that our teams are well-prepared and equipped to provide the best possible search and rescue services.'

Colin Peet, Station Officer at HM Coastguard Skegness also commented on the joint exercise, saying, 'It was great to see both Skegness Lifeboat crew and Skegness and Wrangle Coastguard teams carrying out the conning on exercise with a great outcome and many lessons learned.'

The successful joint training session demonstrates the ongoing commitment of RNLI Skegness, Wrangle, and Skegness Coastguard Rescue Teams to work together to provide world-class search and rescue services for our community.

Notes to editors

The RNLI is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Skegness RNLI is based on Tower Esplanade, Skegness. The lifeboat station was founded in 1825 and the volunteer crew use an all-weather Shannon class lifeboat Joel and April Grunnill and D class lifeboat The Holland Family.

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Coastguard Team during Training Operation


Station Officer, Colin Peet showcasing Coastguard vehicles


Casualty care training during exercise


D class coming into shore during training

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