Tobermory RNLI exercises with Cunard’s Queen Victoria
Tobermory RNLI’s volunteer crew were able to exercise with Cunard’s cruise ship, MS Queen Victoria on Saturday 26 August 2023, including transferring crew and a stretcher via the pilot door of the 90,000 tonne vessel.
The initial introductions between Tobermory RNLI and the Queen Victoria’s captain were facilitated by Dr Helen Doe, Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter’s Centre for Maritime Historical Studies, who is supervising Tobermory RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager Dr Sam Jones’ PhD on the history of the RNLI in the 19th century. Dr Doe, who is currently writing the RNLI’s bicentenary history to be published in 2024, was on board the Queen Victoria delivering a series of lectures and is a longstanding supporter of the charity which saves lives at sea. Plans for the exercise were then finalised between the Queen Victoria’s captain and Tobermory RNLI Station Coxswain, David McHaffie.
Coxswain David McHaffie said: ‘This was an extremely valuable opportunity for us to experience coming alongside a vessel of this size and to carry out training involving the transfer of personnel and a stretcher between the Queen Victoria itself and also one of its tenders. Our patch is increasingly seeing large numbers of cruise ships of all shapes and sizes and this exercise helped us understand how we could work with a large vessel in an emergency. We would like to thank the captain and crew of the Queen Victoria for allowing us to exercise with them and also Dr Helen for contacting the captain on our behalf’.
RNLI media contactsDr Sam Jones, Tobermory RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer and Lifeboat Operations Manager on 07747601900 or [email protected]
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