RNLI Port Talbot collaborates with RNLI Mumbles for joint exercise.

Lifeboats News Release

On Wednesday 13 September 2023 at 6.45pm a volunteer crew from Port Talbot RNLI launched D-848 Craig Morris in good conditions with excellent visibility to rendezvous with RNLI Mumbles to undertake a joint exercise in the bay off Aberavon.

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Volunteer crews returning from joint exercise

At 7pm the two crews met and the Port Talbot crew were invited to transfer to the Roy Barker IV Tamar class lifeboat to be shown around and to further discuss the exercise.

The crews were soon back to business and coordinated the exercise undertaking casualty transfers and pacing tasks.

Port Talbot RNLI Helm Paul Skinner said: ‘It was a pleasure to carry out this exercise with Mumbles Lifeboat, training together as often as possible allows us to work as one crew when tasked to incidents. We extend our thanks to all at Mumbles Lifeboat for joining us on this exercise.’

'As daylight faded away the volunteer crews worked together to undertake search patterns using electronic navigation which brought the training to a close.

'The demand on RNLI crews continues to increase and people need our help more now than ever so it is vital that we keep training, so far this year our volunteer crew at Port Talbot have conducted 2329 hours of training in all conditions to continue to be ready to save lives at sea.'

Notes to editor:

The RNLI is a registered charity that saves lives at sea. It provides, on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service to 100 miles out from the coast of the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland and a beach lifeguard service on over 200 beaches in England.

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Triumphant training crew

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