Now it may look as though they are all about to fall off the end of the slip but the very fact that in such awful conditions they didn’t is a testament to the rigorous R.N.L.I. training exercises all our crews, shore and boat have to undergo! This short video was taken from inside the boathouse during a shore-crew training exercise. The trainer was making sure everyone knew exactly where (and why) they, and all of their equipment should be in order to begin re-housing the lifeboat.
It is quite common, and in general most people when watching an exercise only notice, and rightly admire, the seamanship of the Coxswain as he skilfully reverses the lifeboat back onto the slip sometimes in very rough seas, waits for his crew to catch the winch wire before being drawn back into the boathouse by a trained and skilful winch-man or woman. While the boat is at sea and before any of this can happen many other procedures, all with constant safety first in mind, are carried out by the “unsung heroes” – the shore crew.
We at The Lizard Lifeboat Station have no problem singing the praises of our brilliant dedicated shore crew – we, and they realise how easy it is to be overlooked and our Coxswains know and will tell you, they couldn’t do their job without a shore crew!