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 operator. 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!
Pictured are Dylan Atkinson and Harry Bray at the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset where they both recently travelled to undertake and complete the RNLI ‘Crew Emergency Procedures’ course.
Dylan and Harry joined The Lizard Lifeboat Station in March 2018 where they both have strong family associations with the RNLI, especially at The Lizard Station. Two more of our volunteer crew, Alfred Amiss and Phil Wilson also attended and completed the same course at the end of last year.
This course sees the crew trained in a variety of crucial subjects and scenarios – how to deal with fires aboard lifeboats, how to abandon ship in the event of an emergency – team survival swimming, coping in a life-raft in darkness, how to right a capsized inshore lifeboat, and the importance of life jackets. It also included sessions on the correct use of flares, fire extinguishers and throw bags.
This particular crew training takes place in the Sea Survival Centre at the RNLI College in Poole with RNLI crew members from stations all around the UK and Ireland attending the course.
This vital training of our volunteer crew was generously funded by “Lloyd’s Register Foundation” a charitable foundation which helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and research.
The intensive training course also involved learning how to work as a team in righting an upturned Y-boat – the general consensus was “it’s harder than it looks” and although the picture might not show it too clearly, the pool’s wave machine was set to make conditions a little more realistic and “sea-like”….