RNLI volunteers primed for life saving duties

To date 3000 volunteers have completed the RNLI’s Crew Emergency Procedures course Photo: RNLI/Jennifer Clough To date 3000 volunteers have completed the RNLI’s Crew Emergency Procedures course Photo: RNLI/Jennifer Clough

The RNLI says that 3000 volunteer lifeboat crew have now completed a vital part of their training, helped by a training fund of over £2m provided by Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

This training partnership, which has been going for more than ten years, has seen Lloyd’s fund the fundamental Crew Emergency Procedures course at the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset.

“We are delighted to be meeting this special milestone in our relationship with Lloyd's Register Foundation,” said Paul Boissier, chief executive at the RNLI.

“Our volunteers give so much when putting their lives at risk to save others – they deserve the best training that we can provide. By helping us to train the crew, the Foundation is helping to save lives at sea.”

Emergency training

The course allows the trainee crew to experience first-hand some of the situations they may encounter at sea should they ever need to abandon their lifeboat.

It sees volunteer crew trained how to ‘abandon ship’ with a 4m jump into water, team survival swimming and coping in a liferaft in simulated darkness, among other emergency training.

Lloyd’s Register Foundation first started supporting this training in 2007. A five-year agreement saw them donating £1m to fund the course between 2010 and 2015.

The Foundation is currently funding the course for a second five-year period until December 2020, with a fund of £1.06m.

By Anne-Marie Causer

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