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Larne RNLI train alongside Prestwick Coastguard Helicopter ‘Rescue 999’

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Larne RNLI launched their All-weather lifeboat Dr John McSparron and Inshore lifeboat Terry on Sunday (29 January). Both lifeboats took part in the exercise to simulate recovery of a casualty to a helicopter in an emergency situation.


Larne RNLI launched their All-weather lifeboat Dr John McSparron and Inshore lifeboat Terry on Sunday (29 January). Both lifeboats took part in the exercise to simulate recovery of a casualty to a helicopter in an emergency situation.

The joint exercise with Prestwick Coastguard Helicopter took place one mile north of Larne. The lifeboats practiced manoeuvres at speed with Rescue 999. A high-line was passed to the All-weather lifeboat where the winchman then landed. Several RNLI crew members were then winched into the helicopter and back onto the deck of the lifeboat.

The RNLI regularly carries out exercises with other rescue agencies. It is this training that ensures the crew are able to work effectively with other agencies in an emergency situation, including medical evacuation of a casualty to a helicopter.

Larne RNLI 2nd Coxswain Norman Surplus said: 'We had a very valuable training session with both our lifeboats working under the helicopter in turn. During the joint RNLI/ Coastguard exercise all our volunteer crew members reinforced their overall skills knowledge and their hands-on experience of specialised Helicopter operations.’

‘Close and effective collaboration during such RNLI/Coastguard joint training allows the combined emergency services to be much better prepared to handle real search and rescue situations as and when they arise.’

Larne RNLI wishes to extend their thanks to Prestwick Coastguard for the opportunity to carry out the joint exercise.

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