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New Quay RNLI crew in training

Lifeboats News Release

New Quay RNLI Lifeboat Station conducted a successful joint training evening with the Her Majesty’s Coastguard with both inshore and all-weather lifeboats taking part using the Coastguard’s SAIRS equipment and RNLI’s SIMS system.

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Crew briefing before the training

New Quay RNLI crew took part in a specialised search and rescue training exercise in the early evening on Wednesday 20 June 2018. Working in partnership with Her Majesty’s Coastguard, different rescue scenarios were given to the crew using the coastguard’s SAIRS equipment, with the Coastguard also using the RNLI’s SIMS (Servowatch Ships Information Management System), in Milford Haven so each team could see how the other works.

SARIS is an integrated Search and Rescue (SAR) planning tool, incorporating both Search Area Determination (SAD) and Search Area Coverage (SAC) which is used by coastguards, navies and port authorities all over the world.

Bernie Davies, the New Quay RNLI Lifeboat Mechanic said, “It is vital that we work closely with the Milford Haven Coastguard Operations Centre and have regular training with them.

“In this training session, the Coastguard gave us a man overboard scenario and gave us a search pattern to follow. We then input the details to our systems on the boat and followed the search pattern. The Coastguard then requested a screen shot from the ALB (all-weather lifeboat) plotter to see what we did.

“It's all about working together and giving the Coastguard an appreciation of how difficult it can be to set up and follow a search pattern when bouncing around in a small boat with spray all over you.”

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At sea in the Mersey class all-weather lifeboat using the SAIRS equipment

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RNLI/Kate Williams

Screenshot taken of search and rescue training

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

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