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Tobermory RNLI trainee crew attend sea survival course at RNLI College

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Four trainee members of the volunteer crew at Tobermory RNLI have recently attended seamanship and sea survival training at the RNLI College funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

Training in the sea survival centre at the RNLI College with with two Tobermory RNLI volunteers

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Training in the sea survival centre at the RNLI College with with two Tobermory RNLI volunteers

Alec Brown who works as an engineer, Iain ‘Ogg’ Mackenzie, a ground worker, Rose Skelton, a freelance writer and journalist, and Simon Waller who works offshore all attended courses at the RNLI College in the last month.

The course sees volunteer crew being trained in a variety of crucial subjects such as how to ‘abandon ship’ with a 4m jump into water, team survival swimming, coping in a liferaft in simulated darkness, how to right a capsized inshore lifeboat, and the importance of lifejackets. It also covers emergency fire theory such as how to deal with fires aboard lifeboats, and practical sessions on the correct use of flares, fire extinguishers and throw bags.

Training took place in the Sea Survival Centre at the charity’s college, which includes a 25m wave-generating survival tank, allowing trainees to experience first-hand some of the scenarios they may encounter at sea should they ever need to abandon their lifeboat and also to understand the experience of those they will be rescuing.

The training was funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a charitable foundation that helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research. The Foundation is committed to funding the RNLI’s Crew Emergency Procedures course for a second 5-year period until December 2020. This additional funding of £1.06M will bring their total support for RNLI crew training to just over £2.46M*.

David Knaggs, Lifesaving Delivery Training Manager at the RNLI said, ‘We are so grateful to Lloyd’s Register Foundation for choosing to fund this vital part of our volunteer crews’ training. Their support is hugely important to us, and it’s fantastic how many of our crew have so far been able to benefit from Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s support of their training. This training is crucial in helping keep our volunteers as safe as possible whilst carrying out rescues. It gives volunteers the confidence to save lives even in the most difficult conditions.’

This donation is the latest in Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s relationship with the RNLI, which was recognised in 2010 when it received the Group Supporter Award from HRH Prince Michael of Kent in recognition of its valuable support of the charity.

Notes to editors

For further information, please contact Tobermory RNLI's Lifeboat Operations Manager, Dr Sam Jones on 07747 601900 or samantha_jones@rnli.org.uk or Gemma McDonald, Regional Media Officer for Scotland on 01738 642956 or gemma_mcdonald@rnli.org.uk.

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