PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
Kinghorn RNLI Lifeboat volunteer crewmembers have enjoyed an interesting but demanding week of training when they were visited by a Trainer from the RNLI Lifeboat College in Poole.
The volunteer crew were put through their paces by the trainer who was at Kinghorn for three days. Sessions were held each day and crew members were able to attend the training around other commitments such as work and family life. 80 hours of training were accumulated over the three days by all involved.
The lifeboat spent 14 hours at sea, and four of these were at night in near freezing conditions. A number of sessions were held ashore where tractor crew and boat crew were trained in essentials including fire-fighting and rope work.
Searching, towing, navigation and anchoring were all undertaken at sea where crew members could practice for the real thing, as well as drills such as man overboard and the capsize drill.
Lifeboat Operations Manager, Paul Wibberley said, ‘I am delighted with the commitment shown by our volunteers. The crew have all put a tremendous effort in over the three days.
‘Less than 10% of RNLI volunteers come from a maritime background nowadays, so training such as this is essential to train the crew, and maintain competency.
‘We have a number of new personnel at the station, and these three days of intensive training supplement the regular weekly exercises held throughout the year.
Paul continued, ‘the training took place whilst the boat continued to be an operational lifeboat; the lifeboat was called out on Sunday night after a dog fell into Burntisland docks, and the crew investigated sightings of a number of flares over Edinburgh on Tuesday night. These were confirmed to be from an inland location, but meant the crew was at sea for a further hour on top of their training.’