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Byline: Jonathon Wright, 22, from New Brighton, recently travelled to the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, to complete the charity’s Trainee Crew Course.
Page Content:
Jonathon
Wright, 22, from New Brighton, recently travelled to the RNLI College
in Poole, Dorset, to complete the charity’s Trainee Crew Course.

A
key part of that course is the sea survival element, which enables
new volunteer crew to be trained in a variety of crucial subjects
including how to ‘abandon ship’ with a 4m jump into water; team
survival swimming and coping in a liferaft in simulated darkness; how
to deal with fires aboard lifeboats; how to right a capsized inshore
lifeboat; and the importance of lifejackets.

Training
took place in the Sea Survival Centre at the RNLI College in Poole,
which includes a wave tank and a fire-fighting simulator, allowing
trainees to experience first-hand some of the scenarios they may
encounter at sea as lifeboat crew.

The
training was funded by the LRF, an independent charity that funds
work to enhance the safety of life and property at sea, on land and
in the air. It is funding the Sea Survival element of the Trainee
Crew Course for a five year period from January 2011 to December
2015. This additional funding of nearly £1 million brings their
total support to just over £1.5 million.

Talking
about the training, Jonathon, who volunteers as lifeboat and
hovercraft crew, said: ‘The training and the College were
brilliant. The weather varied between good and stormy which provided
a real mixture of conditions typical of what I have or will face. The
training really boosted my confidence and I have acquired new skills
which have already been put to the test on my most recent shout plus
briefing new crew on what to expect if we capsize.’

He
added
‘My
father Paul inspired me to join up as a volunteer crew member because
I wanted to do something worthwhile in the locality’.

Since
he joined the RNLI Jonathon has been on rescues on both our craft
plus beach crew. Recently he put his new skills into action when he
helped to take a jetski in tow that had got into difficulty in the
River Mersey.

Graham
Sale, Lifeboat Operations Manager at New Brighton said: ‘The
support given by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation is hugely
important to the RNLI. We are extremely grateful that it has chosen
to fund sea survival training, which teaches vital core skills to our
volunteer crew.

‘This
training is central to allowing the RNLI and its volunteers to stay
safe while on rescue missions. It equips volunteers with essential
sea survival skills; providing them with the courage, poise and
self-confidence to save lives even in the most perilous seas.’

This
donation is just the latest in the LRF’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.

END

Notes
to Editors

About
the Lloyd’s Register Foundation


The
Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) funds education, training and
research programmes in transportation, science, engineering,
technology and the safety of life, worldwide for the benefit of all.

Photographs:

1]
Jonathon Wright with Atlantic 85 in background

2]
Close up of Jonathon

For
more information please contact Bob Warwick, RNLI New Brighton
Volunteer Press Officer on 0151 200 7965 – mobile 0784 765 8922 –
email bob.warwick@ntlworld.com or Alison Levett, RNLI Media Relations
Manager North on 07786 668912

RNLI
online

For
more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.org.uk.
News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds,
downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI News Centre

www.rnli.org.uk/press

Key
facts about the RNLI

The
RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour
search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of
Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 236 lifeboat stations in the UK and
Ireland and has more than 180 lifeguard units on beaches around the
UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends
on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service.
Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards
have saved over 140,000 lives.

Charity
number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland and registered in
England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736)

Byline: Jonathon Wright, 22, from New Brighton, recently travelled to the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, to complete the charity’s Trainee Crew Course.
Page Content: Jonathon Wright, 22, from New Brighton, recently travelled to the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, to complete the charity’s Trainee Crew Course.

A key part of that course is the sea survival element, which enables new volunteer crew to be trained in a variety of crucial subjects including how to ‘abandon ship’ with a 4m jump into water; team survival swimming and coping in a liferaft in simulated darkness; how to deal with fires aboard lifeboats; how to right a capsized inshore lifeboat; and the importance of lifejackets.

Training took place in the Sea Survival Centre at the RNLI College in Poole, which includes a wave tank and a fire-fighting simulator, allowing trainees to experience first-hand some of the scenarios they may encounter at sea as lifeboat crew.

The training was funded by the LRF, an independent charity that funds work to enhance the safety of life and property at sea, on land and in the air. It is funding the Sea Survival element of the Trainee Crew Course for a five year period from January 2011 to December 2015. This additional funding of nearly £1 million brings their total support to just over £1.5 million.

Talking about the training, Jonathon, who volunteers as lifeboat and hovercraft crew, said: ‘The training and the College were brilliant. The weather varied between good and stormy which provided a real mixture of conditions typical of what I have or will face. The training really boosted my confidence and I have acquired new skills which have already been put to the test on my most recent shout plus briefing new crew on what to expect if we capsize.’

He added 'My father Paul inspired me to join up as a volunteer crew member because I wanted to do something worthwhile in the locality'.

Since he joined the RNLI Jonathon has been on rescues on both our craft plus beach crew. Recently he put his new skills into action when he helped to take a jetski in tow that had got into difficulty in the River Mersey.

Graham Sale, Lifeboat Operations Manager at New Brighton said: ‘The support given by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation is hugely important to the RNLI. We are extremely grateful that it has chosen to fund sea survival training, which teaches vital core skills to our volunteer crew.

‘This training is central to allowing the RNLI and its volunteers to stay safe while on rescue missions. It equips volunteers with essential sea survival skills; providing them with the courage, poise and self-confidence to save lives even in the most perilous seas.’

This donation is just the latest in the LRF’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.

END

Notes to Editors

About the Lloyd's Register Foundation
The Lloyd's Register Foundation (LRF) funds education, training and research programmes in transportation, science, engineering, technology and the safety of life, worldwide for the benefit of all.

Photographs:
1] Jonathon Wright with Atlantic 85 in background
2] Close up of Jonathon

For more information please contact Bob Warwick, RNLI New Brighton Volunteer Press Officer on 0151 200 7965 - mobile 0784 765 8922 - email bob.warwick@ntlworld.com or Alison Levett, RNLI Media Relations Manager North on 07786 668912

RNLI online
For more information on the RNLI please visit www.rnli.org.uk. News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI News Centre
www.rnli.org.uk/press

Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 236 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and has more than 180 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 140,000 lives.
Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland and registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736)