Margate-RNLI-volunteer-receives-vital-£1M-boost-for-lifesaving-training

Byline: A volunteer lifeboat trainee at Margate RNLI Lifeboat Station has had a vital part of his crew training funded by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF).
Page Content: Wesley Lambuschagne, a member of the RNLI team at Margate, recently travelled to the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, to complete the charity’s trainee crew course.

A key part of the 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

Paul Hodson, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Margate RNLI, explained that the sea survival element of the training course has been funded by LRF, a UK registered charity that invests in science, engineering and technology for public benefit, worldwide. They are funding the sea survival element of the trainee crew course for a five year period from January 2011 to December 2015 and this additional funding of nearly £1M brings their total support to just over £1.5M.

Mr Hodson said: “The training took place in the Sea Survival Centre at the RNLI College in Poole, which has to be seen to be believed. Our volunteers can expect to face all manner of conditions out at sea – sometimes the worst of what nature can throw at them so the RNLI gives crewmembers the most realistic experience of what it can be like. The centre includes a powerful wave tank where wind, rain and total darkness conditions can be created. The centre also includes a fire-fighting simulator, allowing trainees to experience first-hand some of the scenarios they may encounter at sea as lifeboat crew.”

Notes to editors

• About the Lloyd’s Register Foundation The Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) is a UK registered charity and sole shareholder of Lloyd’s Register Group Ltd, and invests in science, engineering and technology for public benefit, worldwide.

• Margate lifeboat station has been operating since 1860. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/margate

RNLI media contacts
• Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Tel: 07974 064304, email: tugsrus@btinternet.com
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

Byline: A volunteer lifeboat trainee at Margate RNLI Lifeboat Station has had a vital part of his crew training funded by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF).
Page Content: Wesley Lambuschagne, a member of the RNLI team at Margate, recently travelled to the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, to complete the charity’s trainee crew course.

A key part of the 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

Paul Hodson, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Margate RNLI, explained that the sea survival element of the training course has been funded by LRF, a UK registered charity that invests in science, engineering and technology for public benefit, worldwide. They are funding the sea survival element of the trainee crew course for a five year period from January 2011 to December 2015 and this additional funding of nearly £1M brings their total support to just over £1.5M.

Mr Hodson said: “The training took place in the Sea Survival Centre at the RNLI College in Poole, which has to be seen to be believed. Our volunteers can expect to face all manner of conditions out at sea – sometimes the worst of what nature can throw at them so the RNLI gives crewmembers the most realistic experience of what it can be like. The centre includes a powerful wave tank where wind, rain and total darkness conditions can be created. The centre also includes a fire-fighting simulator, allowing trainees to experience first-hand some of the scenarios they may encounter at sea as lifeboat crew.”


Notes to editors

• About the Lloyd's Register Foundation The Lloyd's Register Foundation (LRF) is a UK registered charity and sole shareholder of Lloyd’s Register Group Ltd, and invests in science, engineering and technology for public benefit, worldwide.

• Margate lifeboat station has been operating since 1860. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to www.rnli.org.uk/margate

RNLI media contacts
• Peter Barker, RNLI Margate Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Tel: 07974 064304, email: tugsrus@btinternet.com
• Tim Ash, RNLI Public Relations Manager (London/East/South East)
0207 6207426 / 07785 296252 / tim_ash@rnli.org.uk
• James Oxley, RNLI Press Officer (London/East/South East)
0207 6207425 / 07786 668825 / james_oxley@rnli.org.uk
• For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789