lifeboat crews join Bristol Channel search exercise
of Burnham-On-Sea's RNLI lifeboat station have this week taken
part in an unusual exercise in which 29 crewmembers in eight lifeboats
met in the Bristol Channel.
training drill involved lifeboats from Barry Dock, Penarth, Weston-super-Mare,
Portishead and Burnham.
of the eight lifeboats were inshore boats that are unable go to
sea in rough conditions while the eighth was Barry Docks
Trent class craft which goes out in all weathers.
from the smaller boats simulated a major search and were then
welcomed onboard the larger boat and given a tour of the facilities.
a multi-vessel search, the Barry Dock lifeboat would take command
of all lifeboats involved, so it is vital that they know the capabilities
of each crew and are fully aware of the facilities and features
of the boats that they are less familiar with than their own,"
an RNLI spokesman told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
Dock crewmember Dave Phillips added: "It's important that
RNLI stations come together as a wider team from time to time
so that in an emergency situation we can just get on with the
job in hand. Each crew member needs continuous training and these
multi-station exercises are an infrequent but vital part of the
Lifeboats from Penarth, Burnham, Weston and Portishead during
this week's exercise pic: Nicholas Leach