RNLI exercise for Burnham-On-Sea supporters
RNLI's management and volunteers organised a special 'meet the
crew' event for local fundraisers and shop volunteers.
was no 'tea and cake' affair, however, for unknown to the Burnham
lifeboat crew members and supporters there was a surprise exercise
planned - the objective being to demonstrate how the station operated
around 7.30pm, the pagers alerted 'launch both boats' for exercise
only and the crew sprang into action, donning dry-suits and prepping
the boats for a immediate launch.
scenario was that a fisherman had been seen falling into the water
on Burnham beach and subsequently swept away by the strong incoming
tide. For realism, 'Dead Fred', the lifeboat station rescue dummy,
was thrown into the water an hour before - suitably eqipped with
a lifejacket and GPS tracker because rescue dummies are expensive.
boats were launched and the crewmembers proceeded to carry out
a series of standard search patterns.
each stage of the exercise, a member of station management was
on hand to explain the process to the gathered crowd of supporters.
Eventually, when the rescue dummy was located, the crews returned
both lifeboats to Burnham beach for recovery, and a very muddy
wash down back at the station.
volunteer Sandra King said: "I had a wonderful unexpected
evening! Went along to the Lifeboat station for what was to be
a 'meet the crew' evening for the new volunteers and they staged
a surprise rescue exercise especially for us but without telling
the crew! It gave a good insight into the amazing work that they
do and when we left at 9.50pm they were still trying to wash the
lifeboat crewmember Nathan Meager added: "All the supporters
seemed very positive about the evening and the crew seemed to
have found it fun and useful too. The crew and some of the supporters
were keen to have a night when they actually got to meet so we
will arrange this for a future date."