bank fund gives Burnham-On-Sea RNLI crewman life-saving skills
lifeboat crew member at Burnham-On-Sea RNLI has had a vital part
of his crew training funded by Lloyds Register Foundation.
Fear, from Burnham-On-Sea, recently travelled to the RNLI College
in Poole, Dorset, where he completed a crew emergency procedures
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, plus team survival
course also covered coping in a liferaft in simulated darkness,
dealing with fires onboard lifeboats, and righting a capsized inshore
lifeboat, plus the importance of lifejackets.
training was held in the Sea Survival Centre, which includes a 25m
wave-generating survival tank.
training was funded by Lloyds Register Foundation, a UK registered
charity that connects science, safety and society by supporting
quality research and promoting skills and education.
Foundation is funding the sea survival element of RNLIs Crew
Emergency Procedures courses for a second five year period from
January 2016 to December 2020.
additional funding of £1.06 million will bring their total
support for RNLI crew training to just over £2.46 million.
who is a probationary crewmember, said: "This is a fantastic
course, and although fun, was also challenging, and great value."
who was inspired to join up as a crewmember because of a keen interest
in water-skiing, has since put his training to use by also helping
others in their regular weekly training sessions.
Davies, Burnham RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, said: "The
support given by Lloyds Register Foundation is hugely important
to the RNLI."
are extremely grateful the Foundation has chosen to continue to
fund sea survival training, which teaches essential core skills
to our volunteer crew."
training is vital to help keep volunteers as safe as possible while
equips volunteers with sea survival skills and provides them with
the courage, poise and self-confidence to save lives even in the
most perilous seas."
donation is the latest in Lloyds Register Foundations
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.
Burnham-On-Sea crewman Dan Fear training (photos: Ian Brown)