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Burnham-On-Sea RNLI crew practise
what they'd do if a lifeboat capsized
RNLI crew members have been rehearsing how they would react if
a lifeboat flipped over or capsized out at sea.
20 crewmembers gathered in a calm area of water at the mouth of
the River Brue, near the Yacht Club, on Sunday morning (June 26)
to run through the correct capsize recovery procedure.
often encounter hazardous conditions at sea and therefore it's
vital that the crew know what to do in the event of their craft
is for this reason that all Burnham RNLI crewmembers undergo compulsory
lifeboats are designed to be self-righting, and some have to be
righted by the use of a gas flotation bag. The smaller D class
lifeboats have to be righted manually - and this is what was practised
righting a capsized lifeboat, various procedures are followed,
including removal of the outboard engine cowling and replacement
of the engine's spark plugs to ensure all water has been cleared
from the inside the engine before it is restarted.
can be a difficult and time-consuming task even when in the calm
waters of the River Brue, let alone in a heavy sea when preservation
of life is at stake and the clock is ticking.
photos on this page show step-by-step how the lifeboat crew flip
the lifeboat over - from being stranded upside down to being the
right side up again.
capsize exercise is just one part of an extensive ongoing training
programme at Burnham-On-Sea RNLI which all crew participate in.
2004 capsize training
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