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Flamborough RNLI strengthened with new helmsman
Flamborough RNLI volunteer crew member Rob Mitchell has successfully completed training to be become the stations latest helmsman.
Rob, who has been a voluntary crew member at Flamborough RNLI for 8 years successfully completed practical and written assessments on Wednesday to become Helmsman of the Stations RNLI B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Elizabeth Jane Palmer'
The training required to be Helmsman of a RNLI Atlantic 85
lifeboat is involves following a structured training plan which includes
regular training exercises with formal instruction, both at sea and ashore. The
training also involves attending several residential courses held at the RNLI
college in Poole, on line courses and countless hours of self-study. The
training plan is designed to establish a solid foundation of Knowledge, Skills
and experience. Competencies include Navigation, Communications, Casualty care,
boat handling and leadership. Competence at each stage of training including
the final pass out is checked by a RNLI assessor.
Flamborough Lifeboat Operations Manager David Freeman said 'The training process requires a considerable amount of commitment and hard work. During his time as volunteer crew member Rob has shown all the qualities needed as a helmsman. We all wish him the best in his new role.'
Following his final assessment, Rob said 'I've been sailing yachts for the last 20 years. I joined the RNLI 8 years ago and passing out as a helm is my biggest achievement and I'm proud to be a volunteer for the RNLI.'
Original News Report by RLNI: https://rnli.org/news-and-media/2023/september/28/flamborough-rnli-strengthened-with-new-helmsman
Courtesy of Lifeboats News Release
Thursday 28 September 2023
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.