Lifeboat crew go overboard for capsize drill

Morecambe RNLI volunteer inshore lifeboat crew Helmsman Steve Wilson inside the capsized inshore lifeboat during capsize training in Morecambe Bay.

Morecambe RNLI volunteer inshore lifeboat crew Helmsman Steve Wilson inside the capsized inshore lifeboat during capsize training in Morecambe Bay.

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Morecambe’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew have been preparing for the worst by practicing their capsize drill in the Bay.

Members of the public taking a stroll along Morecambe promenade, or the Lune cycle path near Halton Camp, in recent weeks may have seen Morecambe’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew practising capsize drill procedures as part of their on-going training; aimed at preparing them as much as possible for every eventuality that they might face during a rescue mission.

The training requires them to first capsize the inshore lifeboat and then swim underneath it, to access the space under the hull, in order to familiarise themselves with the appearance, lay out and evacuation points in the event the worst happens and the boat capsizes during a rescue mission.

 

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