Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat Carry Out An 'Open Day' Display
The lifeboat carried out an exercise with the Coastguard rescue helicopter 187.
The winchman was firstly lowered into the lifeboat and whilst he was on board one of the lifeboat crew was lifted into the helicopter. This exercise carried on for quite a while with various aspects showing how both would work together in an emergency. After forty five minutes the display came to an end and those spectators spoken to found it very interesting.
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 over 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.