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Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat Carry Out An 'Open Day' Display

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The lifeboat carried out an exercise with the Coastguard rescue helicopter 187.

The lifeboat lining up under the helicopter to take on the winchman.

RNLI/Mel Cooper

The lifeboat and helicopter working together.
At the stations 'Open Day' on Saturday 12th August, the Port Talbot lifeboat and Coastguard 187 rescue helicopter put on a display just off Aberavon beach. Quite a large crowd were on the promenade and saw the helicopter and lifeboat creating the scenario of a transfer between both whilst at sea.
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.
The winchman just after being lifted off the lifeboat and the lifeboat veering away.

RNLI/Mel Cooper

Lifeboat and Helicopter Working Together
The winchman just about to get to the helicopter for recovery

RNLI/Mel Cooper

Winching Away

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