Hartlepool and Redcar RNLl training exercise with Coastguard helicopter
A joint training exercise took place at the weekend with Hartlepool and Redcar RNLI lifeboats and a Coastguard helicopter from Humberside.
The hour long exercise in Tees Bay gave both the Hartlepool and Redcar RNLI volunteer crew members valuable experience of working with the helicopter.
Hartlepool RNLI second coxswain and station mechanic Garry Waugh said: ‘This was a fantastic opportunity for our new crew members to gain valuable experience of working with the Coastguard helicopter and crew who were fantastic throughout the exercise.
Our inshore lifeboat crew were also put to the test as one of the helicopter crew members was lowered onto the inshore lifeboat as it maintained its speed plus it’s always good to work with our lifeboat colleagues at Redcar.'
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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.