£1M training fund helps local lifesavers learn vital skills

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Recently recruited volunteer crew members at Sennen Cove RNLI lifeboat station have had a vital part of their crew training funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

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James Doyle and Simon Williams are both trainee inshore lifeboat crew at Sennen Cove Lifeboat Station

James Doyle and Simon Williams, who are both trainee inshore lifeboat crew at Sennen Cove Lifeboat Station, recently travelled to the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, to complete the charity’s Crew Emergency Procedures course.

James has always been interested in the RNLI, but the travel demands of his previous employment meant it wasn’t feasible to join the crew. Now working at a nearby hotel and pub, he can be at station in about a minute should his pager sound.

‘I love the idea that men and women from all different backgrounds around the country willingly devote selfless time and effort to helping others,’ he says.

Speaking of his reasons for joining the lifeboat crew, Simon says: ‘I wanted to be part of something which is attached to my local village that is rewarding and honourable.

‘Living in the village and being self-employed allows me to control my own diary and joining the RNLI has allowed me to learn and gain qualifications that I never thought I’d get.’

The course sees volunteer crew being trained in a variety of crucial subjects such as how to ‘abandon ship’ with a 4m jump into water, team survival swimming, coping in a liferaft in simulated darkness, how to right a capsized inshore lifeboat, and the importance of lifejackets. It also covers emergency fire theory such as how to deal with fires aboard lifeboats, and practical sessions on the correct use of flares, fire extinguishers and throw bags.

Training took place in the Sea Survival Centre at the charity’s college, which includes a 25m wave-generating survival tank, allowing trainees to experience first-hand some of the scenarios they may encounter at sea should they ever need to abandon their lifeboat.

The training was funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a charitable foundation that helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research. The Foundation is committed to funding the RNLI’s Crew Emergency Procedures course for a second 5-year period until December 2020. This additional funding of £1.06M will bring their total support for RNLI crew training to just over £2.46M*.

Simon recalls: ‘The training was brilliant and I’ve come away with good knowledge. The training programme is second to none, and very well set up with great facilities and trainers. ‘I’m looking forward to developing as a crew member.’

James added: ‘The facilities, trainers and training were to the highest of standard. As introductory training it is invaluable for my confidence and ultimately providing me with skills to help save lives at sea.’

David Knaggs, Lifesaving Delivery Training Manager at the RNLI says: ‘We are so grateful to Lloyd’s Register Foundation for choosing to fund this vital part of our volunteer crews’ training.

Their support is hugely important to us, and it’s fantastic how many of our crew have so far been able to benefit from Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s support of their training. This training is crucial in helping keep our volunteers as safe as possible whilst carrying out rescues. It gives volunteers the confidence to save lives even in the most difficult conditions.’

This donation is the latest in Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s relationship with the RNLI, which was recognised in 2010 when it received the Group Supporter Award from HRH Prince Michael of Kent in recognition of its valuable support of the charity.

Notes to Editors

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  • *Lloyd’s Register Foundation donated £1M to the RNLI over 5 years from 2010–2015; and £400K over 2 years from 2008–2009, taking over the obligations of the Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust in 2013.
  • Lloyd’s Register Foundation have supported the training of over 3000 volunteer crew members for the RNLI

About Lloyd's Register Foundation

Lloyd’s Register Foundation is a charitable foundation which helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research. www.lrfoundation.org.uk

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James Doyle and Simon Williams are both trainee inshore lifeboat crew at Sennen Cove Lifeboat Station

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