Flamborough RNLI lifeboat team strengthened with new helmsman

Lifeboats News Release

Flamborough RNLI volunteer crew member Will Bell completes training to become youngest Helmsman at the station.

Will Bell at Flamborough RNLI boathouse, standing in front of the B class lifeboat
New Helmsman Will Bell at Flamborough RNLI boathouse.

At 23, Will Bell has successfully completed his training to become the youngest serving helmsman at Flamborough RNLI and one of the youngest in the country.

Will, who has been a valued member of the volunteer crew for the past five years has undergone extensive training to be the latest helmsman of Flamborough RNLI B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat Elizabeth Jane Palmer.

There are many and varied stages to training as helmsman including, search and rescue, night navigation, boat handling and casualty care. Will has spent two weeks at the RNLI college in Poole combined with extensive station based training. Competence at each stage of training was checked by an assessor to whom Will needed to demonstrate his knowledge and practical skills.

Flamborough Lifeboat Operations Manager David Freeman said: 'The training requires a considerable amount of work and commitment. We congratulate Will and are happy that he has progressed to helmsman.'

Will said that it has been difficult at times but is glad that all the hard work has come to fruition. 'Now the learning will continue on another level.'

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