A new volunteer at Eyemouth RNLI lifeboat station has had a vital part of his training funded by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF).
Steven Mutch, 18, from Eyemouth, travelled to the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, to complete the charity’s Trainee Crew Course.
A key part of that course is the sea survival element, which sees new volunteers trained in crucial subjects including how to abandon ship with a 4m jump into water, team survival swimming and coping in a liferaft in the dark.Stephen also learned how to deal with fires aboard lifeboats and how to right a capsized lifeboat.
Training took place in the Sea Survival Centre at the RNLI College, which includes a wave tank and a fire-fighting simulator, allowing trainees to experience first-hand some of the scenarios they may encounter at sea as lifeboat crew.
The training was funded by the LRF, a UK registered charity that invests in science, engineering and technology for public benefit, worldwide. It is funding the Sea Survival element of the Trainee Crew Course for a five year period from January 2011 to December 2015. This additional funding of nearly £1M brings their total support to just over £1.5M.
Talking about the training, Steven, who volunteers as a crewmember, said: “It was an experience of a lifetime, I learned skills that will not only help me with the RNLI but also in everyday life.”
RNLI spokesperson John Purvis, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Eyemouth said: “The support given by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation is hugely important to the RNLI. We are extremely grateful it has chosen to fund sea survival training, which teaches vital skills to our volunteer crew.
“This training is central to allowing the RNLI and its volunteers to stay safe on rescue missions. It equips volunteers with essential sea survival skills, providing them with the courage, poise and self-confidence to save lives even in the most perilous seas.”