Thursday 13th October was the first time that some of the rescue boat volunteers, Liam, Finlay, Malcolm, Duncan and Willie were able to work together as a team. It was a fine day with a bit of a swell running in Cullen Bay and the rescue crew were put through their paces first of all within the confines of the harbour and then out in the bay. They were ably assisted by three willing volunteer kayakers, Norman, Alice and Matthew who were willing to get wet in order to make the exercise more realistic.
The rescue crew were able to practice retrieving ‘casualties’ from the water into the rescue RIB by various methods and securing a kayak alongside the RIB for the purpose of towing it to safety.
Fast boat handling in the swell was practiced and ‘man overboard’ drill carried out using buoys, which helped to speed up the retrieval of persons in the water.
There was a fairly broad base of knowledge between all concerned and everyone was able to glean something positive from the exercise.
Watch the video footage from the exercise on the following link: https://youtu.be/vYIuavM6yXc
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