A wind farm company will finance the training of a volunteer lifeboat crew

A GLOBAL offshore wind energy company has pledged to support Clacton Lifeboat Station to help train volunteer crews over the next two years.

Orsted, who runs the Gunfleet Sands offshore wind farm off Clacton, has pledged to support the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) through a new two-year partnership which will focus on training its volunteers to help the charity charity in its mission to save lives at sea.

Orsted will contribute £140,000 over two years to fund training costs in Clacton and six RNLI lifeboat stations across the UK, including Barrow, Humber, New Brighton, Ramsgate, Skegness and Wells.

RNLI volunteers train at least fortnightly on the station and regularly at night to replicate real emergencies.

Training is supported by attendance at the award-winning RNLI residential college in Poole, station visits by trainers and distance learning courses.

Orsted’s 12 offshore wind farms are all located in areas corresponding to the seven RNLI stations supported by the partnership.

Since Ørsted and the RNLI joined forces in 2015, the partnership has directly supported over 1,700 lifeboat launches, assisted over 1,900 people in distress and saved 88 lives.

Duncan Clark, from Orsted, said: “We are extremely proud to continue our partnership with the RNLI and to help this incredible charity save lives at sea.

“The offshore environment can be extremely harsh, so it is essential that everyone has the knowledge and tools to keep themselves and others safe.

“As a company building and operating large offshore wind projects, we have first-hand experience of these challenges, which is why we place such importance on safety and training.

“Through the latest phase of this partnership, our goal is to help RNLI teams continue to provide the best training possible to its volunteers.”

Alex Evans, Lifesaving Training Manager at the RNLI, added: “Their support is very important to us and it is fantastic to see how so many of our crew have benefited from Orsted funding for their training.

“It gives volunteers the confidence to save lives, even in the most difficult conditions.”

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