Whitby RNLI join lifeguards and coastguards in a multi-agency training session.

Whitby’s two lifeboats were used in the exercise.

Whitby RNLI crew practice weekly to ensure all crew are proficient at sea. This can include exercises such as tying and towing, or practicing man overboard and navigation in the lifeboat.

Last week the crew took part in a joint exercise with RNLI lifeguards and local HM Coastguard crew, a scenario no stranger to volunteers.

Teams often work together in real life rescue situations to ensure the fastest and safest outcome for victims, with each team bringing their specialist skills and equipment to the job.

The exercise consisted of dealing with an emergency in stages on the beach and administering care to the injured as well as rehearsing a water retrieval on the inshore rescue boat.

Leah Hunter, who was on board the coastal lifeboat, said: ‘It’s fantastic to be able to train alongside the other volunteers and crew on our shoreline, we already work together on the cries, but training together doesn’t only enhances our skills and ability to work together as a team for the best outcome – we can also learn from each other,’

For more information, contact Lifeboat’s press officer Ceri Oakes on 07813359428 or [email protected]

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