RNLI give rescue masterclass alongside helicopter

Rob Marshall of the lifeboat crew being winched back down to the boat after his rescue.
Rob Marshall of the lifeboat crew being winched back down to the boat after his rescue.

MABLETHORPE RNLI gave beachgoers an expert demonstration of their airborne rescue skills as they held their annual training exercise with the sea rescue helicopter on Sunday, June 12.

A damp and drizzly morning saw the helicopter fly over from its RAF Leconfield base for its 11am exercise with the RNLI lifeboats.

During its 75 minute stint, all lifeboat crew members practised positioning the boat beneath the helicopter and were then individually winched to ‘safety’.

It was a worthwhile exercise to prepare for real life rescue operations requiring the assistance of the helicopter which can involve searching for missing persons or transferring people who require urgent medical attention.

In the past the training event has been cancelled due to the helicopter being required elsewhere.