Rescue volunteers from across nine European nations recently participated in the 3rd Lifeboat Crew Exchange Programme organised by the International Maritime Rescue Federation (MRF).

Our Coxswain Steve spent a week in Germany at the end of September and together the participants shared experiences and knowledge aiming to improve Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) responses and help to prevent loss of life in Europe’s waters.

The volunteer crews involved, collectively commit thousands of hours of their time every year to serving their communities to keep those going out on the water safe.

The 7 intensive days were spent with their counterparts from the other rescue organisations on the exchange and provided a perfect platform to share their experiences, knowledge and best practice in Maritime SAR matters.

The Crew Exchange comprised of simulated search and rescue exercises, as well as training modules from the host organisation in areas such as first aid, navigation, off road driving, crisis management, leadership and maritime English.

The 63 participants also experienced day and night time exercises including towing, navigating, man overboard recovery, sea survival training, lifeguard training, recovering boats and helicopter transfers. Steve is spent a week in Germany along with other representatives of the IMRF including The Netherlands, Germany, Sweden & France

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