Exmouth plays host to RNLI flood rescue training

Members of the south west RNLI flood rescue team took part in a two-day training session along the River Otter to boost their skills. Exmouth lifeboat volunteer Giles White helped run the course.

Eight of the 30-strong team, who have all qualified as swift water rescue technicians, carried out an exercise in the River Otter to further boost their lifesaving skills.

The group bedded down in Exmouth lifeboat station to simulate basic conditions the crews often find themselves in during major incidents.

The event was organised by Nigel Jones, RNLI deputy divisional inspector for the south west, who was helped by RNLI volunteer Giles White, deputy 2nd coxswain of the Exmouth lifeboat and member of the RNLI flood rescue team.

The group took part in lectures, set up a mock resuce scene, learned lifesaving techniques and teamed up with local coastguards.

Mr Jones said: “As the flood tide strengthened, so did the water flow. At its maximum the flood provided a useful and safe area to practice.”

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