Haven Master/RNLI Crew
A member of the Lymington Yacht Haven team has completed his RNLI 12-month training and assessments to become a fully fledged member of the local lifeboat crew.
Haven Master Rob Merrix completed various courses and assessments at the Lymington Lifeboat Station, and at the RNLI Headquarters in Poole, Dorset.
First class training is vital for Lifeboat crew who are the backbone of the lifeboat service, physically saving lives at sea, often in difficult and sometimes dangerous conditions.
Training exercises focus on teamwork, technical competence and safe operating procedures covering everything from boat-handling, search and rescue, and navigation, to radar training, radio communications and casualty care.
Crews also practise rescue scenarios involving other emergency services such as the Coastguard and fire and rescue services.
About the RNLI Lymington Lifeboat Station
Lymington RNLI Inshore lifeboat station has covered an area of the western Solent for over 50 years. Formed out of an independent service previously run by the local sailing clubs. In May 1965 the RNLI established an inshore lifeboat station with a D class lifeboat. In 2015, the Station's 50th year, the Atlantic 75 (B-874) Victor “Danny” Lovelock was replaced by the Atlantic 85 (B-882) David Bradley providing extended range and capabilities.