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  Posted on 11 July 2017 by 473 (Hartlepool) Sqn. ATC

RNLI Hartlepool Visit

Last parade night (Tuesday 11th July 2017) cadets from 473 Hartlepool squadron were invited to Hartlepool RNLI lifeboat station to look around the lifeboats that they have on station and to try some of their equipment on as well as learn how the station runs.

Can I stay dry in this?

Two of our cadets were given the opportunity to try on the famous yellow wellies as well as some of the kit that the RNLI uses on a daily basis. The cadets were allowed to try on the person protective equipment that is used on the all weather life boat and the inshore life boat.

Two cadets getting to try on the two main type of personal protective equipment used by the RNLI

 

The cadet on the left was able to try on the personal protective equipment that is used on the all weather lifeboat. This equipment allows the user to stay dry from spray. The life jacket that is used allows the user to stay afloat if they fall into the water, it also contains equipment that allows the user to be found more easily.

The Cadet on the right was given the opportunity to try on the personal protective equipment most commonly used on the inshore lifeboat. This is of the dry suit design to ensure that the clothes of the user stays dry while on service, irrespective of the weather condition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Boats

Cadets were shown around the two types of lifeboats that are at Hartlepool lifeboat station: An all weather Trent class lifeboat named “Betty Huntbatch” and the Atlantic 85 named “Solihull”.

Cadets sat on the RNLB Solihull

RNLB Solihull

Cadets were given the opportunity to climb aboard the RNLB Solihull inshore lifeboat, the newer of the two boat on station the Atlantic 85 class, which is capable of a top speed of 35 knots with its twin outboard engines. This class of lifeboat can seat 4 crew and is commonly used when working inshore and in calmer weather conditions. Cadets were shown the equipment on board, for example the radio position and the radar equipment used on the boat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 of our cadets stood on the bow of RNLB Betty Huntbatch

RNLB Betty Huntbatch

Cadets were also given the opportunity to look around the larger of the two boats, the 14 meter Trent class lifeboat the Betty Huntbatch. This lifeboat is used in all weather and is capable of a top speed of 25 knots. Cadets were shown around the wheel house, survivors cabin and the upper steering position.

 

 

 

473 Hartlepool squadron would like to take the opportunity to thank the RNLI and specifically RNLI Hartlepool for this opportunity to look around the station and the boats.

 

Cadets standing next to RNLB Betty Huntbatch