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Emergencies are simulated
11:30am Wednesday 31st October 2012 in News
The lifeboat and harbourmaster Grahame Forshaw helped the NCI team set up and monitor four scenarios at sea involving an injured crew member on a boat, a boat with engine failure, a swimmer in difficulty and a man overboard.
NCI station manager Clive Edwards said that for their Declared Facility Status assessment all NCI lookouts are required to arrange a simulated marine incident exercise to demonstrate to an appointed National Coastwatch Institution assessor that they are competent to give the coastguard a reliable visual assessment of the incident and communicate with the rescue services by radio to direct them safely to the incident with a minimum of delay.
Mr Edwards said: “The value of this type of exercise cannot be over-stated and plans are afoot to run similar exercises at regular intervals – weather permitting – from now on.”