Joint RNLI and Coastguard training exercise conducted on the River Axe

Last night (08 May 2019) we conducted a joint search and rescue training exercise with Weston-super-Mare Coastguard Rescue Team at Uphill.

The exercise was designed to build team work and for the Coastguards and RNLI crew to learn about each other’s operating procedures.

Both lifeboats were launched from Knightstone after a joint brief explaining the task and search location.

The BV206 then relocated to Uphill with RNLI shore-crew who joined the Coastguard search teams as part of the exercise. We split into two teams with one group conducting a search along the north bank of the River Axe, while the second group were transported across the river by lifeboat to search the south bank for the ‘casualty’ who we were informed was somewhere in the search area.

After locating the ‘casualty’, the teams assessed his injuries and discussed what actions they would take in a real situation and then transported him by stretcher to the lifeboat where he was transferred back across the river with the search teams.

The lifeboats, shore-crew and Coastguards then relocated to the boathouse at Knightstone and conducted a debrief on the evenings training scenario. We discussed actions that we can take to improve our team work, communications and operating processes in preparation for any real life scenarios that we may work together on in the future.

All agreed it was a very useful experience and developed good team work and a better understanding of each organisation. We will be conducting further joint exercises in the future to continue to develop our skills together.

Attached are a selection of photos from the exercise.