RNLI Weston-super-Mare volunteers deployed on Flood Rescue Team to assist at Whaley Bridge

Volunteers from the RNLI’s Flood Rescue Teams have been working as part of the multi-agency response to the ongoing situation at Toddbrook Reservoir.

 The RNLI’s team which is made up of specially trained volunteers, including lifeboat crew and operational staff are all trained in swift water rescue.

Volunteers from the south west, the east coast and from north and south Wales were deployed at around 10.30am on Sunday morning (4 August) and were requested to support Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Two of the volunteer RNLI crew from Weston lifeboat station were deployed as part of the Flood Rescue Team. Nigel Congram and Liam McDermott are part of the RNLI specialist team that train regularly for flood incidents that happen around the country.

RNLI Flood Rescue Command Member Terry Webb says:

‘The RNLI is part of a multi-agency response offering assistance at Toddbrook Reservoir. We have two teams of trained volunteers working on a shift pattern 24/7’.

‘Our teams have been providing support to the high volume pumping teams, safety cover and other activities required of us as part of the response plan.’

Hugh Davies (Barry Dock) & Liam McDermott (Weston-super-Mare) at Toddbrook Reservoir

RNLI Flood Rescue Team en-route to Whaley Bridge

RNLI Flood Rescue Team on Toddbrook Reservoir