Sussex Rescue Exercise with RNLI


Five MVS East Sussex Unit members boarded the national training vessel East Sussex 1 along with a couple of walking wounded casualties and a training exercise dummy to take part in an exercise with both the Eastbourne all-weather RNLI lifeboat and the inshore lifeboat.

Its main purpose was to help new RNLI recruits gain practical experience of a variety of tasks they could face in real life scenarios.
The crew sailed into Pevensey Bay and anchored about a mile offshore before the exercise began.

MVS crew Elaine and Colin Bowdery were able to put into practice their newly acquired VHF radio skills.
They reported they did not know their exact position and that they had eight crew on board with three casualties.

After the casualties and the training dummy were transferred to the all-weather lifeboat, RNLI members lifted ES1’s anchor and practised towing the vessel before they departed for Sovereign Harbour.