A LIFEBOAT crew have been testing the waters in a new rescue boat – with the help of an engineering company.

A crew from Maryport’s Independent Lifeboat carried out stability trials of its inflatable emergency rescue boat at Forth’s headquarters in Flimby.

Forth’s deep water test facility was used to allow the trial to take place in a controlled environment, while the crew worked through a detailed test schedule.

The trials have been held after Maryport Rescue was requested to further support HM Coastguard, the lifeboat’s Maritime tasking authority, in having an asset available to be tasked into the Lake District at a moment’s notice in support of any coastguard coordinated incident.

Gary Hampson, deputy operations manager, said: “Extensive testing was undertaken in line with the requirements set out within the Rescue Boat Code of Practice, a document that all lifeboats within the UK are required to adhere to if they are to be used as a declared facility of HM Coastgaurd.

“Maryport Rescue approached Forth Group, seeking support in running the trials in a controlled environment.

“Graham Cartwright, Forth’s projects director, agreed to support the request and was able to facilitate the team and its equipment for a number of hours while the trials were carried out.

“Having support from such a community spirited organisation is something we are very grateful for.”

Maryport Rescue is an independent lifeboat, separate from the RNLI or government organisations, which relies on public donations to enable the service to remain afloat and available to those in need throughout the year & 24/7.

Maryport Rescue also operate a swift water rescue / flood rescue team and has 4x4 capability through the use of its two Land Rovers.  

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