Lyme lifeboat in exercise with gig club
PUBLISHED: 07:23 07 November 2017
"Our aim is to manage a better culture of safety for gig clubs," says the rowers' coach
The first of a series of exercises involving Lyme Regis’ successful gig club and the town’s RNLI lifeboat crew was held on Sunday.
Gig club coach Chris Waller, who is leading a safety management team for the rowers, said: “Our aim is to manage a better culture of safety for gig clubs.
“We have a comprehensive plan and we will be making safety recommendations, based on our exercises with the RNLI, to the Cornish Pilot Gig Association.”
The exercise with a gig crew of seven and their 32 foot vessel, Prospero, involved the lifeboat going alongside the gig and a session to practise towing.
Future exercises are expected to involve scenarios including capsize, man overboard, swamping, and casualty recovery.
The Lyme Regis Gig Club now has 180 members.