Lyme lifeboat in exercise with gig club

PUBLISHED: 07:23 07 November 2017

The gig alongside picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

The gig alongside picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

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"Our aim is to manage a better culture of safety for gig clubs," says the rowers' coach

Gig coach - Chris Waller. picture: RICHARD HOROBINGig coach - Chris Waller. picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

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 in tow picture: RICHARD HOROBINGig in tow picture: RICHARD HOROBIN

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.

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