Lyme lifeboat pair qualify to tackle floods

Martin Croad and Tim Edwards become rescue boat operators

TWO members of the RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew in Lyme Regis are now qualified to take charge of a rescue operation during major floods.

Martin Croad and Tim Edwards have qualified as rescue boat operators which means they could take the helm of a lifeboat during rescue operations in a flooding crisis.

Martin and Tim both took a recent course at Poole to gain their qualification.

Martin has also just returned from a flood rescue exercise at Hayle in Cornwall designed to top-up his skills.

The exercise, on a tidal estuary, tested RNLI crew members in their ability to cope in swift water situations.

Martin, 32, said:”When the tide drops at Hayle we were told that five and a half tons of water a second rushes through the tunnels where we exercised.”

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The exercise involved 17 RNLI crew members from the south-west.

They are part of a group of 30 in the region who would form two boat teams 24 hours a day for four days in the event of a major flood.

It’s all part of the RNLI’s commitment to a National Flood Rescue Team.

Martin added:”The exercise was very challenging and realistic. It was as close as we could get to the real thing in a serious flood.”