Rescue training at River Canal Rescue

FOURTEEN staff from breakdown and assistance firm River Canal Rescue were recently put through their paces during a day of rescue training at Red Hill Marina in Nottingham.

The cruiser being sunk to various levels of raising difficulty during the day.
The cruiser being sunk to various levels of raising difficulty during the day.

Front-line engineering and office based staff first went through the theory of a rescue, learning how to assess risks, formulate plans for safe rescue attempts and how to use rescue equipment safely and efficiently. Simulated rescues followed involving the sinking and refloating of an 18ft cruiser, sunk to varying levels of raising difficulty (four times during the day).

Operational manager Jay Forman explained: “If Health & Safety allows, we like to train in a river as this is where the majority of our rescues are undertaken. The river flow and depth or water enables us to recreate difficult situations we’ve encountered in the past – without taking any risks.”

Refloating the 18ft cruiser. PHOTOS: RCR
Refloating the 18ft cruiser. PHOTOS: RCR

During the simulated rescue a chief second in command and rescue workers are appointed, as they would be in a real rescue. Seniority is determined by the number of rescues staff have undertaken in the past.

Jay advised: “The chief must have logged at least 100 rescues and the second in command, a minimum of 80. Any trained member of staff can attend as a rescue worker, however they are usually put on light duties until they’ve taken part in at least 10.”

Office staff are included in the traini8ng as they can support a rescue teams who may be called to attend multiple incidents. Rescue training is held once or twice a year, dependant upon the number of call-outs, focusing on tackling grounded, stranded and sunken vessels.

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