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Lift for Life
by Alan Thurwell


Alan, a NW RIBster, BSAC Area Coach and a RNLI Lifeboat Crewmember shares some practical tips in the event that one day we may need to help in a lift for life.

In any rescue incident take all instruction from the helicopter crew.

Important Note: These techniques are those adopted by the RNLI when working with the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and Coastguard helicopters, they may not be appropriate for other rescue services or for non SAR trained crews.

Control of a helicopter rescue is the responsibility of the pilot. Pilots are instructed to normally use the 'Stationary Boat' standard procedure when rescuing the general public.

Practical Tips when Working with Helicopters

As a crewmember of an RNLI Inshore Lifeboat, I would like to pass on a few practical tips on working with helicopters. These tips are based on my experiences when working with helicopters on service, during practice and from formal training at the Inshore Lifeboat Centre (ILC), Helmsman’s Course at Cowes, Isle of Wight.