Grant to make life safer for rescue boat

Rescue boat volounteer James Sewellreceiving the community grant from Marc Kirsten, CEO of the Boulby site.
Rescue boat volounteer James Sewellreceiving the community grant from Marc Kirsten, CEO of the Boulby site.

A community grant from the Boulby mine operated by ICL UK should help make things safer for people on the seas off the east coast.

An award of £500 means that the crew of the Runswick Bay rescue boat can be provided with training on VHF radio techniques.

James Sewell, 33, of the companies UK sales department has volunteered on the boat since he was 16.

He said: “When at sea the radio is a vital piece of safety equipment and it is crucial to understand the correct procedures – especially when talking to emergency services. We will be able to train for the ‘Short Range Certificate’ which is the minimum qualification required by law to operate VHF equipment on any vessel with a radio flying a British flag.”He went on to describe why this training is so necessary: “It is vital to follow proper communications procedures. Unnecessary or improper transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call, putting lives at risk.”

Marc Kirsten, CEO of the Boulby site, is proud to support the team.

He added: “You can’t live near the North Yorkshire coast without knowing the vital role these rescue boats provide to all manner of people at sea.

“It is a privilege to be able to help them with the sort of training that can improve their service further.”