Shipshape for lifeboat role

Jason Hedges, left, and Adam Beston. Please credit Dave Barry.
Jason Hedges, left, and Adam Beston. Please credit Dave Barry.

More than £1 million of charity funding has helped train future lifesavers in Scarborough as RNLI lifeboat recruits learn sea survival skills.

Two new volunteer crew members at Scarborough’s lifeboat station have had a vital part of their training funded by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

Adam Beston, 28, of High Mills Drive, and Jason Hedges, 27, of Phoenix Drive, recently travelled to the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, to complete the charity’s trainee crew course.

The training was funded by the Foundation, an independent charity that funds work to enhance the safety of life and property at sea, on land and in the air.

It is funding the sea-survival element of the trainee crew course for a five-year period from to December 2015, bringing their total support to more than £1.5 million.

Mr Beston, who is the manager of Boro Tyres, in Seamer Road, said he joined the RNLI because he had always been involved with boats and wanted to put something back into the community.

Mr Hedges, a paramedic with the local NHS trust, said: “The course was fantastic. The trainers, equipment and college were to an extremely high standard and nothing was too much trouble.”

Mr Beston added: “We have learned to trust the equipment much more now we have seen what it can do. To top things off we had an amazing five days of sunshine.”

Steve Parker, Scarborough lifeboat operations manager, said: “The support given by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation is hugely important to the RNLI. We are extremely grateful that it has chosen to fund sea-survival training, which teaches vital core skills to our volunteer crew.

“This training is central to allowing the RNLI and its volunteers to stay safe while on rescue missions. It equips volunteers with essential sea-survival skills, providing them with the courage, poise and self-confidence to save lives even in the most perilous seas.”

In 2010, the Foundation received the group supporter award from Prince Michael of Kent in recognition of its support of the charity.