Thursday, 7 April 2016

PCT day 3 = done. A long day finishing in Portsmouth

Day 3 of the PCT is the final day of the RNLI College based training and the start of the passage back to station. For us the passage back to station takes about 40 mins so we needed to come up with a plan to get some more sea time in. The first part of the day was spent going over the alarms on the boat and what to do in the event of an emergency such as a fire onboard or flooding.
Then the boat was loaded up and we set off under the 14:30 bridge out of Poole.
We then headed towards The Solent to meet up with the two RNLI Lifeboats from Portsmouth for an exercise. On the way we took advantage of the lumpy conditions off The Needles to do a little bit of rough weather boat handling.
We met up with the crew from Portsmouth, let them have a quick look over the boat then headed out to sea to do some drills. After that we made our way in to Portsmouth harbour in the dark for our overnight stay. We finally got off the boat around 10pm, a good day but a long one!