The volunteer life savers enjoyed coffees and pasties at sea

Lifeboats

crews that cover the dangerous waters of the Bristol Channel enjoyed a belated festive gathering this month.

The crews had to postpone

their annual Christmas meet-up, usually held between Christmas and New Year,

because strong winds and bad weather would have made the trip unnecessarily

uncomfortable.

So it was rearranged for the first Sunday in February, and saw

no fewer than eight lifeboats get together off Flatholm.

The

volunteer lifeboat crews from Burnham-on-Sea, Weston-super-Mare, Penarth and

Portishead rafted their lifeboats together alongside the all-weather 14m Trent

class lifeboat Inner Wheel II from Barry Dock and enjoyed coffee and pasties.

Following

the meeting aboard Barry Dock’s lifeboat, the inshore lifeboats undertook a

series of pacing exercises with the all-weather lifeboat Inner Wheel II.

This offered the helms the

chance to practice bringing their craft alongside the larger lifeboat safely, a

procedure which enables personnel to be safely transferred between the two

craft.