A PORTSMOUTH lifeboat volunteer helped teach BBC Countryfile presenters flood rescue skills.
Tobi O’Neill was one of a team of four people from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution who were on exercise in the Falls of Lora, Loch Etive, in Scotland. Between them, they gave presenter Matt Baker first-hand experience of the rigorous training that is regularly undertaken by RNLI International Flood Rescue Team.
The remote Scottish location has one of the UK’s biggest flows of white water, which replicates the type of conditions that flood rescue volunteers could face during a real flooding emergency.
Tobi helped teach Matt Baker about the specialist skills required by RNLI volunteers to save lives during a flooding incident, including rescuing people from fast-flowing water and swift-water swimming.
He said: ‘There are many dangers associated with flood water, as the water is often fast moving and has the ability to pin casualties in place or carry them downstream to unknown hazards.
‘Our swift-water rescue training programme ensures that the volunteers have the expertise and knowledge to help them save lives in treacherous flooding conditions.’