Exercise with HMS Portland (Credit RNLI/Joanna Parmentier)
Author: Joanna Parmentier, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
Alderney’s Trent class all-weather lifeboat Roy Barker I has within the last 24 hours fulfilled four very diverse functions for the community of Alderney.
Yesterday morning, 4 August 2011 at 9.15am, the lifeboat was launched to transfer to Guernsey an expectant mother who was in labour and unable to fly due to fog. A healthy baby girl was born only 40 minutes after arrival at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital in Guernsey.
Later that afternoon the Trent class lifeboat was involved in an exercise with HMS Portland, a Royal Navy type 23 frigate which had been undergoing four days of navigational training around the Channel Islands. The exercise involved the transfer at sea of one of the warship’s crew members, local man Ryan Murray, who was returning home for 3 weeks’ shore leave.
This morning, 5 August 2011, the lifeboat was present at the annual ecumenical ‘Blessing of the Boats’ ceremony which took place at Little Crabby Harbour in Alderney and shortly after joined in with the fun at the Alderney Week Daft Raft Race whilst also providing safety cover.