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MIRO volunteers in training


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The course, which consists of around 40 hours of teaching time and two exams, is being delivered by Simon Paterson of Findhorn Marina.
The course, which consists of around 40 hours of teaching time and two exams, is being delivered by Simon Paterson of Findhorn Marina.

VOLUNTEERS from a local charity are training to improve their lifesaving skills.

The crew at Moray Inshore Rescue Organisation (MIRO) are undertaking RYA Day Skipper theory training to enhance their knowledge of aspects of seamanship such as meteorology, navigation, pilotage techniques and collision regulations.

MIRO chairman, John Low, confirmed eight crew members are taking part.

He said: "The training will be invaluable in assisting them to make informed decisions when on board the rescue boat. Upskilling our crew will enhance MIRO's operational capacity in preparation for the arrival of our new Humber Ocean Pro rib, which will replace the current MIRO rescue boat, the Glyn Whitehead."

MIRO was called out 15 times in 2018. Rescues included assisting sailors, swimmers, kayakers and animals in difficulty.

The charity covers Findhorn Bay and the inshore waters of the Moray Firth between Burghead and Nairn.

MIRO is manned entirely by unpaid volunteers who give up their time to train, raise funds and save lives. They are keen to develop the team both on and off the water and would be keen to hear from anyone interested in helping.

See www.morayinshorerescue.org for more information.



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