The High Sheriff of Merseyside took part in a river training exercise held by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service.

A crew from the MF&RS Marine Rescue Unit held the joint training with the RAF Search and Rescue Helicopter from RAF Valley in Anglesey.

As part of Exercise Yellow Scorpion two RAF crew were transferred from the MF&RS Marine Fire One rescue boat to the helicopter.

High Sheriff of Merseyside, Martin Amlot, also took part in the exercise as an observer.

It is part of the High Sheriff’s role to support the emergency services and it is one of a number of visits Mr Amlot has paid to the Service.

The evening training exercise took place on the River Mersey close to New Brighton and attracted crowds as the simulated rescue got underway.

In the mock scenario two crew members had fallen overboard from a fictitious merchant vessel, which was departing the Port of Liverpool.

It involved the Marine Fire One and the RAF Search and Rescue Helicopter crews working together to search for the two crew members, played by two of the RAF crew.

The aim of the exercise was to continue to build on the coordination between the two rescue services.

Ian Kay, a team leader of the MF&RS Marine Rescue Unit, which is based at the Pier Head, said: “It was good to have the High Sheriff on board and give him an idea of the variety of rescues that we can be called to.

“This was a rare training opportunity and the exercise went very well. It proved very useful to our crew as well as the RAF Search and Rescue helicopter crew.

“Joint raining exercises such as this are valuable to the work that we do as they help us to understand the way that other search and rescue teams work. This knowledge is very important when it comes to carrying out a real rescue.”

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