Survival is a family thing

Stuart and Euan Hoggan, from Anstruther Lifeboat Station.
Stuart and Euan Hoggan, from Anstruther Lifeboat Station.

A probationary crewman from Anstruther Lifeboat has followed in his elder brothers footsteps by attending sea survival training in Poole.

Stuart Hoggan (21), fisherman and probationary crew man at Anstruther Lifeboat Station, attended the Trainee Crew Course held at the RNLI Lifeboat College at Poole in January, which is being sponsored by Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF).

Stuart follows his older brother Euan (23), who is already established on the Anstruther All-Weather lifeboat and a helmsman on the Anstruther Inshore Lifeboat.

Both young men make their living as lobster fishermen and know only too well how dangerous an environment they work in.

The course enables new volunteer crew to be trained in a variety of crucial subjects including how to ‘abandon ship’ with a four-metres jump into water, team survival swimming and coping in a life raft in simulated darkness.

Stuart also learned how to deal with fires aboard lifeboats, how to right a capsized inshore lifeboat and the importance of life jackets.

LRF is a UK registered charity that invests in science, engineering and technology for public benefit, worldwide. It is funding the Sea Survival element of the Trainee Crew Course for a five-year period from January 2011 until December 2015.

Stuart said: “Volunteering on the Anstruther Lifeboat crew gives me an opportunity to give something back to the local fishing community.

“It is a close-knit community and over my short career so far, I have had a lot of support and encouragement from fellow fishermen. The sea can be a very dangerous and unforgiving place so being trained to the very high standard that we are by the RNLI makes us well equipped to deal with whatever is thrown at us.”

Stuart also thanked LRF for funding the course.