News round-up / New mechanics for lifeboat, become a first responder, NAFC students receive awards, marine wildlife

RNLI Lerwick lifeboat mechanics Darren Harcus (left) and Nathan Mann. Photo: RNLI Lerwick

TWO members of the Lerwick Lifeboat team have completing training to become mechanics.

Coxswain Darren Harcus and crew member Nathan Mann undertook a day-long practical exam onboard the lifeboat last week.

The ‘Severn-class’ Lerwick lifeboat requires a minimum of five crew to launch, which must include the coxswain and a mechanic.


Lerwick Lifeboat operations manager Malcolm Craigie said: “I’m pleased to see Darren and Nathan pass their exams to qualify as mechanics, which gives us a greater ability to respond when we are asked to launch.

“The RNLI relies on donations to provide this training, to ensure that our lifeboat crew is as well prepared as they can be to help save lives at sea.”

AN EVENT is being held next week in Bixter to encourage more people on Shetland’s west side to think about becoming a first responder for the ambulance service.

The recruitment evening is scheduled for Wednesday 16 October at 7pm at the Bixter Hall.


A community first responder is a member of the public who volunteers to help with responding to medical emergencies.

The Scottish Ambulance Service provides training in first aid and early intervention.

NAFC student prize winners 2018-19, from left to right: Emma Rochester, John William Laurenson, Magnus Thompson, Magnus Merriman, Alasdair Bendall, Ann Groat. (Not present: Lee Odie, Gari Watson, Aidan Hunter, Danny Arthur, Thorfinn Gray, Jack Tate, Huw Baxter)

FOURTEEN students were awarded prizes on Wednesday at the NAFC Marine Centre’s annual awards.

The awards, spanning a range of subjects including aquaculture, fishing, engineering and navigation, were presented in front of an invited audience by Dr Paul Little, principal and chief executive officer of City of Glasgow College.

The prize-winners were only a few of the more than 1,700 students that enrolled on full or part-time courses at the NAFC Marine Centre in Scalloway over the last academic year – an increase of more than a quarter from the previous year.

Find the full list of prize winners here.

SHETLAND has featured in a list of the best places in Britain to see marine wildlife.

The isles were included in a run-down by boat rental and yacht charter platform Samboat.

The website said you can “very occasionally witness humpback whales” off the coast of Shetland.