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How did Ipswich Town’s Cole Skuse and Martyn Waghorn get on during training with Aldeburgh RNLI?

PUBLISHED: 18:15 14 September 2017 | UPDATED: 18:17 14 September 2017

Ipswich Town players Cole Skuse and Martyn Waghorn took to the sea during a training exercise with the Aldeburgh RNLI. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Ipswich Town players Cole Skuse and Martyn Waghorn took to the sea during a training exercise with the Aldeburgh RNLI. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Ipswich Town players have paid tribute to the “astonishing” volunteers who save lives at sea – after joining them in a training exercise.

The players and crew members gathered after returning to shore: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe players and crew members gathered after returning to shore: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Cole Skuse and Martyn Waghorn became honorary crew members with the Aldeburgh RNLI today, practising manoeuvres in an all-weather lifeboat.

Cole Skuse boards the lifeboat before setting off on the exercise. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNCole Skuse boards the lifeboat before setting off on the exercise. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The visit heralded a new partnership between the club and RNLI, which will see Saturday’s match against Bolton Wanderers dedicated to the charity and crew member Stephen Osbourne, leading the teams onto the pitch.

The players were given training in tying knots, steering and how to rescue a casualty from the sea. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe players were given training in tying knots, steering and how to rescue a casualty from the sea. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Midfielder Skuse said the training had given him a new appreciation for the volunteers and their “staggering” commitment. “You have to take your hat off to people like that,” he added. “It’s an astonishing thing that they do, really excellent, and if there’s anything we can do to help, then of course we would.”

The training exercise was held in advance of Saturday's game, when the RNLI will be collecting at Portman Road. Pictur: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe training exercise was held in advance of Saturday's game, when the RNLI will be collecting at Portman Road. Pictur: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The players were shown how to steer, tie knots and rescue a buoy representing a casualty overboard – with mixed results.

Coxswain Karl Barber praised his new recruits. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNCoxswain Karl Barber praised his new recruits. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Skuse admitted his own attempts were not great after he ran the buoy over, but his team mate’s efforts were “way better”.

The training was held in the RNLI's all weather lifeboat. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe training was held in the RNLI's all weather lifeboat. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Waghorn, who plays up front for the Blues, said it was a “brilliant experience”. “It’s a lot more difficult than I thought,” he added.

The players were watched by crowds on the beach at Aldeburgh as they set off on the training exercise. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe players were watched by crowds on the beach at Aldeburgh as they set off on the training exercise. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“It’s a real eye opener to see how these guys have to deal with these situations – it must be tough.”

The training exercise lasted around an hour. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe training exercise lasted around an hour. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Coxswain Karl Barber praised his new volunteers and said they would be welcome to join the crew – if manager Mick McCarthy can spare them.

Martyn Waghorn managed to rescue his buoy from the sea. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNMartyn Waghorn managed to rescue his buoy from the sea. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“They didn’t do too badly at all,” he said. “They were good old boys, they listened well and did what they were told.”

The players have paid tribute to the RNLI  volunteers after gaining an insight into their work. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe players have paid tribute to the RNLI volunteers after gaining an insight into their work. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Town will be returning the hospitality on Saturday, when the charity’s collectors will be at Portman Road raising funds to help the crews and their work.

Ben Long, community fundraising manager, said he was “thrilled” to have been invited.

“The team approached us earlier this year and said they are all admirers of the lifesaving work the RNLI does, and they would like to support us in some way,” he added.

“We’re very lucky to have been invited to have collectors at the ground on Saturday, but there’ll be a lot more than just our volunteers carrying donation buckets. One of our D-class inshore lifeboats will be available for people to see and take photographs with, and our mascot, Stormy Stan, will entertain children and pose for photos.”

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