This is Flying Christine III, the ambulance boat based on Guernsey in the Channel Islands. It has undergone a few different livery changes over the years. It is a lifeline for emergency and routine medical calls between the islands. In Summer 2012 the boat made a special trip to London to be part of the Thames River Pageant as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The side view of the vessel that is operated by Ambulance and Rescue Guernsey. It is 45 feet long and was launched in 1994. It can deal with incident on ships as well as transporting casualties from the land.
The stern view of the boat with the picturesque, colourful buildings of St Peter Port forming the backdrop.
This small boat is used to reach the Flying Christine III from the shore.
This is the Star of Life, an ambulance boat used around the Isles of Scilly off the Cornish coast. It was new in 2003 when it cost £260,000. The boat is vital to transport casualties from the many islands to the only hospital on St. Mary’s.
The Star of Life works alongside Cornwall’s air ambulance. When the air ambulance is not available, due to maintenance or fog for example, the sea-going catamaran boat can transport serious cases to the mainland at Penzance. It can travel the 28 miles at up to 25 knots.
Inside the 36-foot boat is all the normal ambulance equipment including defibrillator, oxygen and pain relieving drugs. It is manned by an emergency medical technician and a coxswain from the South Western Ambulance Service.
The boat has five pairs of folding doors around the vessel that allow the smooth transition of a walking or stretcher casualty from land to sea. The Star of Life replaced the Santa Warna that previously served the Scillonian archipelago.
The vessel at speed in the sea. It is fitted with a blue flashing light to help identify its purpose.