Category Archives: Lifeboats

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution, along with numerous smaller independent teams, provide volunteers to rescue people at sea and at some inland waterways.

BPR 667T County Tractor MB-764 that is used to launch and retrieve the inshore …

BPR 667T County Tractor MB-764 that is used to launch and retrieve the inshore vessel at Hayling Island. This specially adapted tractor can wade in depth of up to 1.5 metres and is waterproof up as high as the roof. The tyres are filled up to three-quarters full with sea water. This helps prevent the tractor from floating in deep water.
The rear view of the cab.
The winch and massive tyres.
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RNLB Fraser Flyer (17-17) is a £880,000 boat that is part of the RNLI’s reserve fleet. It …

RNLB Fraser Flyer (17-17) is a £880,000 boat that is part of the RNLI’s reserve fleet. It takes over at various lifeboat stations when the home vessel is out of service. The ruins of Tynemouth Priory can be seen in the background on this shot.
A closer look at the vessel.
A closer look at the vessel.
Here it tows a stricken vessel back to harbour.
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LK11 GXT Used to launch Queensferry’s inshore rescue boat is this RNLI tractor unit…

LK11 GXT Used to launch Queensferry’s inshore rescue boat is this RNLI tractor unit. The yellow tractor has a special feature whereby the driver’s seat and controls can rotate to face forwards or backwards. This is useful as there isn’t much space to do a u-turn on the slipway. On this shot you can see that the yellow rear registration plate appears to be on the front!
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V7 ADC Here a vehicle used by the Glasgow Humane Society carries one of the rescue …

V7 ADC Here a vehicle used by the Glasgow Humane Society carries one of the rescue craft on its roof rack.
The rear view on a different occasion when it is towing a boat with another rescue boat affixed on top. Different waterways in Greater Glasgow require different craft and can be dangerous especially in the winter months with frozen waterways and floating ice slabs.
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