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.

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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HG56 LNY This Land Rover Defender is used by the RNLI to drive …

HG56 LNY This Land Rover Defender is used by the RNLI to drive team members to the nearby lifeboat and to tow smaller craft. It is seen here outside the base in Larne. Notice the additions of a front winch (covered), two spotlights and a tow hook on the front.
The rear view of the Land Rover. It has two further spotlights on the rear and carries no high visibility markings.
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This unusual vehicle is a lifeboat launching tractor …

This unusual vehicle is a lifeboat launching tractor used by SARA. Notice the blue light bar fitted to the rear. Such a vehicle can only be used on private land with the blue light bar fitted. To be used on the roads, it requires an official dispensation to do so by the Secretary of State. Only the RNLI have a blanket exemption for lifeboat launching vehicles with blue flashing lights.
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This vessel is this E-class called Chelsea Pensioner…

This vessel is this E-class called Chelsea Pensioner. It is stationed at Chiswick, one of the busiest lifeboat stations in the UK.
A look at the stern of the Chelsea Pensioner. Notice the ‘RNLI’ wording on the deck so helicopters can identify the boat. It is fitted with two blue flashing lights, a loudspeaker and siren as well as police radios.
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