RNLI Lifeboat Brawn Challenge, based at Westminster, LondonShare Follow
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.
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.
Michael and Jane Vernon is the Severn-Class lifeboat based at Lerwick, the capital of the Shetland Islands. It has been in service at the station since 1997 and carries a small Y-class inflatable.
The rear view of the 17m long lifeboat. Its two 1200 hp engines can propel it up to 25 knots.
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!
L784 JNT A Talus MB-H launching tractor. It is used to launch and retrieve the RNLI’s Mersey Class lifeboat in Seahouses, Northumberland. It can drive into water up to 5 feet deep (1.5m) using a joystick control. It replaced a similar B-registration vehicle that can be seen elsewhere on this site.
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.
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.
This lifeboat in the RNLB The Whiteheads which is a Mersey Class vessel based at St. Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly. It has a range of 250 nautical miles.
The stern view of the life-saving craft, showing the lightweight crane to launch and recover a small Y-boat.
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.