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.

R334 WEC is a Citroen Xantia 1.9 turbo diesel …

R334 WEC is a Citroen Xantia 1.9 turbo diesel estate car used by  Duddon Inshore Rescue, Cumbria. The vehicle is owned by a crew member and has been liveried up at the owner’s expense. It has the call sign of ‘Duddon 16 mobile’.
The rear view of the same car. It carries an interesting light arrangement. The crew are unable to use blue flashing lights. Instead, to increase awareness of the vehicle’s presence, two white strobe lights are mounted on the front grill. These are complimented by flashing lights on the dashboard and on the parcel shelf (red to the rear and white to the front). The car has been admired by the Chief Constable of Cumbria Police.
The striking livery of the car can clearly be seen on this picture. The car is able to carry five crew members and a substantial amount of equipment to an incident. The rescue organisation is a registered charity and is entirely voluntary funded. It welcomes any donations.
The rear three quarters view of the turbo-diesel estate car. The livery is complete with the organisation’s motto of ‘We Exist to Save Lives’.
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This is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s Hovercraft …

This is the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s Hovercraft H-001, named Molly Rayner. It is a six-seater Griffon 470 SAR and is powered by twin Volkswagen / Audi 84 hp diesel engines (driving twin propellers). It can reach speeds of over 30 knots and is fitted with a blue flashing light above the propellers.
A close up look at the front. The craft is named Molly Rayner in honour of the late co-founder of the Bourne End RNLI Branch.
The side and rear view. The hovercraft is suitable for estuaries where there is a large amount of shallow water, making it unsuitable for traditional large RNLI boats.
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This is Humber Rescue’s rescue boat, Olive Hunt…

This is Humber Rescue’s rescue boat, Olive Hunt. It looks similar to an RNLI vessel, but this is a separate small organisation, based directly beneath the Humber Bridge in Kingston upon Hull
A look inside, showing the seating and marine communication and navigation systems.
The rescue boat is fitted with two Honda motors, as well as a blue flashing beacon.
To get the rescue boat the very short journey from the station to the river, a yellow Ford tractor is used. It is fitted with a yellow flashing light bar.
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This photo shows a Relief Arun Class lifeboat on duty …

This photo shows a Relief Arun Class lifeboat on duty at Dover. It is seen exercising with an RAF Helicopter, Callsign RESCUE 125, from RAF Wattisham, Suffolk. The Arun Class lifeboat has a crew of 5 or 6 and can take a doctor out to an incident if the need arises. The top speed of the lifeboat is 18 knots and is 52 ft in length. If it is capsized it can right itself within 5 seconds. This is an All Weather Lifeboat or ALB.
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This photo shows a lifeboat, from Bembridge, …

This photo shows a lifeboat, from Bembridge, Isle of Wight. The boat has has a crew of 2 or 3 and the crew are on their knees all the time they are on the boat, hence the retirement age of 45. The “D-Class” has a top speed of 20 knots and is 16ft in length. The “D-Class” is the most numerous class of lifeboat in the RNLI fleet. These type of lifeboat are sometimes used during floods.
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The Lifeboat and Coastguard services of the UK are often …

The Lifeboat and Coastguard services of the UK are often forgotten when thinking of emergency service vehicles. Above is the off-shore lifeboat based at Amble marina, Northumberland. Note the blue light near the top of the mast.It is 44-005 Margaret Graham, a Waveney class lifeboats which was introduced in 1964. This boat was the last Waveney class lifeboat in service with the RNLI. This type was withdrawn in 1999, and replaced by Severn and Trent class lifeboats but in Ambles case they received a Mersey class lifeboat.
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Here is an strange tractor unit spotted at Seahouses…

Here is an strange tractor unit spotted at Seahouses. Fitted with blue lights, it is used to launch and recover the carriage launched 12m Mersey class lifeboat that is operated at 24 stations nationwide. These tractors are specifically designed for the task of launching and recovering lifeboats. They weight over 19 tons and can pull over 16 tons but in reality it could pull a lot more than this. They are powered by a Caterpillar diesel engine at over 200hp but only have a top speed of about 10mph!
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