Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)
In 2019, Ford won a large contract with the RNLI to provide a large number of Rangers for lifeguard use.
This small rescue craft enables a lifeguard to move through water at 20 km/h to rescue casualties. The TFT display on the dashboard tells the rider all of the important figures like speed, depth and battery power. It is fitted with two water jets for propulsions that are battery powered (the battery lasts approximately 60 minutes). It can be used on water and under water with a maximum operating depth of an incredible 40 metres. It can tow up to 10 people in the water for mass rescues.
This is Rescue Water Craft 15 (RWC-015), part of the RNLI’s beach lifeguard service.
A closer look at the side of the craft.
Here a demonstration shows how the float at the rear is sued to carry people back to shore.
A rear look at the float that is covered in handles to help people pull themselves onto it.
J25190 This Mitsubishi L200 is used on the beaches of Jersey by the RNLI as a lifeguard vehicle.
The car tows this jetski that is used to reach swimmers or surfers in trouble. The yellow float attached to the rear is for rescuees to pull themselves onto for a lift back to land.
The rear view as the car surveys the sea. As the tide ebbs and flows, the car moves to stay near the water’s edge.
In this shot, the same L200 demonstrates its 4×4 capabilities by driving through shallow water to the bemusement of two surfers.
HD04 XZT On some busy beaches the RNLI operate lifeguards in the summer months. This white pick-up is used at Falmouth for beach patrols. It is fitted with amber flashing lights and a loudspeaker system to make announcements to the public. A rescue surf board can also be seen on the roof.
FH03 ERY is a Lifeguard Toyota Hi-Lux D4D, used at Filey near Scarborough. It is fitted with orange flashing beacons and a Tannoy. The Hi-Lux’s of-road capabilities mean that this vehicle is highly suited to driving on wet or dry sand, and well as on slippery inclines. [inset: rear view]