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ABOUT OUR BOATS & EQUIPMENT

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LION HEART

The true work horse and ever dependable Lion Heart is Sea Palling’s Inshore Life Boat (ILB). Commissioned in December 2011, the 5.7 metre Humber Ocean Pro RIB was recently upgraded with a 115 hp 4 Stroke outboard engine, which allows a top speed in excess of 35 knots.

This rigid inflatable boat is operated by three people; The helm is focused on controlling the craft, No. 2 is focused on all communications and navigation while the No. 3 is focused on finding and aiding casualties.

The ILB is launched and recovered from a dedicated trailer and Boat Recovery Vehicle. This customised equipment allows the boat to be towed to the suitable launch site, pushed into the water and launch quickly and safely.

Renowned for outstanding sea keeping capabilities the Ocean Pro selected by SPILB has proven itself flexible for all types of search and rescue situations at sea. This model is the preferred choice for many other professional organisations including Commercial, Rescue and Government.

The ILB carries a wide range of life saving equipment including; an extensive first aid kit, floating stretcher, survivor’s lifejackets, throw lines, flares, searchlights, silver blankets and towing bridle.

Carrying up to 90l of fuel, the ILB has an effective endurance of over 3 hours.

Powerful VHS (very high frequency) Radios enable the ILB to maintain clear communication with the Coastguard, casualties, our station and other Lifeboats over long distances. In addition modern electronic aids including GPS and Depth Sounder are equipped.

All crew members continually train on Lion Heart to keep their skills sharp for any situation.

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BOAT RECOVERY VEHICLE

Sea Palling’s new Boat Recovery Vehicle (BRV) was commissioned in the summer of 2016 after the previous BRV became beyond economical repair. Based on a site dump truck, the BRV was highly modified to enable it to perform the vital task of launching the ILB. Equipped with a hydraulic lifting and extending boom, the BRV is able to place the ILB in the sea without becoming fully submerged. The BRV has also been extensively marinised to extend the life of this critical piece of equipment.

 

BRV crew carry VHF radio to maintain communication with the boat and our station. All crew are trained in the use of the BRV so who ever responds to a shout, the crew can always launch.

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HELP US TO KEEP THIS VITAL SERVICE AT SEA PALLING