A day in the life of SARA Sharpness Lifeboat Station, UK & their 3 Highfield rescue RIBs. Learn more about Highfield Boats here: www.highfieldboats.com. Check out Steve Harrison at 01:04, a great Friend of RIBs ONLY.
With a surfer in grave danger, Trearddur Bay lifeboat crew had to push themselves and their boat to the limit to save them.
They caught up with the station’s tractor driver and helm to hear their accounts of one of the most challenging rescues they’ve ever faced.
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After monitoring the situation they began cutting and working towards freeing this giant whale. “We had been out in a whale watching tour in the morning and it was very clear to us straight away that something was wrong.
The Humpback was always in the same place, not diving, not lying still, always agitated, when we came closer we saw a buoyancy and the net was visible around the fluke, across the body and inside the mouth” says Freyr.
With a guidance from the members of Emergency Response Team on whales in danger in Iceland, the team began freeing the Humpback. Slowly they got closer and closer getting a grip of the net and step by step cutting one meter away.
“The 10 years experience of working in the whale watching helped me and the team. We were on a 7 meters boat but the whale was 13 meters, so easily the whale could have capsized us. But as we got closer you could feel that the whale was calm and as work progressed it was clear to us that the whale was helping by turning when needed and in these moments you could feel the connection.
All the time as we were almost on top of this gentle giant, just once the whale touched the boat. As seen in the video the whale was very careful when raising its head or fluke around us” says Freyr.
The Humpback whale was spotted at 10:30 in the morning and then it was free from entanglement at 14:30. Great team effort and still it gives warmth in the heart to being able to save one of our dearest Humpback whale.
Special thanks and warm regards to the brave rescue team members Kristján Guðmundsson, Arinbjörn Ingi Guðmundsson, Sólrún Anna Óskarsdóttir and Haukur Arnar Gunnarsson.
RNLI Redcar recently captured some excellent footage of their Atlantic 85 lifeboat, ‘Leicester Challenge III’, in launch and recovery with the Talus MB4H tractor.
The helm would normally reverse the lifeboat into the carriage for recovery, but in rough conditions like those seen here, a ‘net recovery’ is used. The net catches the lifeboat while the crew members place harnesses on the cage so that the boat is not left behind when the tractor moves forward.
The carriage can then be lifted and rotated 180 degrees so that they are ready to relaunch in just minutes.
This year marks 100 years since the first tractor was used to pull a lifeboat, though it took a little while to be fully adopted, with the last horse-drawn lifeboat launching in 1936!