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RNLI Photographic Competition

February 8, 2010
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This is one of the winning photographs in the latest RNLI photographic competition. Poor fella!

What caught my eye was the vulnerability of the guy in the water. Surely it can’t be procedure for the skipper to have his hand on the throttle in such a situation, the crew runs risk of serious injury in a run over. Any comments?

There are loads more fab photos on the RNLI website.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 8, 2010 5:52 pm

    Wow. I wonder if at that exact moment the guy driving even knows he’s lost a man? He’s looking in the other direction. Scary.

  2. racesail permalink*
    February 8, 2010 6:09 pm

    Hi Barbatsea!

    This is an inshore lifeboat launch, probably from a beach. I believe the crew is supposed to be in the water but its all a bit Walter Mitty!

    I’d be interested to have a view from a powerboat instructor?


  3. Martin permalink
    February 9, 2010 7:59 am

    The image is of a beach launch of the RNLI IB1 from the beach at Weston-Super-Mare.
    After the RIB comes off the launching trolley, the helmsman stays at the throttle and the two other crew have to hold the lifeboat, against the breaking surf, until the helm sits the boat between waves, the crew jump in and off they go. The procedure is necessary due to the type of beach/surf combination. All launches carry some degree of risk and you need to be a hardy soul to cope with the battering, but it is a well established, effective procedure.
    The Helm and each crewmember know exactly where each other are and the helm would not have power on the throttle at that point.
    The tide retreats a huge amount at places like this and it is required to have a launch system that will work at any tide state.
    It is a cracking image and shows the teamwork and skill needed by crews.
    Hope this is helpful.

    • racesail permalink*
      February 9, 2010 8:10 am


      Thank you for your comments and clarification. Brave men indeed and suspect these aren’t the worse conditions!

      Very helpful.



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