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Southport Offshore Rescue Trust is an independent charity that provides a 24-hour lifesaving service around the Southport coast  
 
 

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Southport Lifeboat

Name: Heather White

Call Sign: Southport Lifeboat

Manufacturer/Model: Halmatic, Arctic 24

Crew: 4

Endurance at max speed: 4hrs

Top Speed: 45 knots

Weather Conditions: Force 7 to 8

Engine: 2 x Mercury 150HP

Electronics: Raymarine E120 and E80 GPS, Radar, Depth Sounder Icom M505 VHF DSC, EPIRB 406 MHz and a Crew Intercom

About: The Heather White was purchased in 2006 after a lot of hard work by the crew and volunteers towards the new lifeboat appeal. It cost over £140,000 in all and was built  in Portsmouth by VT Halmatic. The boat arrived in Southport in April 2007 and finally replaced the old lifeboat (Bessie Worthington) in July of the same year.

The 135hp Mercury engines originally fitted to the boat were replaced in early 2011, for more powerfull 150hp outboards.

As the primary rescue boat at Southport, the lifeboat serves an area from the River Mersey to the River Ribble and up to 25 miles off shore.

The lifeboat can be launched within 10 minutes of the pagers going off, depending on the tide, and is the quickest rescue boat in the local area.

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Southport ILB

Name: Christopher Taylor

Call Sign: Southport ILB

Manufacturer/Model: RNLI IB1 D-Class Lifeboat

 

Crew: 3

Endurance at full speed: 3hrs

Top Speed: 25 knots

Weather Conditions: Force 4 to 5

Engine: Mariner 45HP

Electronics: Garmin VHF and DSC, AIS and GPS

 

About: The vessel was built in 2016 by the RNLI at the Inshore Lifeboat Center in Cowes, Isle of Wight and replaces the old ILB which was nearly 30 years old and had served Southport since 2005.

Built to the same specification as the RNLI D-class lifeboat, Southport ILB is a handy additional facility to cover the Marine Lake, Inshore waters around Southport Pier and as a back up to Southport Lifeboat.


Paid for in half by a grant from the Department of Transport’s Inshore and Inland Rescue Boat Grant Scheme, the remaining funds came from public donations.


The Trustees decided to name the Lifeboat “Christopher Taylor” after a 21 year old Southport man who sadly lost his life in the River Avon, Bath, in January 2014.


Since Christopher’s passing, his mother, Jill, has raised funds to help the Southport Offshore Rescue Trust continue to save lives at sea.

 

 

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