Name: Heather White
Call Sign: Southport Lifeboat
Manufacturer/Model: Halmatic, Arctic 24
Endurance at max speed: 4hrs
Top Speed: 44 knots or 50 mph
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.
Call Sign: Southport ILB
Manufacturer/Model: Avon, EA16 D-Class lifeboat
Endurance at full speed: 3hrs
Top Speed: 20 knots or 25 mph
Weather Conditions: Force 4 to 5
Engine: Mercury 40HP
Electronics: Furuno 32 GPS and Icom VHF DS
About: Southport ILB is a D-Class lifeboat purchased from the RNLI in 2005, as back up to the old Southport Lifeboat, the Bessie Worthington.
It's use was limited during the new lifeboat appeal, but it was re-instated as a training vessel in July 2007 and in late 2007 was put on station as an additional rescue aid.
Southport ILB is used as a training boat for exploring the ever changing channels off our coast and in service to cover the Marine Lake and inshore waters.