Launching a boat with a monster rigged tractor straight into the North Sea is all in a day’s work for the fearless men of the Happisburgh Lifeboat Station.
Happisburgh, Norfolk, UK is roughly northeast of London and sits on the shores of the North Sea. If you find yourself in a bad way on the open ocean here, these are the men you want coming after you.
Sit back in awe and watch what comes as second nature to men who have dedicated their lives to doing one thing: saving others in need.
The Royal Naval Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is known as “The Charity That Saves Lives at Sea” and the Happisburgh Lifeboat Station is celebrating 100 years of service.
The RNLI have a number of specially adapted launch tractors and here’s a good look at this one:
— RNLI Happisburgh (@RNLIHappisburgh) February 17, 2016
Can you imagine putting your boat straight into the sea like that? Well if you’re these guys and you have a serious tractor like this one you could!
The HLS Facebook page says that if there is an issue with a launch the “tractor is watertight but no air supply – we have a bog down procedure where driver seals up and leaves tractor until tide drops” and that the “Safety of the driver is paramount and winching may not be viable in the depth of water so when tide drops we can recover tractor to the beach”
All I can say is that when these brave men and their machines are watching the waters of the Atlantic people can rest easy. Cheers to these fearless life savers!