LADY FRANCES II
SOUTHERN TRUST RESCUE
HAMILTON JET RESCUE
Sumner Lifeboat Institution Inc. is a volunteer maritime search & rescue organisation operating at the seaside suburb of Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand. Rescues using ‘dedicated’ lifeboats began in 1898, continuing to this day.
Sumner Class Documentary Trailer
Watch the 5 minute trailer for the up coming Prologue documentary ‘Sumner Class – A Lifeboat Story. Blue Arrow Rescue stars in this story of Sumner Lifeboat, its history and present operational ability, the need to replace its 35 year old Thames Class vessel, fund raising, the design and build process and technology for the new world class “Sumner Class” Blue Arrow Rescue lifeboat, sea trials, dedication and launch.
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Sumner Lifeboat was:
Instrumental in establishing several similar units in other parts of New Zealand;
A founding member of the Royal New Zealand Coastguard Federation (RNZCF) in 1976;
A foundation member of Coastguard Southern Region established in 2003.
Lifeboats owned and operated include:
- 3.8m 30hp outboard Arancia IRB – LADY FRANCES II
- Yamaha FX160 Waverunner and is powered by a four cylinder 4 stroke 160hp 20 valve 1052cc engine. It has been fitted with a sled which enables it to be used in quick efficient rescue situations within the surf zone. – SOUTHERN TRUST RESCUE
- 5.8m surf rescue boat custom designed by Richard McBride and purpose built in Christchurch by Hamilton Marine. The boat is powered by a 5.7 litre Marine Power Jetpac multipoint fuel injected V8 driving a Hamilton Jet HJ213 water jet. – HAMILTON JET RESCUE
Comprehensive training courses are provided to the public with a focus on Boating Education, and on Maritime Search & Rescue. For more infomation on training courses click here.
Sumner Lifeboat Station is located at 2 Scarborough Road, Sumner. The ‘Thames’ class lifeboat lies afloat at Port Lyttelton.