A specialised, rescue, water craft is one brief description of a Lifeboat and it is mainly used to attend emergency situations at sea when a stricken Vessel raises the alarm, a Lifeboat can also be adapted for use on Rivers and Lakes. The dedicated Lifeboat Crew put their own lives at risk and are often in imminent danger when trying to help the passengers and crew of a capsizing boat. The fast Rescue Vessel is now often powered by a motor engine unlike in the past when it could have been rowed by hand or had sails, the body of the boat can be rigid, inflatable or a combination of both in design.
Often being lowered into the water by a Davit Crane provided by a professional supplier the Lifeboat can speed off to the rescue of any person or water craft in distress. Fitted with specialist Radar equipment and radios, the Lifeboat also carries medical supplies, food and water for any survivors. The best type of Lifeboat for use when an in-shore rescue is required is the Rigid Hulled Inflatable styled one because it is much less likely to be tipped over by the wind or breakers when picking up a survivor from rocks or the open sea.
Typically Crewed by trained volunteers in England and Ireland, Countries such as America and Canada use an elite team of full time Coastguard Service Personnel who are on stand-by twenty-four hours a day ready to respond to any emergency.