Hamilton Jet Rescue | Blue Arrow Rescue | Southern Trust Rescue

Custom Designed Twin-Jet Lifeboat

Blue Arrow Rescue is the jewel in the crown of Sumner Lifeboat Institution.

Hamilton Jet Rescue
Blue Arrow Rescue

Custom designed for near and long range operations day or night, it has proved its worth and is now the basis for a new class of lifeboat – known as the Sumner Class.

With a high prow and fore deck, together with a large, low winch and boarding platform at the stern, Blue Arrow Rescue can deal with a wide range of rescue situations.

It has been involved in search and rescue missions covering everything from close-work near rocky cliff faces, inshore surf to offshore night operations.

Blue Arrow Rescue's helming station
Blue Arrow Rescue’s helming station (Photo: Endeavour Media & Photographics)

It is packed with technology, much of it from HamiltonJet. Control is via twin HamiltonJet HJ322 waterjets controlled by the unique HamiltonJet blueARROW control system.

This system provides very quick helm response when operating in surf or large sea states.

All throttles and ducts can be controlled either via traditional levers or using the electronic MouseBoat controller – ideal for close-quarters manoeuvring such as in a rescue pickup.

To learn more about Blue Arrow Rescue’s origins, view our five minute video. It includes footage of earlier lifeboats, the build process and the official launching of Blue Arrow Rescue in 2010.

Vital Statistics

Length (LOA): 12.45m

Beam: 3.75m

Draught: 0.6m

Construction: aluminium

Speed: 35 knots (normal service)

Waterjets: twin HamiltonJet HJ322

Engines: twin MegaTech MB926PE diesels, 373kW (500hp) @ 2800rpm