lifeboat

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lifeboat

a boat, propelled by oars or a motor, used for rescuing people at sea, escaping from a sinking ship, etc.

lifeboat

[′līf‚bōt]
(naval architecture)
A small boat hoisted on davits or carried on one of the upper decks of a vessel, which can be quickly lowered into the water in case of an emergency.
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We went with the intention of delivering a pump to help them pump out but all four had abandoned to the liferaft.
When the rescue services' arrived the vessel's crew had abandoned ship and were in the liferaft.
He and his Belgian colleague Philippe took to the inflatable liferaft after their 44ft (13.
The men called Solent Coastguard near Southampton 1,000 miles away when they were in the liferaft because it was the only number they had in their satellite phone.
A Brixham coastguard spokesman said the four crew rescued from the liferaft had been taken to hospital in Plymouth.
The situation deteriorated when the liferaft began to deflate on day four.
Key products within the Survitec Group include marine, defence and aviation liferafts, world leading submarine escape technology, lifejackets for commercial airlines and the offshore industry as well as pilot flight equipment, including anti-g clothing used for the Eurofighter and JSF programmes.
Contract notice: 4000000259 liferafts annual outages.
Around 15 minutes later, the crew of the Swanland Shipping Limited-owned vessel were hit by a wave as they prepared to launch a liferaft.
A spokesman for Bond Air Services, which operates the helicopter, said all passengers and crew are safe in a liferaft waiting to be picked up.
In film issued by the MoD, a crewman can be seen desperately waving from the liferaft as the prince's helicopter picks up its emergency lights.