Hunstanton Flyer (Civil Service No. 45) is stationed at Hunstanton, Norfolk and went into service on 25 July 2003. The lifeboat was provided at a cost of £122,000 and is a Griffon 470SAR, developed in conjunction with the RNLI's Technical Department specifically for search and rescue purposes. The hovercraft is 7.75m in length, carries a crew of 3 and has a top speed of 30 knots with a range of 3 hours at maximum speed.
Garry Philpot, IT Test Manager with HM Revenue & Customs says, "I've always been fascinated by boats - when I moved to Southend-on-Sea eight years ago, I was keen to volunteer for the RNLI. These days I'm no longer part of the actual crew because of a knee injury, but I still help out with launching the...