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Lifeboat (search and rescue)

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This article is about search and rescue vessels. For other uses of the term Lifeboat, please see Lifeboat.
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A Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue lifeboat.

Organizations with Search and Rescue duties maintain shore-based lifeboats ready to go to sea to search for lost or stranded individuals. The first boats built with rescue in mind were constructed in the mid-eighteenth century.[1] Modern search and rescue lifeboats are self-righting, and equipped with modern navigation technology.


  1. Clayton Evans (2004). Rescue at Sea. Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1591147131. Retrieved on 2009-02-20.