#rnli – Thanks to the generosity of local man Willie Gregg, Portrush Lifeboat has now been fitted with and Automatic Identification System (AIS).
The AIS is an automatic tracking system used on ships to enable them to be identified and located by electronically exchanging data with other ships and AIS Base stations. The information supplements marine radar which is the primary method of collision avoidance for water transport.
The exciting thing about the AIS is that it will allow the Coastguard, family and friends of the Lifeboats to track the progress and to see exactly where the boat is when out on a shout.
Robin Cardwell Lifeboat Operations manager for the station said;-
'This is an exciting step forward in technology for Portrush Station and the RNLI. AIS means that we can track the Lifeboat from the shore and know where they are when they are at sea. This is also an important step in sea safety and will enhance the safety features of the Lifeboats.
We are indebted to Willie for fundraising for this important piece of equipment and would like to thank him on behalf of the crew'
Willie whose brother Kerry used to be Deputy Coxswain on the Lifeboat attended the crew meeting on Monday night to hand over the AIS to Cox des Austin and Lifeboat crew members.