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FREE FALL LIFEBOAT SETS RECORD

Wednesday December 19th, 2012
FREE FALL LIFEBOAT SETS RECORD

A lifeboat has set a new world record after freefalling from a 201ft into water and landing completely safely. The boat is intended for use aboard massive container ships and offshore rigs. The GES50 MK III lifeboat has actually been designed to fall from a height of only 154ft but for the test drop they raised the height considerably to ensure absolute safety.

The 50ft long boat is constructed in such a way that it will always land upright. Its engine is housed in a separate, completely waterproof, compartment. It has a capacity of 70 people and can be boarded in a minute and a half. During the test sandbags weighing 220lbs each were strapped to the seats and the boat was equipped with instruments to monitor G-force levels.

Having successfully passed the final test the lifeboats will now be used around the world. Norsafe, who produced the craft, said they are delighted and have already received orders from the UK, Norway and Australia.
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