Cornwall’s new fireboat is now in full operation with the mission of keeping people safe in the water.
The Skath An Tanlu, a name chosen by the public meaning fire boat in Cornish, was unveiled during a ceremony held at Custom House Quay, Falmouth. Powered by twin Suzuki 140 bhp engines, the vessel will reach speeds of 37 knots and can carry a crew of six firefighters and two coxswains. It will provide a fire and rescue response to more than 100 houseboats in and around the Falmouth, Penryn and Helford River areas, and it will be available to transfer personnel and equipment during emergency maritime operations.
The Skath An Tanlu will also provide fire and safety cover during busy regattas in the Falmouth area, and it can be called upon by other agencies for use during high profile events anywhere in Cornwall throughout the summer months.