Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB)

LBTBP has established a number of programs relating to its primary goal of protecting the beaches. These programs help to distinguish LBTBP from other beach patrols.

IRB Design

The IRB has an inflatable collar and a rigid hull. The boat is equipped with a motor, and is operated by a driver and a crewman. Both the driver and the crewman must have good ocean knowledge and boating skills.
The boat is equipped with a variety of equipment, including immersible radios, rescue tubes, throwing lines, and pocket masks. It also has emergency equipment such as paddles and righting lines (in case the engine dies or the boat flips).

IRB Purpose
The IRB is utilized for setting up race courses for competitions, for operating the IRBs during competitions, and for assisting the PWC rescue team when necessary. To be a member of the IRB program, guards must have at least two full years of working experience for LBTBP, and be profficient paddlers and rowers.

IRB Rescues
When backing up swimming rescues, the IRB will pull directly up to the victim if it is safe to do so. If not, the crewman will dive into the water with a rescue tube and swim in toward the victim as the guard from the beach swims out.
In most other rescue situations requiring an IRB, such as a mass rescue, one or more guards will first reach the victims and stabilize them with a can, paddleboard or surfboat. They will then wait for the IRB to arrive, and the IRB will be used to transport the victims back to the beach. PWCs/IRBs are often called to deal with uncooperative beach patrons in the water, such as surfers, windsurfers, and personal watercraft users.  PWCS/IRBs are also used to chase away boaters that are coming dangerously close to the swimming area.

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