A remote controlled lifeboat, designed to reduce the risk to lifeguards, is tested out in Kent.
Herne Bay, Kent.
M/S of a group of lifeguards on the beach on a training exercise. Arthur Jones, the captain of the team, picks up a rope and ties it round his waist before diving into the sea. M/S of the line of people holding the rope over their heads and the man paying out the rope from the reel. M/S of a lady sat in a deck chair watching, a little girl is sat on her knee. M/S as the men pull the rope back in, M/S of the boy at the reel. M/S as they carry the 'victim' onto the shore. L/S of the group stood round a small model boat, Colonel H.J. Taplin, the inventor, is crouching down demonstrating it. Various shots as he points out the mechanisms. This is a radio controlled lifeboat which would eliminate the risk to lifeguards. C/U of a young woman watching the demonstration. Colonel Taplin replaces the top of the boat and walks off. L/S of him sat down with the control panel.
L/S of two of the men carrying the boat into the water. The 'victim' Sue Errey dives into the sea and swims off. M/S of two men sat in deck chairs watching, M/S as the lifeguards attach a dinghy to the boat. M/S as lifeguard Roy Elliot dives into the sea to go and keep the swimmer's head above water. The two men with the lifeboat give the thumbs up. C/U of Colonel Taplin, he flicks a switch on the control panel. M/S as the lifeboat drives off pulling the dinghy. L/S of Colonel Taplin watching, M/S of the boat. L/S of Roy and Sue in the water, the lifeboat sails up to them and stops. M/S as Roy helps Sue into the boat. Various shots as he works the boat via the control panel. Various shots as the boat comes into shore. M/S of the two men as they pull the lifeboat in, the others come to help Sue out.