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Shore-launched lifeboats are generally seen as as a good thing.
However, they are often needed during storms, where the sea state makes progress difficult, and subjects the crew to a severe battering.
At 20 metres depth, ocean waves don't affect submarines- waves are a surface effect.
are numerous decommissioned nuclear subs around the planet. Why not get some extra use out of them ?
Stripped of weapons, these subs would be spacious, and require much smaller crews - the extra space could prove useful in their new role.
Painted Rescue Orange, the subs will loiter in publicised locations around coasts, on the surface in good weather, submerged in bad weather. A permanently fixed marker buoy provides a base for an antenna for communications.
In an emergency, the sub can move very rapidly to the location irrespective of the sea conditions, then surface and spot the ship in distress by radar or Mk. I eyeball. A rescue boat can then be launched from a caisson on deck, or swimmers can be hauled aboard into the sail.
Victims would be brought aboard for immediate medical assessment and/or treatment, then hot showers, dry clothes, food, drink, and rest in a bunk.
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||//subjects the crew to a severe battering.//
||About the only fun part of being a lifeboatsman,
shirley, is that bit where the boat whizzes down the
ramp and hits the sea?
||That happens just once per rescue, and is fun (and the object of envy). The knee-crunching filling-loosening back-dislocating Thump ... Thump ... Thump of taking it green over the bows goes on for hours, and is not fun. Nor is it envied.
||" A rescue boat can then be launched from a caisson on deck, or swimmers can be hauled aboard into the sail. "
||These submarines have sails? How do they work underwater?
||Rescue Orange? I thought the canonical color for submarines-of-the-
imagination was Yellow...
"All two-hundred-twenty-seven passengers of the stricken ship
[insert tropical word] have been recovered. Downloaded data
confirms passengers affiliated with [insert undesirable
political/social/environmental party]. Awaiting orders. Press
1 to return to shore. Press 2 to linger on site. Press 3 to
proceed below crush depth."
||Edit: Oh, and a bun for your excellent idea [+]
||Didn't somebody just explain the other day what a
submarine's sail is?