Norwegian company Norsafe drops 50ft lifeboat from 61.53 metres

Norwegian company Norsafe has broken the record for the highest lifeboat freefall, dropping its new GES50 MKIII lifeboat from 61.53 metres.

The record was set in late September in Arendal, and snatches the world title away from fellow Norwegians Schat-Harding, who dropped a lifeboat from 60 metres in August.

“Norsafe’s purpose is not to set records in freefall drops of lifesaving equipment,” said Norsafe AS CEO Geir Skaala.

“The essence of our products, however, is to save lives. Quality and trust is the foundation of our existence. It is therefore crucial to us that our customers have the safest and most secure lifesaving equipment available in a situation where another evacuation is not possible.”

The 50ft GES50 MKIII lifeboat has a capacity for 70 people each weighing 100kg, and will primarily be used in the commercial shipping sector.

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