Sentry Boats Enters Hollywood – Safety Boat during Filming in Dunkirk

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February 2018 and winter arrives with a bang as Sentry I heads to Dunkirk, France.

As Hollywood enters Amazon Prime, box collections are now the new blockbuster. Filming of Patriot, Season 2, began in Dunkirk during the first week in February.  Sentry Boats were commissioned to provide safety boat cover whilst filming took place off the beaches of Dunkirk. It was very sad to think that so many men lost their lives on these very beaches during World War II.

Typically, production teams planned this so far in advance it was impossible to predict the weather. We were faced with wind-chill temperatures of minus 15C and frequent snow showers.

Sentry I Dunkirk                    Sentry I Dunkirk 2


The dot in the water is the poor actor, Michael Dorman (not a stunt man) – needless to say he wasn’t in the water very long before being recovered. The water temperature was 5C!

Sentry I Dunkirk 3


Although the working conditions were very harsh and cold, the overall job was an absolute pleasure due to the hospitality shown to us whilst in Dunkirk from the locals and the production company – it certainly made our work much easier.



New For 2018! Sentry Boats purchases New Safety Boat


Sentry Boats have added a new vessel to the fleet due to the high safety demands of working on rivers and estuaries – a Pioner polyethylene boat with drop down bow to add to speed with which a casualty can be brought safely aboard without further injury.

Although we offer RIBs as a standard safety boat it is not always the ideal solution.

Sentry Safety Boats have worked in the safety boat industry for many years. We at Sentry recognised a hard boat is sometimes a better option when coming alongside jetties. Generally there are many hazards to mooring a RIB alongside – the very nature of inflatable boats tends to be they deflate very quickly when punctured!! Pioner Multi was seen to be a solution when mooring overnight ready for the early start next day.

The Pioner Multi with the catamaran like hull is more efficient and planes easily offering off the mark speed to rush to incidents quickly with no dramas, minimum wash (a big thing when recovering a casualty), high visibility and a unique bow entry system that can be easily lowered by winch to recover at the bow giving crew and skipper control. The bow can be raised when on transit to shore and lowered to give emergency egress to the shore. The door is wide enough to permit most wheelchairs, which makes loading heavy or bulky items effortless.

Thanks to a soft entry bow and  designed catamaran-like hull, the Pioner Multi has superb sea keeping abilities yet it still gives you a carrying capacity of over one metric tonne!

Many of the UK Emergency services use Pioner Multi hulls for these purposes but it also makes an excellent work boat.

All Sentry boats come with MCA Category codes and Safety Equipment.

UK Rescue Boat Service

Long term Safety Boat hire


Many times Sentry Boats have been asked to quote prices for a specific project. Often the project may only be 2-3 days whilst others may stretch over 2-3 years. Due to this, it is always very hard to quote an exact price. However, some costs can be absorbed within the project price over long-term rental, i.e. travel, logistics of boat movement etc. With this in mind please contact Sentry with your requirements and we can often hire a boat from £100 per day.

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A recent success for Sentry Boats was a contract awarded by Durham County Council for the rejuvenation of Seaham’s North Pier. This project was a partnership between the Environment Agency, Durham County Council, Carillion and Sentry Boats. A two year, £3.4 million project on Seaham’s historic North Pier aimed at protecting the town from flooding and the risk of erosion has now been completed.

Sentry Boats remit was to provide a 10 metre hard boat and a 5.8 metre fast response RIB. Operations were central to the harbour and direct communication to pier staff and management via VHF radio. All staff were issued with floatation devices and emergency response equipment. Although initially this project was seen to be straightforward, whilst only working during summer months, the typical north east weather created extreme working conditions increasing the risks and requirement for a safety boat.

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Jack on Seaham Pier                             Safety Boat Hire Services UK

DSCF0213          Seaham pier