Rescuers have a new high-tech response vehicle which will help them to save lives.

West Bay Coastguard Rescue Team has a new Mitsubishi L200 in the new colours and livery of the 999 service.

It was delivered as part of national vehicle rollout.

The vehicle has up-to-date warning lights, sirens and radios, a twin battery system and exterior lighting, as well as a sliding racking system in the back allowing quick and easy access to equipment.

Mains battery charging means the vehicle is always ready to go and the larger cabin gives the officers much more room.

The vehicle replaces the team's Nissan Navarra rescue vehicle which has been withdrawn after "sixteen years of valiant service".

A spokesman for the team said: "Delivered to us in 2003, it spent well over a decade transporting its cargo of officers and equipment on countless rescue missions, no doubt saving many lives along the way.

"While it was older in body, it was young at heart and with only 12,000 miles on the clock and twice yearly maintenance, we know it will make someone an excellent works vehicle.

"It goes now to have its lights, sirens and logos removed ready for the next stage of its life.

"Goodbye old girl and we hope you enjoy your retirement."

The spokesman said of the new vehicle: "We know it will serve us and the community very well. Please do give us a wave if you see us out and about."