madclarinet (madclarinet) wrote,


This weekend (17th March actually) there is going to be a ceremony marking the centenary of the biggest rescue made by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. Over a period of 16 hours the volunteer crews rescued 456 passengers, including 70 babies when the SS Suevic hit Maenheere Reef, near the Lizard, in dense fog and a strong gale. Now, please note that crews from Lizard, Cadgwith, Coverack and Porthleven rowed out - no engines at that time.

The RNLI is a charity which relies on donations and provides lifesaving around the United Kingdom and Ireland. Most of the people are all volunteers who, when needed, rush to the boats and dash out into the unknown.

RNLI Website
Wikipedia Entry

Now, I couldn't not leave without finding a couple of videos of the bigger boats being launched. Although both are actually exercise launches.
The new Tamar on Trial launch
Douglas RNLI Lifeboat Launch

not bad eh?
Tags: rnli
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