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"Modest heroes"

"A flash of lightning pierces the darkness. The rain is torrential; the scream of helicopter blades drowns out thought. A searchlight picks out a man being lowered on a winch to an inflatable life raft drifting on the swell. Reaching his target he slips a harness over the head of the first crew member he will rescue; . . ."

Saluting the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
Founded 184 years ago, the RNLI is supported entirely by private individuals and by the brave volunteers who launch lifeboats to save men, women and children in distress on the sea around Britain and Ireland.

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