Cold water shock is triggered in water temperatures lower than 15⁰C. The sea temperature around the UK and Ireland is currently around 10⁰C. Would you know what to do if you found yourself unexpectedly in the water #RespectTheWater #RNLI #savinglivesatsea #FloatToLive
73 years prior to the Broughty Ferry disaster, on 9 December 1886, the RNLI suffered what remains its greatest single loss, when 27 volunteers from Southport and @rnli_lythamstannes perished while attempting to rescue the crew of the Mexico. Southport’s Eliza Fernley was the first lifeboat to be launched in response to the Mexico’s distress signals. As the Eliza Fernley reached the stricken vessel, the rough seas and terrible gale capsized her. Only two of the 16 crew survived, Henry Robinson and John Jackson, who had been trapped under the boat after it overturned. They survived by clinging to the keel of the boat and swimming back to shore to raise the alarm. Twenty minutes after the Eliza Fernley was called out, the Laura Janet from St Anne’s was launched. She never reached the Mexico and was found ashore the following morning – the entire crew had been lost. A third lifeboat, the Charles Biggs, was launched on her maiden rescue to assist the crew of the Mexico. The crew rowed for a mile and a half and successfully rescued all 12 of those aboard the Mexico. Pictured is a memorial statue erected in St Anne's in memory of those who were lost #RNLI #courage #bravery #neverforget #Lytham #Southport #StAnnes #volunteers #history #heritage
On this day in 1959, during a fierce storm, Broughty Ferry lifeboat 'Mona' tragically capsized with the loss of all eight crew members on board while going to the aid of the North Carr lightship. It was Ronald Grant's first shout as coxswain. The tragedy was later immortalised in lyrics by the folk singer Peggy Seeger: "The men who leave the land behind and the men who never see land again" #RNLI #BroughtyFerry #sacrifice #neverforgotten #bravery #SavingLivesAtSea #courage
This week is a special one for @unionhallrnli. This time last year they found out their lifeboat station in West Cork was to be formally established after a successful three-year trial.
Everyone in the community had worked incredibly hard to make their dream a reality.
This striking image of the helms was taken by Jack Lowe (@lordlowe) in September 2018, when the station was waiting to hear if they would be made permanent.
The pride and commitment of these determined volunteers shines through.
This picture is just one of many wonderful images that appears in the 2019 Lifeboat Station Project calendar. There are photos of @penleelifeboat @clovellyrnli @themumblesrnli @st_davids_rnli and many more.
If you would like to hang one on your wall, and be inspired by people like the good folk of Union Hall throughout the New Year, pop over to Jack's profile at @lordlowe, where you'll find a link to buy one.
Every calendar sold will help Jack make more historic photographs like this.
#lifeboats #rnli #unionhall #charity #volunteers #SavingLivesAtSea #SAR #LifeboatStationProject #heritage #wetplate #nautical #ambrotype #calendar #calendar2019 #photography
Last week, Angle RNLI celebrated their 150th birthday with a special service to commemorate the anniversary. The station, established in 1868, has been involved in many notable rescues and saved a number of lives. One of the more recent was in 1997 when the lifeboat launched in gale force winds and heavy seas to rescue four people on board a vessel being driven onto a cliff. A Bronze Medal was awarded to the Coxswain that day, Jeremy Richard Rees, in recognition of the high standard of seamanship, courage and leadership shown. #Angle #SavingLivesAtSea #Lifeboats #Rescues #History #Birthday
Happy #StAndrewsDay to all our supporters and volunteers in Scotland. We have 46 lifeboat stations in Scotland with 55 lifeboats and our lifeguards can be found on 7 beaches during the season.
This picture shows our most northern station, Aith on Shetland under the Northern Lights.
#northernlights #rnli 📸 @grahamcampbellphotography
Artist and Aldeburgh RNLI volunteer crew David Gillingwater has combined his passion for creativity and the RNLI by capturing his fellow crew in a collection of oil painting portraits.
Aldeburgh lifeboat volunteers have been keeping people safe around the east coast for over 115 years. To guarantee his generation of lifesavers will always be remembered, David began the painting project.
A very special exhibition is taking place from 22 – 28 November at The Garage Gallery on Aldeburgh Seafront. David said 'There’s something about each painting that I really love – the one I’m working on at the time is the painting I fall in love with most.’
Our modern day female lifesavers have followed in the footsteps of Grace Darling, they are brave, strong, ingenious and dedicated. Ever since the RNLI was set up in 1824, women have saved lives at sea and we know they always will #GraceDarlingWeek #WomenoftheRNLI #Lifesavers #Heroines #Inspiring
In small fishing communities in years gone by, all available men were needed as crew, so women often had to launch the lifeboat, sometimes wading waist-deep into stormy seas. Our dedicated 'lady launchers' gave piggy-backs to the men onto the lifeboat, in order to prevent them from getting wet and themselves suffering from hypothermia before they even reached the casualty vessel.
They would then wait for the boat to come home again and haul her ashore. These women were a tough breed indeed, they had to pull the extremely heavy ‘woods’ made from solid oak into position beneath the lifeboat in order to launch and recover the boat. Women no longer pull out our boats, but they do still launch and recover them. Hoylake crew member, Tracy Davies, became the first woman to qualify to operate the launch and recovery vehicle for the Shannon lifeboat. #GraceDarlingWeek #WomenOfTheRNLI #Lifesavers