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  • Selfless act saves stranded sailor

    While fishing, Mudeford Helm Pete Dadds witnessed a lone sailor being thrown from his yacht.

    Quick-thinking Pete had to ram the yacht away to save the sailor from its propeller. Then entered the water to keep the sailor conscious and afloat.

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    Mudeford crew members boarding Helm Pete Dadds’ fishing boat after Pete saved a stranded sailor
  • 11-hour shout for Courtmacsherry

    Sunday 16 November was definitely not a day of rest for our Courtmacsherry lifeboat volunteers.

    They went to the rescue of five fishermen who had got into difficulty 35 miles off the coast, spending an epic 11 hours at sea.

    About the rescue
    Courtmacsherry lifeboat volunteers after their epic 11-hour shout
  • Cold, tired and disorientated

    Concerned for the safety of their four-legged friend, a dog owner did the right thing and called on Queensferry lifeboat crew.

    They found the exhausted black Labrador about half a mile from shore and reunited her with her thankful owner.

    Queensferry lifeboat crew rescue an exhausted dog from the sea
Selfless act saves stranded sailor
See the crew’s rescue footage

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Wreath laying from Whitby RNLI lifeboat at site of Rohilla wreck

01 November 2014

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