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Launch and recovery excercise of the Dungeness Shannon class lifeboat The Morrell 13-02

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Launch and recovery exercise of the Dungeness Shannon class lifeboat The Morrell 13-02.

At the RNLI, we are committed to using robust evidence to support all of our lifesaving activity.

We use this evidence in a number of ways: from using cutting-edge science to engineer and design our boats to applying innovative social research methods to ensure that we understand our supporters. The diversity of the RNLI’s research, insight and analysis reflects the wide range of work we undertake to save lives at sea.

RNLI researchers and analysts produce in-house analysis, as well as working with experts from academia and the private sector.

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Launch and recovery exercise of the Dungeness Shannon class lifeboat
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