Plymouth RNLI lifeboat volunteers helps with the Transat.
Plymouths inshore and all weather lifeboats were at sea today, but not in their usual capacity of saving lives. Coxswain Dave Milford and the volunteer crew had been given the honour of acting as the starting line for the prestigious race.
Single handed yacht racing has been a part of Plymouth since the 1960s. One of the boats in the race today, Pen Duick 2, won the 1964 race. The lifeboat crew gave her bon voyage.
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.