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Plymouth RNLI lifeboat volunteers helps with the Transat.

Lifeboats News Release

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.

The singlehanded racing yachts, some of which are capable of speeds over 30 knots,got off to a good start and were soon on their way across the Atlantic to New York. 

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 Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Ireland from 238 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen, Carrybridge and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 240 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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