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A view from the Tractor Driver's seat at Clacton-on-Sea

For a change we bring you a view from the driver's seat of Clacton's big tractor, TW60. Without the skill and dedication of the tractor drivers the lifeboats wouldn't reach the sea. The crew aboard the lifeboat maybe the frontline, but there is normally at least three times the number of crew you may see on the boat back at the the boathouse making sure it launches and recovers safely and efficiently.

Key facts about the RNLI

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.

Learn more about the RNLI

For more information please visit the RNLI website or Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. News releases, videos and photos are available on the News Centre.

Contacting the RNLI - public enquiries

Members of the public may contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9990 (UK) or 1800 991802 (Ireland) or or by email.