Weymouth RNLI lifeboat station 150th Anniversary book launch

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The celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Weymouth RNLI lifeboat station continue with the publishing of a book; 'Weymouth Lifeboats, an illustrated history of 150 years of life-saving' detailing the whole 150 years of Weymouth lifeboat station.

Coxswain Andy Sargent, author Nicholas Leach and LOM Malcolm Wright with some of the volunteer crew at Weymouth

RNLI/Ken Francis

Book launch detailing 150 years of Weymouth lifeboat station

The book launch took place at 10 o'clock on Saturday 4th May at the lifeboat station on Nothe Parade, Weymouth.

The launch of the book took an unexpected turn when, the author Nicholas Leach was at the station signing books and giving a video interview when the lifeboat pagers sounded and the all-weather lifeboat was launched to go to the assistance of a dismasted yacht.

The author Nicholas Leach has a long standing interest in lifeboats and the RNLI. He has written many articles, books and papers on the history of the RNLI, including a comprehensive record of the RNLI lifeboat stations in 1999. He has visited all of the lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland.

Nicholas said that he had been approached about 3 years ago by the lifeboat Coxswain Andy Sargent and asked if he would write the book in time for the stations 150th anniversary celebrations. He said that he was very pleased to take up the challenge and with a lot of hard work managed to meet the deadline.

The book is on sale at the lifeboat station shop for £14

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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 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.

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