RNLI Volunteer’s Memorable Throw Immortalised on Canvas
Fraserburgh Lifeboat volunteer, John May, was intrigued to discover his likeness captured on canvas when a fellow crew member told him he had seen a painting of him on-line.
It definitely proved so for artist Ken Funnel who likes to paint pictures with a strong narrative.
As well as John the RNLI Fraserburgh Lifeboat crew who were on the shout were Coxswain Vic Sutherland, Mechanic Jason Flett, Andrew Lockhart, Lindsay Palmer and Martin Runcie.
Jason Flett operated the mast camera and Martin Runcie operated the helmet mounted camera which captured the great footage featured in the Saving Lives at Sea episode.
The rescue features in Saving Lives, Series 5, Episode 5 and is currently available on BBC iplayer, here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000np57/saving-lives-at-sea-series-5-episode-5
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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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