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Inside the winter issue
'The cause is individual, national and universal ... The people and vessels of every nation, whether in peace or in war, [are] to be equally objects of the Institution ...'
They are the words of Sir William Hillary, who founded the RNLI in 1824. Imagine the pride he'd feel today if he knew that the institution would go on to save 141,500 lives.
Imagine his astonishment at the thousands of volunteers that raise funds and prevent tragedies in 2017 - and the technology our lifesavers use to keep themselves and other people safe. It all started with someone who could not stand by while people were drowning, because he knew it was preventable.
Today there are people drowning around our own shores who are beyond saving through rescue. So we're doing more than ever to encourage people to respect the water in and around the UK and Ireland.
But globally, drowning is an epidemic. As you'll read in this issue, the RNLI is looking at how to help. Meanwhile, our lifesavers are at the ready to rescue those in trouble. From Greek cargo ship crew members saved 50 years ago, to people rescued in 2016 - the RNLI has been keeping people safe whoever they are, wherever they need us. We can't do that without your kind support.
Former RNLI Chairman
The night of the Nafsiporos rescue
Drifting in a raging storm in the middle of the Irish Sea, the crew of the stricken Greek freighter, Nafsiporos, feared they'd never see their families again. Who had the skill and courage to get to them in time?
Can't wait for your copy of Lifeboat to arrive? Read about the rescue in Magazine - our section of the RNLI website dedicated to telling our stories in greater detail.
The silent epidemic: Tackling the global drowning problem
In too many countries, drowning is the leading killer of children. What can we do to stop this preventable loss of life?
'I don't want to die'
When an overwhelmed boat disappeared under the waves, seven adults and children found themselves in the cold sea. Could RNLI teams reach them in time?
Read more rescue stories in the winter edition of Lifeboat and over at our web magazine.
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