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Inside the spring issue
The best thing about this job is the people
While putting Lifeboat magazine together, we get to speak with some incredible people. They all say they're just regular folk, but we know they're achieving extraordinary things.
This spring, we asked our lifesavers to share the moment when 'I can't do it' becomes 'I can'. Sometimes the turnaround is due to teamwork, or training. And sometimes it's as simple as knowing that they're someone's last hope. You can read their stories in this issue.
It was also a treat to chat with TV star Dermot O'Leary, who told us he'd love to join a lifeboat crew but would need a lot of training. That's OK Dermot - most of our volunteers join us with no professional seafaring experience. We're ready when you are. You can do it!
Finally, I know many of you will be pleased to hear that the RNLI's online shop will be back up and running this spring. Thank you for your patience while we worked on improving the service.
The all-new shop.RNLI.org has all your old favourites (like the smart Lifeboats polo shirt I'm wearing here!) with exciting new ranges due to be added soon.
However you choose to support the RNLI, you're making a real difference around the coast. If we're going to halve coastal drowning around the UK and Ireland by 2024, our volunteers need you onboard. Together, we can do it.
Storm drama in the Irish Sea
As a coastal community braces itself for Storm Ophelia, three sailors and eight lifeboat crew get into a race against time.
Can't wait for your copy of Lifeboat to arrive? Read thrilling rescue stories in Magazine - our section of the RNLI website dedicated to telling our stories in greater detail.
Stranded on cliff face
Flamborough RNLI volunteers were called upon when a dare went wrong ...
'I can do this'
RNLI crew around the UK and Ireland are often called heroes for their acts of incredible bravery. But they are as human as the rest of us.
Read more interviews, rescues and features in the spring edition of Lifeboat and over at our web magazine.
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