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Inside the spring issue
Our supporters, volunteers and lifesavers all seem to have a favourite bit of coastline that means something to them - what's yours?
Whether it's a remote, rugged shoreline or gentle seaside spot, there's a desire to visit it, celebrate it, protect it - and to make it safer. That's certainly the case with the people we meet this issue.
In our rescue section, you'll hear from a swimmer at Skerries and a sailor at Kinghorn who each set out to enjoy the coast but needed the help of our lifesavers. We also meet supporters who find time in their own busy lives to raise funds and awareness. In fact, one of them might just inspire you to get out the paintbrush and capture your favourite coastal scene on canvas.
Plus we speak to crew members from around our coasts who needed a new all-weather lifeboat - with a launch method that can handle their challenging local shore conditions. Thanks to generous donations, they got in the form of the Shannon class.
Now the warmer weather will bring more people down to the sea, and lifeboat crews are teaming up with lifeguards and community safety experts to make our shores safe all round. They can only do that with the support that you so generously give.
Legend has it that carrying acorns will bring you good luck and longevity. At Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station, it's a belief that has been rooted for 117 years. Why? Because for our lifeboatman, the legend came true.
Can't wait for your copy of Lifeboat to arrive? Read about the acorns in Magazine - our section of the RNLI website dedicated to telling our stories in greater detail.
Many happy returns
More and more crews have been getting to grips with our most advanced all-weather lifeboat yet. So, as we celebrate 3 years since the first Shannon class launched, what's the verdict?
The RNLI and me: Ant Middleton
The former soldier, now frontman for gritty on-screen challenges such as SAS: Who Dares Wins, explains why he thinks of the RNLI as a special force.
Read more interviews, rescues and features in the spring edition of Lifeboat and over at our web magazine.
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