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This is a link post Please Take 10mins
To watch this and consider that the men and women of the RNLI are volunteers and are on call 365 days a year.

But to have to go out an search for your mates.. It got me at 7:30mins onwards but you need to watch it all.
(, Fri 7 Dec 2012, 10:23, Reply)
This is a normal post Having served in this Institution in my twenties
I click this and will watch later
(, Fri 7 Dec 2012, 10:26, Reply)
This is a normal post Cheers
There's a version with Halo as the sound track which makes it all the more eerie when you know the back story...

www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJ_6q-yuhQE
(, Fri 7 Dec 2012, 10:38, Reply)
This is a normal post And you do all this for free...

(, Fri 7 Dec 2012, 10:34, Reply)
This is a normal post half the time/cost is false alarms, mind...
paying a fair fucking wad of cash to send the boat out to find the "victim" just went for a walk and didn't tell anyone
(, Fri 7 Dec 2012, 10:47, Reply)
This is a normal post Fucking cunts the lot of 'em.

(, Fri 7 Dec 2012, 10:50, Reply)
This is a normal post Unless..
...you're a beach lifeguard. Then you get paid.

Seems a bit backward, but they're on duty full time.

The cox and engineers get paid on the boats too.
(, Sat 8 Dec 2012, 6:48, Reply)
This is a normal post Sorry, not sure I understood you.
Do you mean you're IN this vid from 7:30? Or that you got some dust in your eye at this point in the vid? Powerful stuff, all the same. It's always been one of the collection boxes to which I've given generously (mostly cos I used to get a free sticker).
(, Fri 7 Dec 2012, 10:47, Reply)
This is a normal post No
Not me at 7:30 and no dust in eye but just the personalising of it.
(, Fri 7 Dec 2012, 11:01, Reply)
This is a normal post Ah, right! As you were, sir.
Good vid though. Clicks.
(, Fri 7 Dec 2012, 11:06, Reply)
This is a normal post massive respect to everyone of them!
I couldn't do it
(, Fri 7 Dec 2012, 11:07, Reply)
This is a normal post *applauds*
I donate to the RNLI, they are fucking brilliant, them and the Air ambulance service.
(, Fri 7 Dec 2012, 11:38, Reply)
This is a normal post I see the lifeboat go out far too often, especially in winter.
It really bothers me the number of rubbernecking edutainment-seeking camerawhores you see crowding around and cooing when it leaves or returns.
These guys have just left a warm living room to go out into a dangerous sea where, if they're lucky, they'll rescue someone in significant distress and, if they're unlucky, they'll haul a body in off of the rocks, and you're stood in their way taking pictures? Good one.
Grotesque story spoiler
I heard tell of a guy who assisted in a body recovery after someone fell from a cliff several weeks previously. After hauling in the bloated crumbling corpse, returning, and showering the saltwater out of their hair they headed to the pub for a free pint (as was the tradition - they do get one perk) and this one guy was complaining of still being able to smell the body. About half an hour in he blew his nose and found a tiny chunk of flesh in his tissue...
(, Fri 7 Dec 2012, 12:03, Reply)
This is a normal post I am trying to eat a fucking bacon sandwhich here!
Oooh, poor guy.
(, Fri 7 Dec 2012, 12:11, Reply)
This is a normal post I take shots sometimes of the boat going out.
but my neighbour is the engineer, and I give the shots to RNLI for publicity.

Plus, it just looks amazing to see one of those boats giving it welly though big seas, it's a fair enough thing to take photos of.
(, Sat 8 Dec 2012, 7:02, Reply)
This is a normal post
Why in god's name don't the lifeboat crew carry personal EPIRBs as standard kit? Especially in a small boat in poor weather. They are the same size as a mobile phone and cost even less. I know this was from a few years back, but even so, it isn't exactly new technology.

Glad it had a good ending; they do a very good job.
(, Fri 7 Dec 2012, 14:15, Reply)
This is a normal post Yeah,
This whole story is a little odd - why couldn't they right the IRB? Why didn't they at least have a personal firefly or flare/smoke each, even without an EPIRB? All radio contact lost?
(, Sat 8 Dec 2012, 6:56, Reply)
This is a normal post Thanks for that
- I do quite a bit of sailing, and I've never needed these guys yet, and I hope never to have to call on them.
They do an amazing job, and make a lot of sacrifices for not much reward. Good on 'em.
(, Fri 7 Dec 2012, 17:26, Reply)