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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Conway (3 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844862178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844862177
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 2.7 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a real quality production … The book is full of superb images, but the portrait work is particularly outstanding --Nautilus International December issue

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Nigel Millard is a lifeboat crewmember and an award-winning international photographer. He is best known for his ongoing commissions for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, for his special issue Royal Mail stamps, and for promoting safety at sea with the Fishing Safety campaign. He has been working with the RNLI now for almost a decade. In 2010 Nigel was awarded the Individual Award for his continued support of the service. Dr Huw Lewis-Jones was Curator at the Scott Polar Research Institute and the NMM and is now an award-winning author. His books include Arctic, Ocean Portraits, In Search of the South Pole, and Mountain Heroes, which won Adventure Book of the Year at the World ITB Awards.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 Feb. 2014
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I am not aware of anywhere other than the British Isles which has allowed a ‘Charity’ to become the official water-borne body for saving lives at sea. That, however, is the situation which exists through the United Kingdom and Ireland and this is the story of the courage and fortitude which goes with the calling of its volunteers - past and present.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) was formed almost 200 years ago. Since then their craft have continuously put to sea - often in the worst possible conditions, before deliberately approaching even more dangerous circumstances of disabled ships being battered by treacherous seas - in order to save lives. A single example from page 150 reads; “….the situation looked impossible. One moment the lifeboat would be on the crest of a wave level with the Bonita’s stern, and the next she would be in a trough, below the propeller.” The Bonita was a stricken ship which had lost all power and where the cargo had shifted. On board were 36 people - including wives and children. In spite of the conditions, the lifeboat still managed to rescue 29 of those on board. Altogether there was only one death - and that from injuries already sustained prior to rescue.

The all-volunteer crews and mostly found from within the local fishing industry where these true men-of-the-sea remain on standby to crew their lifeboat at any time of day or night. When emergencies do occur, they frequently demand these men put to sea in conditions usually regarded as far too dangerous. With an almost indefinable quality of modesty and professional ability, their numbers have included some of the bravest of the brave and even the most decorated within our society. The very nature of their work, however, has also led to tragedies such as Penlee!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. P. Sayle on 14 Jan. 2014
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I'm a volunteer with the Douglas RNLI (Shore line) and this is a wonderful pictorial account of some of the other volunteers I highly recommend this bookm to anyone who would like to see the most dramatic and moving pictures of the Crew and work of the RNLI
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss D E Strawford on 22 Dec. 2013
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Stunning photography and some beautiful stories, told from the heart, of real people dedicating their lives to the RNLI and saving others. I saw this in a boating magazine and preordered it months before it actually came out. Worth the wait!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yellowhammer on 12 Nov. 2013
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A fitting tribute to the dedication, courage and bravery of the RNLI in most perilous circumstances. With no funding from government, it is truly amazing that they achieve what they do in respect of the number of lives saved from the water.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mikie on 20 Dec. 2013
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Very interesting and informative book about the RNLI. Wonderful stories and the sadness of the Penlee Lifeboat tragedy. it details everything you want to know and more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex on 26 Oct. 2013
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The book is wonderful & the photography absolutely brilliant. It's a Christmas present for my grandson. He'll really love it.
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By chris lowe on 30 May 2014
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What a fantastic book recording the brave boys and girls who daily risk their lives saving others from danger the photos show the many different facits of the charity.Buy this book and be inspired to do better in your own life the author shows his knowledge by the quality of subjects thank you to all involved.
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As an ex lifeboat crew member I found it very good. A write-up on my old station was quite small but one of the pictures of a local fundraiser was equal to the value of the book. I will now obtain the rest of the series.
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