Bridlington, a blustery afternoon, we had been photographing in the relative ‘calm’ of the harbour, when we suddenly heard a couple of very loud bangs. Fireworks? During daylight? On a normal weekday? Anyway, we rushed to our car where Pica, our Border Collie was, knowing how nervous this would make him. We’d parked on the promenade, and that’s where we saw the commotion, people running and appearing from everywhere.
The whole scenario deployed in front of our eyes, the men, pulling on their yellow oilskins whilst on the move, the tractor that would pull the boat into the sea already waiting, the sky filled with screeching seagulls. It was eerie.
You feel a chill in your bones, you see the turbulunt sea, you hope and pray that all will go well and they will return safely.
We never found out what happened...

About The Royal National Lifeboat Institution, an interesting and FUN read!
The RNLI is a charity that provides a 24-hour lifesaving service around the UK and Republic of Ireland.
The volunteer crews give up their time and comfort to carry out rescues in difficult and often dangerous conditions.
Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboats have saved more than 137,000 lives.
The direct cost of launching a lifeboat is relatively small since the crew receives a few pounds expenses for a call out and the only other cost is the fuel. What keeps the costs up are the stores, station and boat maintenance and the other costs involved. There are exercises, training sessions and the relief fleet of 130 boats nation-wide these all add bit by bit to those costs. Anyone who has owned a boat will tell you that sometimes the cheapest part of the operation is the buying of the boat, after that there is always something which needs paying for. A lifeboat can seem to do nothing for weeks and then there is a flurry of activity and it earns every penny of its costs. The coxswain is in charge of the facility and is responsible for directing the safe navigation of the boat, the activities of the crew, and the performance of the missions. Skills of a qualified coxswain include navigation, piloting, boat handling, communication, search planning, and emergency procedures The men and women volunteer crews can be anyone (the butcher, the baker) and encounters with them have been known to suggest that they are very rude people. There is little which is more disconcerting than talking to someone who, in mid conversation, suddenly runs away from you.Don't worry they've probably just had a 'shout' by the maroon (a type of rocket) which would go off with an almighty bang and everyone knew what that meant: they are needed for the lifeboat; there are people in danger at sea!

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