Saturday, April 05, 2008

More Birthdays

Today the town of Hastings (famous for the battle) in East Sussex celebrates 150 years of RNLI lifeboats. Unlike the US Coastguard, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution is a private charity whose life-saving operations are completely payed for by donations & with some exceptions the crews are all volunteer. Hastings has a beach launched fishing fleet of small boats & between these, swimmers, pleasure craft & the mass of heavy shipping passing through the Strait of Dover the Hastings Lifeboat stays busy.

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