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  • The Longhope Lifeboat Disaster

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    On March 17 1969, eight lifeboat crew set out into a storm. They never returned.
    Their home village of Brims in the Orkney Islands, Scotland, is so small that the loss amounted to a third of the population. Seven women were widowed and ten children left fatherless.

    But the community never faltered. Volunteers immediately came forward to make up a new crew, with the full support of the bereaved families. The current Longhope lifeboat is led by Coxswain Kevin Kirkpatrick, who lost his father, uncle and grandfather in the disaster. His son and daughter also volunteer on the crew.

    This film is a tribute to the remarkable people of Longhope. Their story is one of unimaginable loss, but it is also one of inspirational strength. Show less
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    A campaign focused on helping people stay safe at the coast and raising awareness of the lifesaving #FloatToLive skill - if you get into trouble in cold water, fight your instinct to swim hard.
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    • An exercise on the Thames in 360 video - Duration: 95 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 5,750 views
      Join the Tower RNLI crew on an exercise on the Thames, filmed in 360 video.

      On a mobile (Android or iOS 8 and above):
      Play the video full screen and move your phone to change your view

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    • A Shannon class lifeboat trial in rough seas 360 video - Duration: 41 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 5,735 views
      Prior to being put into service, all new lifeboats undergo rigorous testing to ensure they operate as expected when used by our volunteer lifesavers.

      This 360 video footage was taken in Poole Bay ...
    • A Shannon class lifeboat trial 360 video - Duration: 50 seconds.

      • 3 years ago
      • 3,215 views
      Prior to being put into service all new lifeboats undergo rigorous testing to ensure they operate as expected when used by our volunteer lifesavers.

      This 360 video footage was taken in Poole Bay d...
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