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Riders of the storm (the story of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution)

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Saving lives from the waters around the coasts of Britain and all Ireland doesn't get any less hazardous. For more than 175 years rescuing sailors from shipwrecks or holidaymakers from small boats has been in the hands of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), which remains a wholly voluntary-funded, non-Government organisation. No matter how sophisticated ships have become storms are as bad as ever and ships, it seems, just as likely to get into difficulties. The lives of crews are still at risk: 1999 saw an average of 18 lifeboat launches daily around Britain and Ireland, with 18 people brought to safety and 3 people saved from death.
Cameron's account puts the story into a political and social perspective, and still thrills with the stirring and often poignant narrative of the rescues themselves.
That crews continue to risk their own lives to save those who haven't always behaved sensibly is part of the lifeboat service ethos. In Cameron's view the quality required by lifeboat crews above all else is courage. Cameron's account is not without criticisms. Yet recently it has shown itself prepared, for instance, to meet social change with women becoming crew members, and to cope with the vast increase in weekend sailing and 'messing about in boats'.
NOTE; the hardback cover has slight rippling at top, other than that book is in as new condition.

Item details

Author(s):
Ian Cameron
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
19.5cm by25cm
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0297607901
ISBN-13:
9780297607908
Number of pages:
256
Publisher:
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Title:
Riders of the storm (the story of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution)

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Saving lives from the waters around the coasts of Britain and all Ireland doesn't get any less hazardous. For more than 175 years rescuing sailors from shipwrecks or holidaymakers from small boats has been in the hands of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), which remains a wholly voluntary-funded, non-Government organisation. No matter how sophisticated ships have become storms are as bad as ever and ships, it seems, just as likely to get into difficulties. The lives of crews are still at risk: 1999 saw an average of 18 lifeboat launches daily around Britain and Ireland, with 18 people brought to safety and 3 people saved from death.
Cameron's account puts the story into a political and social perspective, and still thrills with the stirring and often poignant narrative of the rescues themselves.
That crews continue to risk their own lives to save those who haven't always behaved sensibly is part of the lifeboat service ethos. In Cameron's view the quality required by lifeboat crews above all else is courage. Cameron's account is not without criticisms. Yet recently it has shown itself prepared, for instance, to meet social change with women becoming crew members, and to cope with the vast increase in weekend sailing and 'messing about in boats'.
NOTE; the hardback cover has slight rippling at top, other than that book is in as new condition.

Author(s):
Ian Cameron
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
19.5cm by25cm
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0297607901
ISBN-13:
9780297607908
Number of pages:
256
Publisher:
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Title:
Riders of the storm (the story of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution)

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