Saturday, 12 July 2008

Lifeboats - in addition to the previous post

Lorenzo reminded me about the Penlee Lifeboat disaster off the coast of Cornwall in 1981 in gale force conditions. 16 lives were lost, 8 from the coaster Union Star, and all 8 crew members of the Penlee Lifeboat, Solomon Browne. You can read the details of what happened here.

There's still a Penlee Lifeboat ready to brave the high seas at a moments notice. The crew are a fun-loving bunch, as you can see from this video. This just proves how courageous these chaps really are!
(Sorry I don't know how to bring a video into my blog, I've tried, but I'm doing something wrong.)


Your EG Tour Guide said...

That video is too funny! Ha, not one of them dropped their helmet, though. ;-)

Kostas said...

Hi Ex-Shammicite,
Very good and current post!.
Marvellous blog, with exceptional photographs and informative comments!
In my current post I have an AWARD for you!!

dennis said...

Dennis thanks you for this story. It's a rainy day and good one for a history buff like Dennis to just relax and read.

Aileni said...

The RNLI has been important to us when we were island dwellers and we always suppoeted them. We even have a cat called RiNLI because his purr sounds like the local lifeboat.
Incidentally, my name is actually Welsh.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I did enjoy reading your post today.

Thanks for visiting my blog today and for leaving a comment there.

Thanks again.

Abraham Lincoln
Brookville, Ohio

tut-tut said...

Shammie: There is only one answer to your video-on-your-blog-dilemma: get a teenager, who embeds in a second it in in a blur of flying fingers.

Congrats on your award (from Kostas, above)!

imac said...

And I wonder how many times you have watched this --haha.great post.

Thanks for your visit to my blog and your comments.
Austria's next post now up

photowannabe said...

Yes they certainly are brave souls. Good post today.

Hilary said...

That gives a whole new meaning to "helmet head!"

Peter said...

Bravo for the brave men! (No women?)

lorenzothellama said...

That was brilliant! Wouldn't mind being rescued by one of them!

Beverly said...

These posts have been so interesting and educational. I knew blogging was more than just entertainment.

Yes, we have rattlesnakes in Florida and water moccasins, coral snakes, and copperheads. A lot of our "wild" country has been developed. A few years ago, in a new development, a toddler was bitten by a rattlesnake in his back yard. Poor baby didn't survivie. I live near town, in a regular neighborhood, and there is often wildlife around...raccoons, possums, owls, and, snakes. I had a large black snake on my front porch one day. I didn't bother him, but this baby rattler had to go. I hope he was lost and that his mother is nowhere around.

Neva said...

I know what you mean about videos in your blog....or music...I just am doing something wrong!!! but a link always works for me as well!

Luke said...

Interesting video!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I cannot see the Video...Something about Adobe Flash Player---Which I have now downloaded 18 times and they tell me it is "installed" Successfully and it isn't!!!!!!!

Very frustrating!

Well, I trust wgat you said about it...I sure wisg I could see it! Grrrrrr.