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5o years on Monday 19th December.


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Mon 19th December was the 50th Anniversary of the Penlee lifeboat tragedy when the RNLI lifeboat the Solomon Browne launched from the village of Moushole was lost with all eight crew members and eight members of the coaster the MV Union Star in mountainous seas off the coast of Cornwall, with seas of 50ft waves. This devastating incident overshadowed a remarkable rescue. Less than a week before the Penlee tragedy, on 13 December 1981, the cargo vessel Bonita was overwhelmed by two massive waves and rolled on her side, to remain listing at 45°. St Peter Port's lifeboat Sir William Arnold battled the heavy seas to reach her, and 28 of the 30 on board Bonita - including the families of two crew members - were saved.

 

These men who repeatedly and without pay show no hesitation in answering the call of those in serious trouble at sea in all kinds of weather and do so with little regard for their own safety.

I for one hold every one of them in high esteem.

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