Yet, as photographer Jack Lowe tours all 238 lifeboat stations to record, for posterity, their contribution, it’s also worth highlighting the charity’s financial predicament.
It has a hole of up to £45m in its finances following a significant downturn in donations last year due to Covid. And, perversely, the demand for staycations means that 2021 is set to be one of the busiest in the RNLI’s proud history.
The genuine ‘fourth emergency service’, its rescue missions, and wider work promoting sea safety, are too important to be left to chance.
Here’s hoping every family visiting the Yorkshire coast this year makes a donation to the RNLI – the collective effort could, after all, be the difference between life and death for those who become stranded out at sea after being caught out by rapidly-changing conditions.
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