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Saturday 20 September 2014

Drama on the high seas

Published 01/10/2013 | 05:30

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Kilmore lifeboat

THIS DRAMATIC picture of the Kilmore Quay lifeboat features prominently in a new book and exhibition showcasing striking photos of the lifesaving work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

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From shots of lifeboats battling fierce seas to candid portraits of the charity's dedicated volunteer crew members, lifeguards and fundraisers, 'The Lifeboat: Courage on our Coasts' showcases over 400 iconic images captured through the lens of RNLI lifeboat crew member and award-winning professional photographer Nigel Millard.

Nigel's photos – the result of two years' work – offer a unique insight into the full scope of the RNLI's lifesaving work. To capture the images, Nigel, who volunteers as a crew member at Torbay in Devon, visited RNLI lifeboat stations and lifeguard units around the UK and Ireland.

At each lifeboat station, Nigel carried a pager and was alerted to shouts, along with the local crew, to capture the action first-hand.

'The Lifeboat: Courage on our Coasts', published by Conway, is written by Dr Huw Lewis-Jones.

A selection of striking images from the book also features in a touring exhibition of the same name. The exhibition is freely available to everyone, 24 hours a day, whatever the weather, just like the RNLI itself.

The exhibition is travelling to locations including London, Southampton, Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Dublin and Birmingham.

The book was published yesterday (Monday). It can be pre-ordered and is available direct from the RNLI (www.rnlishop.org) as well as good bookshops.

For those who can't make it to the exhibition, an online version will also be available at

www.rnli.org/courageonourcoasts.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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