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Lifeboat crew pay their respects

His was an act of bravery and sacrifice that has never been forgotten.

Every year the crew of the Swanage Lifeboat pay their respects to coxswain William Brown who died during a rescue back in 1895 - the only Swanage crew member ever to be lost at sea.

This year they were joined by William's last surviving grandchild, Marion Mason from Weymouth. And she had a special donation to give to the present day crew. Martin Dowse has the story.

Cowes lifeboat rescues RIB

A man became stranded in the Solent when he took a RIB from Hamble to Cowes last night.

The craft ran into trouble when it broke down at the mouth of Southampton Water.

Solent Coastguards were alerted to the emergency, where a Cowes RNLI lifeboat was launched at 9.20pm.

The lifeboat discovered the RIB with the only man on board who had lost propulsion through gear box failure.

The craft was then towed to Cowes.

Rescue interrupts funeral

Fishing vessel Royal Sovereign
Fishing vessel Royal Sovereign needed immediate assistance Credit: RNLI

The funeral of a dedicated fundraiser for Eastbourne lifeboats was interrupted this morning when the crew had to rush to an incident off Sovereign Harbour.

St Richard's Church in Langney was full of people paying tributes to Daphne Lake when the lifeboat crew's pagers interrupted the service.

The on-duty crew rushed to help a vessel in Sovereign Harbour when a man onboard suffered a severe allergic reaction.

The casualty was stabilised by paramedics and transferred to the lifeboat where he was taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital.

Later, friends of Daphne said she would have been delighted with the drama at the church, which would have made her day.

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