Eight innovations that help save lives at sea: RNLI celebrates 190th birthday today

Falmouth Packet: Eight innovations that help save lives at sea: RNLI celebrates 190th birthday today Eight innovations that help save lives at sea: RNLI celebrates 190th birthday today

To celebrate the RNLI's 190th birthday today, RNLI Online Editor Mairéad Dwane shares eight notable RNLI innovations that have helped those in peril on the sea.

1/ RNLI crews were among the first seafarers to wear lifejackets, developed from Cork by RNLI inspector John Ward. Picture from 1854.

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2/ RNLI supporters in Manchester pull off Britain's first ever charity street collection.

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3/ 1899. Unable to launch locally, the indomitable people of Lynmouth drag their lifeboat 11 miles to rescue in a gale.

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4/ 1963. The RNLI introduce small inflatable lifeboats to cope with the growing number of incidents closer to shore.

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5/ 2000. The RNLI go global, helping flood victims in Mozambique and training local people in rescue techniques.

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6/ 2004 The RNLI College, a state-of-the-art training centre complete with wave tank and mission simulator opens.

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7/ 2013 The #SaveWave campaign uses social media to reach 1.8M people with RNLI rescue stories.

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8/ 2014 The waterjet-propelled, self-righting, RNLI-designed and developed Shannon class lifeboat zooms on to her first station at Dungeness.

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