One to watch: A video roundup of 2015

2015: A year in rescues
Over the course of 2015, our lifeboat crews spent over 57,000 hours at sea on over 8,000 launches, whilst our lifeguards responded to over 15,000 incidents. Thanks to their hard work and your support, they saved 442 lives.
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Trapped by the floods
Sebastian and Jacob Holmes, aged 5 and 3, were staying at their grandparents’ remote bungalow the night that the floods hit Cumbria. With the waters rising fast, the boys – as well as their grandparents, their cousin and his pregnant partner – were left stranded on bunk beds and kitchen tops as they frantically waved torches to signal for help.
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From lightsabres to lifesavers
From lightsabres to lifesavers – Star Wars crew donate to the RNLI Valentia
Lucasfilm usually invest money in heroes that are robed, equipped with a lightsabre and on a quest to save the galaxy. However, when the crew finished filming on Skellig Michael, Co Kerry, they donated money to heroes of a different kind – giving €10,000 to the local RNLI crew in Valentia.
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Out on the water: Safety advice from the RNLI
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Free sailing safety events at RNLI College
According to our research, 1 in 8 sailors have fallen overboard at some point while out at sea. Do you know how to cope if it happens to you? Join us at the home of RNLI training for some free, practical advice on how to stay safe if you fall overboard. Courses are available in March, April and May.
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Commercial fishermen – could you afford early retirement?
Between 2011 and 2015, 84 people were seriously injured and 4 people were killed because of deck machinery accidents. We are encouraging skippers and vessel owners to apply for EMFF funding to help replace older, more dangerous deck machinery to stay safe.
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WISC shines bright as first race of the PPWCS

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The 2016 Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series kicked off today, Sunday the 7th February, with the Women in Sailing Challenge (WISC). Hosted by the Sandringham Yacht Club, this first stop of the series saw 18 boats and nearly 100 women hit the start line with the aim of seeing their name forever engraved on the Dorris Little trophy and to build the points profile for the event.

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Wildman Wins Melges 20 Miami Winter Regatta

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Youngster Liam rallies to take his second Miami Winter Series regatta, John Brown’s ‘Blind Squirrel’ wins overall Corinthian crown
Miami, FL – An overnight weather system packing 20-30 knots of westerly winds arrived onto Biscayne Bay providing the Melges 20 fleet at the Miami Winter Series (MWS), Event No. 2 regatta with one final, full-on race that ultimately shaking up the standings and determining the final podium line-up.

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Proba-V eyes Bolivia’s vanishing lake

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Title Proba-V tracks Lake Poopó evaporation
Released 04/02/2016 11:23 am
Copyright ESA/Belspo – produced by VITO
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Monitoring Earth’s surface every day, ESA’s Proba-V minisatellite has had a ringside seat as the second largest lake in Bolivia gradually dried up. Lake Poopó has now been declared fully evaporated.

The three 100-m resolution Proba-V images shown here were acquired on 27 April 2014, 20 July 2015 and 22 January 2016 respectively.

Occupying a depression in the Altiplano mountains, the saline Lake Poopó has in the past spanned an area of 3000 square kilometres – greater than France’s Réunion Island.

But the lake’s shallow nature, with an average depth of just 3 m, coupled with its arid highland surroundings, means that it is very sensitive to fluctuations in climate.
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8 February 2016

Monitoring Earth’s surface every day, ESA’s Proba-V minisatellite has had a ringside seat as the second largest lake in Bolivia gradually dried up. Lake Poopó has now been declared fully evaporated.

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