View of Mission Operations Control Room During the Apollo 13 Mission

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Failure Is Not An Option

Gene Kranz (foreground, back to camera), an Apollo 13 Flight Director, watches Apollo 13 astronaut and lunar module pilot Fred Haise onscreen in the Mission Operations Control Room, during the mission’s fourth television transmission on the evening of April 13, 1970. Shortly after the transmission, an explosion occurred that ended any hope of a lunar landing and jeopardized the lives of the crew.

Image Credit: NASA

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Portaferry RNLI lifeboat called as fishing vessel capsizes

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Date: 27/09/2011

Author: Beni Benstead, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

Portaferry RNLI lifeboat volunteers were requested to launch by the Coastguard yesterday afternoon (Monday 26 September) as the crew of a stricken fishing vessel had launched distress flares and set off their emergency distress beacon while their vessel sank just off Ardglass in Strangford Lough, County Down.

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Looe RNLI rescues submerged speedboat

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The Atlantic lifeboat brings the speedboat back into Looe harbour (Credit RNLI)

Date: 26/09/2011

Author: Emma Haines, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer
The Atlantic lifeboat brings the speedboat back into Looe harbour (Credit RNLI)

Looe’s two lifeboats were launched at 3pm on Sunday afternoon to reports of a speedboat sinking near the island.

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Wick RNLI lifeboat aids tug

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Tug ‘Inge’ under tow (Credit RNLI)

Date: 24/09/2011

Author: Bruce Tait, Lifeboat Operations Manager

Wick RNLI lifeboat Roy Barker 2 was called out Saturday 24 September, to go to the aid of the 24 metre tug ‘Inge’ which had called Aberdeen Coastguard to request assistance, as she was drifting without power off Duncansbay Head.

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Workington RNLI carry out international rescue

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Date: 23/09/2011

Author: Steve Atkinson, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

A Hungarian yachtsman ran aground off Flimby in Cumbria after running out of fuel on Thursday 22 September. A member of the public saw what was happening and called the coastguard who alerted the RNLI and Workington relief lifeboat The Lord Saltoun was launched in response to the call.

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Devon’s RNLI lifeguards continue patrols into October

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RNLI lifeguard with rescue board (Credit RNLI/Sam Orchard)

Date: 23/09/2011

Author: Amy Caldwell, Lifeguard Press Officer

RNLI lifeguards patrolling three of the busiest beaches* in Devon will continue to provide safety cover into October. The charity is urging people wanting to use the water to visit one of these beaches and take note of the safety advice as the season draws to a close.

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Salcombe RNLI tow fishing vessel to safety

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SE67 under tow (Credit RNLI)

Date: 23/09/2011

Author: Daniel Ashton, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

On 23rd September 2011 at 7.32 AM, the Salcombe All Weather lifeboat,Baltic Exchange III launched with 5 volunteer crew on board. She was tasked by Brixham Coast Guard to locate the broken down fishing vessel SE67.

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