GOR Class40 Sec. Hayai dismasts off the Cape of Good Hope

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Sails draped over the foredeck seconds after the dismast on Sec. Hayai – Photo Sec. Hayai

After 14 hours of racing in Leg 2 of the double-handed, Class40 Global Ocean Race 2011-12 (GOR), the Dutch father-and-son team of Nico and Frans Budel dismasted shortly before rounding the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa and entering the Indian Ocean. Both the Budels are uninjured and have returned to Cape Town unassisted with their Class40 Sec. Hayai while plans are already in place to rejoin the GOR.

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Work Begins on Slipway for New Cowes RNLI Lifeboat Station

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Many of the piles are in place for the new slipway. (Credit RNLI)

Date: 28/11/2011

Author: Tim Ash, Divisional Media Relations Manager

Progress towards the new RNLI lifeboat station for Cowes has been ‘ramped up’ this month after builders started work on constructing the new slipway for the crew’s all important rescue missions.

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RNLI Queensferry lifeboat rescues seaman in Force 6 gales

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Date: 26/11/2011

Author: Hamish Campbell, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

At 9.30 am on Saturday (26 November) the RNLI Queensferry lifeboat responded to a six metre RIB, Volante, which had suffered engine failure leaving Port Edgar and, in the powerful wind, was swept on to the tyre barrier.

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Portaferry RNLI lifeboat called to three casualties in Strangford Lough

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Date: 26/11/2011

Author: Portaferry RNLI lifeboat called to three casualties in Strangford Lough, Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

Portaferry RNLI lifeboat volunteers took part in the dramatic rescue of three casualties in stormy seas just off Ballyhornan, in Strangford Lough, Co. Down in a coordinated rescue involving Newcastle RNLI, the South Down Coastguard and the Irish Coastguard helicopter.

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Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat continues search for missing mariners

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Holyhead lifeboat joins Saturday’s search for missing crewmen from the Swanland

Date: 28/11/2011

Author: Isla Reynolds, Public Relations Officer

Volunteers from Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat station launched again at 10.30 am this morning (28 November) to continue the search for five crew men missing after their cargo ship sank in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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