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First rescue June 1st 1979

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The planned marathon row by the Cox brothers of Appledore, reported on the front page of this issue, and the discovery that it will virtually coincide with the first ever rescue by an Appledore lifeboat, prompted research that has brought to light fascinating details.

Lifeboat committee chairman Captain Colin Lowry tells me that the lifeboat - the Volunteer - was the third vessel to be built by the RNLI and would in fact have been the first had her builder not been so slow.  On her first mercy trip she was crewed by William Hurry, Philip Guy, William Drinksmead and Isaac Mathews with Owen Nile, Riordean Smith as Cox'n.

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