Royal National Lifeboat Institution

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In 2016  to honour the sacrifices made by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution crew and staff who worked at the Seaham Harbour station between its opening in 1870 and its closure in 1979, another Ray Longsdale stature has been placed in the town down by the harbour and old life boat station.

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On 17th November 1962 the Seaham life boat George Elmy had saved the lives of the fishing boat Economy which had foundered in stormy seas off Dawdon Colliery within 30 yards of Seaham Harbour the lifeboat was capsized by two huge waves. The only survivor of this tragic accident was one of the fishing boat’s crew, who was washed ashore clinging to the propeller shafts of the upturned lifeboat.

 

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