Britain reminded that the RNLI are absolutely remarkable

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A group of people pile into high seas to save lives every single day, and we’d like you to stop for a moment and think about just how remarkable that really is.

Drowning and deep water are a primal fear of humanity; when faced with raging waves it is instinctive to either panic or flee to safety. The only animal known to run towards dangerous seas is the human, and the only people to do it regularly are those who work on lifeboats.

Recent calls for help from the sea have been of an unprecedented scale; hundreds of people are being rescued from the sea every single day regardless of weather conditions and yet a group of people face an immediate risk of death on every call – not because it is their job, but because they want to.

This is an incredible thing – made all the more incredible because it is so everyday, so unremarkable, that we forget how unusual and how brave it is to take such risks for the sake of others, for little reward beyond sheer professionalism and the recognition of the value of human life.

That’s the remarkable thing that we’d like you to remember.

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That people, faced with such extremes, display a quiet heroism and bravery that is often forgotten in the one-upmanship of outrage, moral superiority and a desperate need for clicks above human decency that social media often presents.

That people, given half a chance, usually turn out to be not just all right, but genuinely good.

The Lifeboat crews intend to recover from the experience of ploughing down a slipway into the waves by having a cup of tea and maybe watching the last ten minutes of the One Show before getting ready to do it again tomorrow.

You can (and probably should) donate the RNLI here