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Lifeboats Aka Lifeboatmen (1948)

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Uploaded by Media Archive on 11/19/2016
Launching lifeboat at Walmer in Kent and new type of parachute lifeboat tested on Solent. Walmer, Kent. L/S of church bell ringing. Various shots of lifeboat men collecting their kit and going down to boat on beach. The boat is made ready while the crew help each other into their life jackets. Men lay out logs on beach to make slipway into the sea. The crew board the boat, we see them operating switches and levers. C/U of coxswain Fred Upton. Various shots of boat sliding down beach and into the sea, men run out of its way. Various shots of boat sailing out to sea. The Solent. various L/Ss of an aeroplane releasing a parachute. Attached to the chute is a new type of lifeboat - a dinghy which is unsinkable and self-righting. Note: newspaper article about Walmer crew exists - see accompanying paperwork for details.

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