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Baltimore lifeboat save 21 people from the upturned hull of a supermaxi yacht in the 2011 Rolex Fastnet Race. They were only found thanks to a faint light from a torch. ©Nigel Millard/RNLI

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The Seahouses volunteer crew returning through the snow near Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland after a search exercise on the beach. ©Nigel Millard/RNLI

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▶ Impressive: The Newhaven all-weather lifeboat at work during the recent storms on the south coast of England...

The Porthcawl volunteer crew punch through heavy surf in their Atlantic 85, Rose of the Shires. ©Nigel Millard/RNLI

The Alderney Trent class Roy Barker off Les Etacs gannet in unusually kind conditions - the waters here are known to be fiercely difficult. ©Nigel Millard/RNLI

The view from the wheelhouse of the Hoylake all-weather lifeboat as the crew search for a casulaty in the water. ©Nigel Millard/RNLI

An image taken in Mousehole, Cornwall, from Courage on Our Coasts, an exhibition of photographs by lifeboat crew member Nigel Millard which will be at the Old Coastguard Hotel until 4 March when the RNLI marks its 140th anniversary.