British rescuers busy on the water

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is funded by charitable donations and the volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 139,000 lives at sea since 1824.

The boating season is ramping up across the pond just as in the Northeast U.S. and rescue reports are on the rise.

A sailor from survived spending an hour drifting in choppy waters across the Scottish estuary known as Firth of Forth when he fell overboard from his yacht last Sunday afternoon.

The 63-year-old had been alone on his 23-foot vessel, the Puffin, when he found himself in the water shortly after setting off.

Although he was wearing a lifejacket and had a safety line to his yacht, Jim could not manage to get himself back on the boat.

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Meanwhile, the RNLI crew based in Ilfracombe, on the North Devon coast of England, launched an all-weather life boat June 2 to assist people on board a catamaran that had gone aground. There was concern for the vessel and its crew and the damage that might have been done to both on the rocky coast.

Click here for a press release and photo of the sinking sailboat.