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Gravesend RNLI lifeboat has offically been launched 1,500 times

PUBLISHED: 10:58 12 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:58 12 May 2017

15 years later and 1,500 shouts

15 years later and 1,500 shouts

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Since 2002 the service has rescued 797 people and saved 69 lives

Gravesend RNLI have officially launched their lifeboat 1,500 times.

Gravesend has been home to the RNLI station since January 2, 2002, during which time it has rescued 797 people and saved 69 lives.

A spokesperson from the branch said: “None of this could happen without the legacy left by Olive Laura Deare which funded our first and our current lifeboat and the generous donations from the public.

“Thanks to all of out partner agencies who we work with on the river and along the shore, including Kent Police and Kent Fire and Rescue. Working together, saving lives.

“Thanks for everyone’s support and to many more years serving our communities along the River Thames.”

The lifeboat station and service were set up as a result of recommendation from a Thames safety inquiry conducted by Lord Justice Clarke following the 1989 Marchioness tragedy, where two vessels crashed causing 51 people to drown.

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