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Evocative portrait of Newcastle lifeboatman in travelling exhibition


A striking photograph of an RNLI volunteer's life-saving work has been caught on camera for an outdoor exhibition.

Joe Leneghan of Newcastle RNLI features in the collection of over 50 images that give an intimate and up-close experience of sea-faring unsung heroes across the UK and Ireland.

The inspiring outdoor photography display, at Grand Canal Square in Dublin City, was captured by lifeboat volunteer and award-winning photographer Nigel Millard.

Crew members from Newcastle lifeboat were on hand to help launch the exhibition recently when the Co Down rescue vessel called in during a passage to Wales.

Second Coxswain William Chambers, mechanic Aidan Riley, plus crewmen Niall McMurray, Damien King and Alan Jones brought the boat into Dublin port and members of the public were able to view their Mersey class boat, the Eleanor and Bryant Girling.

Nigel MIllard said he hopes the images will give people a better understanding of the RNLI's life-saving work.

"My favourite photo is a casualty's eye view. I've been on man overboard on exercises. Once in the water, you see nothing. Then just a tiny bit of orange, and it's not the sun, it's a lifeboat. It epitomises the work I do, and the work of the RNLI," he said.

Nigel's photos – the result of two years' work – offer a unique insight into the full scope of RNLI's life-saving work.

To capture the images, Nigel, who volunteers as a crew member at Torbay in Devon, carried a pager to ensure he was alerted to call-outs as he visited stations around the UK. It meant the intrepid lensman could be at the scene of some of the most dangerous and life-threatening water disasters with local crews.

Over the course of seven months, the exhibition will appear in London, Southampton, Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Birmingham.

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