Originally posted 2016-08-09 11:31:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution was founded in 1824. In addition to establishing lifeboat stations, the RNLI also awarded medals for acts of outstanding bravery in saving life at sea, whether from a lifeboat, another boat or from the shore.
Such an award was made in 1827, when its Silver Medal was given to Alexander Donkin of Cullercoats, who pulled the master of the sloop “James” from the sea. A rescue had initially been attempted by a local boat manned by 9 men but they were driven back from the wreck by the violent seas.