On this day in 1815, Grace Darling, one of the Victorian era’s most celebrated heroines, was born in Bamburgh, Northumberland. A lighthouse keeper's daughter, she risked her life to help survivors of the stranded steamship Forfarshire when she rowed for over a mile with her father through raging seas to reach them. Her extraordinary act of bravery became internationally known, making front page news and even reaching Queen Victoria.

Both Grace and her father William were awarded medals for their bravery and it is a reminder of how the spirit of lifesaving has run deep within our communities for many years. Despite being busier than ever, our crews continue to show the spirit of Grace Darling as they face the worst conditions to save lives at sea every day.

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