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Tower lifeboat gets SOS stamp of approval

PUBLISHED: 10:58 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:08 05 October 2010

SOS: Lifeboat crew at Tower Bridge and (inset) appearing on the new stamp

SOS: Lifeboat crew at Tower Bridge and (inset) appearing on the new stamp

THE crew of the Tower Lifeboat appear on a special commemorative souvenir set of postage stamps to mark the 100th anniversary of the SOS distress call. Tower lifeboat station, the busiest in the British Isles, is featured on a limited edition RNLI stamps showing a volunteer crew passing beneath Tower Bridge

THE crew of the Tower Lifeboat appear on a special commemorative souvenir set of postage stamps to mark the 100th anniversary of the 'SOS' distress call.

Tower lifeboat station, the busiest in the British Isles, is featured on a limited edition Royal National Lifeboat Institute stamps showing a volunteer crew onboard their lifeboat as it passes beneath the iconic Tower Bridge.

It's a reminder that tucked away on the riverbank is a service that rescued more than 90 people last year alone from the Thames.

Tower lifeboat station manager Janet Kelley said: "This is the busiest lifeboat station in the British Isles, so it's fitting we're reflected on the souvenir stamps."

Royal Mail has come up with a set of six 'Mayday Rescue' stamps to commemorate the adoption of the worldwide 'SOS' Morse code distress signal which began on July 1, 1908. For each set sold, £4 is donated to the RNLI, which relies on donations.

Tower lifeboat crews carried out 265 launches in 2007 alone and rescued 92 people.

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RNLI online website:www.rnli.org.uk

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