‘Nothing but respect!’ RNLI receive outpour of support for ‘heroic’ Channel rescue efforts

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has rescued dozens of migrants and brought them to the safety of the shore of Kent for years. Dozens of migrants were brought to the safety of Dungeness shores on Wednesday, hours after 27 died trying to make the same journey to the UK from across the Channel in France. Social media has been ablaze with those who have been praising the hard work of the rescuers.

Twitter user @MacDermidKS said: “Please never apologise and please never stop. Every life is equal and deserves the same dignity.”

One Twitter user named @SgtArthurWilson said: “Thank you for your work. The day we begin to pick and choose who’s lives are worthy to be saved us the day mankind and humanity is doomed.

“Keep doing what you do and ignore those who would have you leave desperate people to the mercy of the sea..”

Twitter user @MCSaint: “Fully support you. To be abused for saving lives sums up where some people are with their obsession about immigrants. 

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“It’s like a doctor. You do your best to save lives and I commend you for it.

Labour MP David Lammy chimed in to say “Not migrants, humans.” 

Twitter user @TomBeacon said “Thank you to all of you for what you do. I hate that your heroism has become politically controversial; as far as I am concerned, you deserve our heartfelt respect and support.”

The rescuers can be seen in the video rescuing the children first off of an ill-equipt inflatable dinghy boat, you can hear the distressed cries of women and young children in the clip. 

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RNLI rescue workers explained in a powerful video depicting the heroic rescue’s that “the English Channel is a very dangerous stretch of water, I’ve been in some terrifying situations there on a lifeboat and on my own boat.”

A rescuer said in the emotionally graphic video which was posted on Twitter by RNLI’s team: “I couldn’t really emphasise enough, how dangerous it is, it’s the busiest shipping lane in the world.

“It’s a scary place in a small boat when you know what you’re doing and it’s a terrifying place to be ill-equipt, overcrowded when you don’t know where you’re going and you don’t know what you’re doing.”

The video has now gained over 4m views on social media.

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The rescuer then went on to state that “we do not judge what we’re doing, we’re there to save lives, we’re there to help people in distress.”

“I think when you have witnessed that distress first hand, it then makes you realise that you are doing the right thing.”

When describing how they were perceived by those they rescue the rescuer said: “The reaction we get from the migrants is of relief, it’s not jubilation, it’s relief.”

“We’ve had them on the lifeboat deck actually praying because they’re so thankful” he described.

The rescuer then went on to state that “we do not judge what we’re doing, we’re there to save lives, we’re there to help people in distress.”

“I think when you have witnessed that distress first hand, it then makes you realise that you are doing the right thing.”

When describing how they were perceived by those they rescue the rescuer said: “The reaction we get from the migrants is of relief, it’s not jubilation it’s relief.”

“We’ve had them on the lifeboat deck actually praying because they’re so thankful” he described.

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