This is an outstanding photo essay of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The photographer is also a crew member of the Torbay lifeboat which may explain why these photographs are so compelling. Any writer or photographer needs a special understanding and identification with the subject to step above the ordinary. Each picture paints a story and what an amazing story each is. HRH Prince William Duke of Cambridge has written the foreword and as an RAF SAR Helicopter pilot based at RAF Valley, he has had direct experience of working with RNLI crews in some testing conditions.