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Mum saved by lifeboat returns 58 years later

NICKI Constant was saved by the RNLI after her family’s yacht was caught in a hurricane in 1956.

And, 58 years later she visited the lifeboat station 
at Selsey to reiterate her thanks.

Nicki, from Surrey, toured the station with her family, before presenting the RNLI with a cheque.

On July 29, 1956, her family was on a yacht which was caught in the hurricane in the English Channel.

Nicki, then 11, was one of 18 people saved by the RNLI on that day alone.

Nicki said: ‘Halfway across the Channel this massive hurricane came swooping in and took everything with it.

‘The baby, who was 22 months, and me were put down below. We thought we’d had it.

‘We thought we weren’t coming back.

She added: ‘The crew were all with their arms out.

‘Somebody grabbed my arms.

‘They flung me like a fish over their heads.

‘It was scary. It is still very vivid.’

 

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