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RNLI D class lifeboats celebrate 50 years of service - The crew of the Aberystwyth lifeboat. Left to right Dai Davies, Alan Blair, Sandro James and Brian Pugh James.
This week the RNLIís D class inshore lifeboat will be turning 50. The charityís longest serving type of inshore lifeboat has come a long way since it was used to rescue two men and a dog in Aberystwyth in June 1963.

Half a century later it is still going strong. David Davies, now RNLI Station Treasurer at Aberystwyth lifeboat station, was crew there in the 1960s and was one of the first to launch the D class lifeboat on a rescue to a person who had drifted out to sea on an inflatable.

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