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The Breeches Buoy

When the line from the rescue rocket was firmly fixed to the wreck's mast the breeches buoy was sent across. This was like a canvas bucket hanging from a cork float.

There were two holes in the bottom of the "bucket" and the seaman sat inside with his feet dangling through the holes. He was lowered over the side of the wreck and hauled to safety by the shore crew. In rough seas, he would often be down in the waves, where the cork float helped keep his head clear of the water and stopped him from drowning.

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