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Joshua James – Great rescuer helped harness sea

It was 125 years ago this month that the shoreline of Hull became the scene of one of the most remarkable maritime rescues in history. Sadly, the story of that rescue is now largely unknown, even among the local population and today’s maritime professionals. James, widely and justifiably considered the greatest lifesaver of all time,  had as a child witnessed the drowning deaths of his mother and sister (at “The Gut” separating Hull from Peddocks Island), and subsequently embarked on an incomparable career that began when he made his first rescue at the age of 15. [email protected]  10:56