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LIFE. The aggregate of the animal functions which resist death. Bichat.
     2. The state of animated beings, while they possess the power of feeling and motion. It commences in contemplation of law generally as soon as the infant is able to stir in the mother's womb; 1 Bl. Com. 129; 3 Inst. 50; Wood's Inst. 11; and ceases at death. Lawyers and legislators are not, however, the best physiologists, and it may be justly suspected that in fact life commences before the mother can perceive any motion of the foetus. 1 Beck's Med. Jur. 291.
     3. For many purposes, however, life is considered as begun from the moment of conception in ventre sa mere. Vide Foetus. But in order to acquire and transfer civil rights the child must be born alive. Whether a child is born alive, is to be ascertained from certain signs which are always attendant upon life. The fact of the child's crying is the most certain. There may be a certain motion in a new born infant which may last even for hours, and yet there may not be complete life. It seems that in order to commence life the child must be born with the ability to breathe, and must actually have breathed. 1 Briand, Med. Leg. 1ere partie, c. 6, art. 1.
     4. Life is presumed to continue at least till one hundred years. 9 Mart. Lo. R. 257 See Death; Survivorship.
     5. Life is considered by the law of the utmost importance, and its most anxious care is to protect it. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 202-3.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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At Holy Island, the lifeboat was met by the Coastguard team, and the ill woman was helped on to the lifeboat and conveyed back to Seahouses, where she was then taken by ambulance to hospital for further treatment.
Newbiggin Lifeboat Day gets under way at 1.30pm with a variety of stalls and attractions in and around the lifeboat station.
RNLI area lifesaving manager Lee Firman said: "Propelled by water jets, the Shannon is a very different lifeboat to its predecessor the Mersey class lifeboat.
One of the casualties was found to be suffering from extreme cold and an ambulance was requested to meet the all-weather lifeboat at Sunderland Marina.
The busy afternoon came after the unveiling of Little Susie in front of 50 invited guests, the volunteer lifeboat crew and members of the Lifeboat Management Group at the ceremony which was led by David Stafford, chairman of the Tynemouth Lifeboat Management Group.
Following a thorough search with nothing found Holyhead MCA called off the search and Flint lifeboat returned to Greenfield, and thence to Flint at 4pm.
Steffan, now 9, said: "I am very upset that the RNLI are not replacing our lifeboat with a new Shannon.
It's the first time the Oban lifeboat have had a husband and wife in the crew.
Porthcawl Coastguard kept an eye on the vessel while the lifeboat was deployed and it caught up with the catamaran in Trecco Bay.
liverpool echo.echolive Her generous gift to the charity was supplemented by funds raised during a local RNLI appeal, which also helped meet the cost of the new Hoylake lifeboat station.
Niall McGrotty, Skerries RNLI Lifeboat manager, said: "This is a very special occasion for our lifeboat station.
Held since the 1960s, this was the last event to include the Moelfre RNLI's current lifeboat - a 47ft Thyne class called Robert and Violet - which will be retired at the end of 2012 following 25 years of service.