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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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"The council made it clear to all volunteer groups from the start of this year that it would provide a lifeguard for each facility at no cost to the local group - for a period of four weeks each summer.
Although many would-be swimmers still flocked to the beach, most stayed away from the water when warned by lifeguards. However, two foreign tourists insisted on risking their lives by getting some cheap thrills in the water at noon on Saturday.
"We are very happy that this equipment will arrive on Monday, it has been hard to understand why there wasn't a working jet ski, it's not logical and Coral Bay is considered the best beach in the Paphos district and very busy and we really need it," one of the lifeguards working at the beach told the Sunday Mail.
The bill requires pool operators to provide the appropriate local government unit (LGUs) with a certification and supporting documents to prove that they have hired and are currently employing the required number of lifeguards.
The Gazette has scoured its archives and found these 25 pictures of lifeguards over the years.
Two lifeguards will usually man the white tower, from where they monitor the waves and beachgoers using binoculars.
Lifeguards from Seaburn reached the man within a couple of minutes and secured him to a rescue board.
RNLI lifeguards from Seaburn beach were able to reach the man within a couple of minutes and secure him to the rescue board.
'With a certified lifeguard around, swimmers are not at risk,' he added.
Royal Life Saving Bahrain recently concluded the first internationally recognised Beach Lifeguard Course at Marassi Al Bahrain Beach.
The cyclist, a man in his 40s, fell off while riding close to the RNLI Beach Lifeguard Unit at about 10am on Sunday.