Royal National Lifeboat Institute
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea, they provide, on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, and a seasonal lifeguard service. With their lifeboats, lifeguards, safety advice and flood rescue, they’re committed to preventing drowning tragedies.
Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboats, and since 2001, its lifeguards, have saved more than 140,000 lives.
More and more people are using beaches and the sea for leisure and RNLI crews and lifeguards are responding to an increased number of incidents.
In 2012, 49% of launches were to leisure craft users, 20% to people ashore, 13% to people in the water, 10% to merchant or fishing vessels and 8% to other sea users.
With 92% of our total income coming from generous donations and legacies, we depend on our dedicated volunteers and supporters to save lives at sea.
Your support means our lifeboat crews can reunite the 22 people they rescue each day with their families.
So however you choose to get involved, you can feel good knowing you’re making a difference.
Volunteers are the heart of the RNLI.
All their volunteers show incredible commitment to the charity. Without them they wouldn’t be able to carry out their core purpose, to save lives at sea.
They rely on tens of thousands of dedicated volunteers, who contribute their time, energy and skills, without salary and of their own free will, to support the RNLI.
The RNLI welcomes and values every volunteer, from all walks of life. They aim to utilise the gift of an individual’s time, knowledge and skills to help achieve their purpose of saving lives at sea.
Ged & Hayley visited the Lytham St Annes Lifeboat Station and were lucky enough to accompany the crew out on a training exercise in the lifeboat. During their trip they spoke with Coxswain Mechanic Martin Jaggs & Mike who was rescued by the RNLI