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Welcome to the RNLI

  • Water never tires, People do

    160 people die around the UK coast each year – more than the number killed in cycling accidents.

    Over two-thirds of them are men.

    Find out the most common causes of drowning and how to stay safe while enjoying the coast.

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    Close-up of the shoreline. Photo: RNLI / Nigel Millard
  • No match
    for the sea

    At just 33, Lee was a strong and confident swimmer.

    But sadly he succumbed to the hidden dangers of the sea.

    Hear Lee's story, as told by his niece Elizabeth Toogood.

    Elizabeth Toogood, whose uncle Lee drowned in the sea off Weston-super-Mare Beach. Photo: Still from RNLI video
  • Make the most
    of the coast

    From walking and swimming to angling and watersports, there are so many ways to enjoy the coast and the water.

    Underestimate the power of the sea and things can go wrong.

    Respect the Water and you'll be aware of the risks.

    Have fun and stay safe
    A kitesurfer. Photo: RNLI / Nathan Williams
  • The power of
    rip currents

    Exhausted and distressed, a young bodyboarder desperately cried for help as he fought against a rip current.

    Luckily he was on a lifeguarded beach and an RNLI lifeguard was already racing to his rescue.


    See the rescue footage
    RNLI Lifeguard Joby Wolfenden-Brown rescues a young bodyboarder from a powerful rip current. Photo: Still from RNLI video
Water never tires, People do
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Child trapped in rocks rescued by New Quay lifeboat crew as tide rises

11 July 2014

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Shorething! 7–14 year olds

The RNLI’s site for young people is crammed full of activities, games and videos.

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