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Welcome to the RNLI

  • Remembering their courage

    Thirty-three years ago St Peter Port lifeboat volunteers braved hurricane conditions to rescue 29 people from the cargo ship Bonita.

    Just days later, tragedy struck when Penlee volunteers launched in similar conditions, never to return.

    Watch our commemorative film
    A painting of the Bonita rescue involving St Peter Port lifeboat volunteers by H E Beavis
  • This Christmas, spare a thought

    Winter throws a lot at our lifeboat crews. Gale-force winds, rough seas, driving rain and freezing temperatures.

    At Christmas they'll be ready to leave loved ones to save the lives of others. But your support will help bring them home safely.

    See what they do for us
    Support your lifeboat crews this Christmas
  • The end of an era

    After 48 years, one of our longest serving volunteer crew members has hung up his lifejacket for the last time.

    Sennen Cove Second Coxswain Philip Shannon MBE has served on five classes of lifeboat and now passes the baton to his son Dan.

    Farewell Phil
    Sennen Cove Second Coxswain Phil Shannon is retiring after almost 50 years
Remembering their courage
Watch our commemorative film

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Build for a lifesaving future

Every volunteer crew member is counting on your help this Christmas.



Where does your money go?

Where does your money go pie chart 83p/83c

in every pound/euro donated goes to the rescue service


in every pound/euro donated is reinvested to generate more funds.


Wreath laying from Whitby RNLI lifeboat at site of Rohilla wreck

01 November 2014

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The Lifeboat Book

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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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Latest lifeboat launches

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Latest launches

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