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Welcome to the RNLI

  • Unexpected dangers at the coast

    More people drown at the coast each year than are killed in cycling accidents in the UK.

    And most people don't even intend to get wet. Slips, trips and falls while walking and running contribute to most coastal deaths.

    Know the risks
    Be aware of the dangers of the coastline and the water
  • That's why I #RespectTheWater

    'Being a surfer, it's easy to think of the ocean as a giant playground.

    'But a Summer's day back in 2013 reminded me to always proceed with caution.'

    Jack Ellis
    RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor

    Read Jack's story
    Read why RNLI Lifeguard Supervisor Jack Ellis respects the water
  • Up for a paddle?

    Kayaking is one of the most popular watersports in the UK.

    But around seven people die in kayaking incidents every year.

    Whether you're a novice or a pro, see how you can respect the water and get the most out of your paddling.

    Paddle safe
    Respect the Water and stay safe when enjoying a paddle. Photo: Shutterstock / Pierdelune
  • A rescue
    gone wrong

    When his dog fell over a cliff edge into a steep gulley below, experienced kayaker Eoin reckoned he could paddle in to save him.

    But the sea had other ideas.

    See what happened
    Eoin’s story shows how even the most experienced kayakers are no match for the power of the water
Unexpected dangers at the coast
Know the risks

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Mudeford RNLI rescue yacht that ran aground in bad weather

26 July 2015

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