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About us

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea.

Image of an RNLI lifeboat crew member

We provide, on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, and a seasonal lifeguard service.

With our lifeboats, lifeguards, safety advice and flood rescue, we are committed to preventing drowning tragedies. 

Lifeboats

Lifeguards​

Image of a Severn class lifeboat
Image of an RNLLI lifeguard on duty

Our volunteer crews count on the safest,
fastest and most reliable lifeboats.​

The vigilance of our lifeguards means
accidents can be prevented before they
happen.​

Our fleet and stations

Keeping beaches safe

Flood rescue​

International​

Image of the RNLI Flood Rescue Team Image of lifeguard training in Senegal. Photo: RNLI/Mike Lavis

Specially trained volunteers are on call for
flooding emergencies at home and abroad.​

See how the RNLI works across the globe
to tackle a drowning epidemic that kills
1.2M people a year.​

Read about flood rescue

Our international work

Training​

History​

Image of lifeboat crew training at RNLI College Image of a historic lifeboat

When lives are at risk, it’s crucial our
lifeboat crews and lifeguards are highly
trained.​

From oars to water jets, the way we save
lives at sea has evolved significantly since
1824.​

Lifesaving skills

Our lifesaving heritage