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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. 



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

Our fleet and stations

Keeping beaches safe

Flood rescue​


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



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

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

Lifesaving skills

Our lifesaving heritage