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Running costs

​Keeping a modern fleet of lifeboats ever-ready to go to the rescue from 236 lifeboat stations is an expensive business. Add to that crew training, running a lifeguard service on more than 200 popular beaches and campaigning for water safety, and the pounds start to add up.

It costs around £385,000 a day to run the RNLI, all of which is generously donated by the public. This might sound like a lot, but we think the 22 people rescued a day (on average) are worth it. Below is a breakdown of the costs of our rescue kit; for more detailed information see our annual report.

Lifeboat fleet

Tamar class​

£2.7M​

Shannon class​

£2M​

B class​

£204,000​

D class ​

£39,000​

E class ​

£350,000​

Hovercraft ​

£300,000​

 

Lifeboat crew kit

Gloves​

£10

Boots​

£42

Waterproof trousers (all-weather lifeboat crew)​

£220

Waterproof jacket (all-weather lifeboat crew)

£305​

Drysuit (inshore lifeboat crew)

£319​

Thermal undersuit (all-weather lifeboat crew)

£200

​Thermal top

​£52

Lifejacket (all-weather lifeboat crew)

£368​

​Helmet ​£198

Lifeguard fleet

Rescue watercraft​

£9,000            ​

Inshore rescue boat​

£9,000​

Patrol vehicle

£21,000​

All-terrain vehicle​

​£5,500

Lifeguard kit

 

Full wetsuit​

​£85

​Sunglasses

​£16

​Shorts

​£30

​Cap

​£15

​Fleece

​£60