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.
Waterproof trousers (all-weather lifeboat crew)
Waterproof jacket (all-weather lifeboat crew)
Drysuit (inshore lifeboat crew)
Thermal undersuit (all-weather lifeboat crew)
Lifejacket (all-weather lifeboat crew)
Inshore rescue boat
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