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Survivors' stories

Have you been rescued by an RNLI lifeboat crew or lifeguard?

We'd love to hear your story. Your experience could help others stay safe at sea or on the beach.

Tell us your rescue story



Brian O'Carroll - capsized dinghy sailor rescued by Arklow RNLI

'My plan was to reach my sister and attempt a further 300m to land. I didn't fancy the odds. I thought about my unborn child, my wife and my parents ... '

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Shannon-Leigh Buxton - whose father was rescued by Port Talbot RNLI

'Dear Lifeguards, thank you so much for saving my daddy. I love him so much and I will be grateful to you forever. Love Shannon-Leigh (aged 8) xxxx.'


Isabella Denyer - rescued by Polzeath RNLI Lifeguards

'I looked up into the reassuring face of a lifeguard, who was slowly pumping air into my lungs. I knew that it was going to be all right. I dread to think what might have happened had they not been there or been so well trained.'​

Helen Hunt

'I will never forget what they did for us. We are here today because of them. They will always have a place in my heart'​