Angler Neal Dews was washed off his feet by a large wave whilst fishing in Cornwall in November 2018. He was wearing a lifejacket given to him by his wife as a 50th birthday present after seeing the lifejacket film made by the RNLI and Henry Gilbey
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.