RNLI Salcombe with HM Coastguard training exercise
The popular BBC2 program Saving Lives at Sea will show many dramatic and some maybe not so dramatic, rescues!
However, what it does not show are the many hours of training the volunteer crews are required to complete, (training that is not without its own risks). An example of this is a recent training exercise with HM Coastguard. When new crew members experienced for the first time the complex procedures of working alongside the HMCG team in casualty evacuation.
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, in a normal year, 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.