The difference you make
Thanks to the support of brilliant people like you, our lifeboat crews aided an average of 35 people a day in 2021. Our lifeguards aided 40,762 people.
The seas, beaches and waterways watched over by our lifesavers are enjoyed by millions of people every year. But the water remains an unpredictable environment that can catch people out. People will always need our help and – thanks to you – we will always be there to answer that call.
8,868 lifeboat launches
In 2021, RNLI lifeboat crews launched 8,868 times around the coasts of the UK and Ireland, aiding an average of 35 people a day. It is clear that our volunteer lifesavers are still needed to help keep our coastline safe.
As our frontline rescue service continued to keep thousands safe, we also looked at how to support and sustain this lifesaving work long into the future.
Being an RNLI lifesaver takes huge personal commitment and sacrifice from our volunteers, and you help to keep them safe by equipping them with everything they need for the demands they face.
Aiding over 40,700 beachgoers
We provided lifeguard cover on 245 UK and Channel Island beaches in 2021. Our lifeguards aided 40,762 people and responded to 18,180 incidents.
For the latest information, please visit our beach safety page.
In 2021, your support also helped us reach people with water safety messages, preventing them from getting into trouble in the water in the first place. Our Seaside Safety Song was developed as a TV advert and was seen over 76 million times throughout the summer.
Water safety volunteers reached over 28,000 children in schools and youth groups last summer, teaching them lifesaving skills.
Over 900 education professionals and community partners downloaded the water safety education packs that were available for free on our website last summer.
In 2021, we continued our international drowning prevention work, despite the challenges of the global pandemic. This work included helping to secure a historic United Nations (UN) resolution on global drowning prevention and observing the first ever World Drowning Prevention day on 25 July.
Lifesaving statistics in 2021
76M+ watches of our seaside safety song advert on tv
8,868 lifeboat launches in 2021
40,762 beachgoers aided by lifeguards