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.

RNLI lifeguard rescuing a child in the surf at Constantine Bay, Cornwall.

Photo: Nigel Millard

RNLI lifeguard rescuing a child in the surf at Constantine Bay, Cornwall

Drowning prevention

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.

RNLI ASA Swim Safe programme taking place at Lake Windermere in the Lake District

Photo: Naik Media

RNLI Swim Safe programme at Lake Windermere in the Lake District

We couldn't do any of this without you

This was lifesaving powered by you.

Your support today will help train and equip our lifesavers so that they're ready for anything.

If you’d like to find out a bit more about the numbers, head to our annual report and accounts pages.

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

Time is running out to add your loved one's name to the Anstruther lifeboat

There is not long left to celebrate the life of your loved one you miss by adding their name to the letters and numbers printed on the side of a new all-weather lifeboat at Anstruther in Fife.