The difference you make

Thanks to the support of brilliant people like you, our lifeboat crews aided an average of 23 people a day in 2020. Our lifeguards aided 25,172 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.

8,239 lifeboat launches

In 2020, RNLI lifeboat crews launched 8,239 times around the coasts of the UK and Ireland, aiding an average of 23 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 25,000 beachgoers

For the latest information, please visit our beach safety page.

Our lifeguards aided 25,172 people in summer 2020, and responded to 10,687 incidents.

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 2020, your support also helped us reach people with water safety messages, preventing them from getting into trouble in the water in the first place. Working in partnership with like-minded organisations, we reached more than 45M people with our beach safety campaign. 

More people told us that our Float to Live advice helped save their lives. We also delivered water safety advice and curriculum-linked learning to thousands of children through our Water Safety Wednesday broadcasts and home-schooling packs. 

In 2020, we strengthened lifesaving partnerships with local authorities, governments and other organisations across the UK, Ireland and around the world. We continued our international drowning prevention work with the United Nations and in priority countries. 

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 2020

45M+ PEOPLE REACHED WITH our beach safety campaign

8,239 lifeboat launches in 2020

25,172 beachgoers aided by lifeguards

Celebrate your loved one on the top of the Wells-next-the-Sea lifeboat

Due to the unprecedented success of Launch a Memory, you can now for the first time add your loved one’s name in the letters and numbers on the top of the new all-weather Shannon class which will save lives at sea for years to come.