Thank you to a TikToking RNLI lifesaver

In Volunteers’ Week UK, find out how Josh shows 15,000 followers the RNLI behind the scenes.

RNLI crew member Josh Owens

Photo: RNLI/Nathan Williams

Josh Owens, a volunteer Crew Member at Portsmouth RNLI, has taken to social media platform TikTok to give his 15,000 followers a behind-the-scenes peek at what being a lifesaver involves.

Josh, 28, has been a crew member for three years and has taken part in a number of rescues, helping bring loved ones back to family and friends. Now, his social media presence has led to an interview on Sky News this morning and coverage in local media outlets.

Ready to drop everything

Josh videos on TikTok highlight vital safety messaging, RNLI facts, how to get involved and what it is like to be at the sharp end of saving lives at sea. In one of his most recent live streams, followers witnessed his pager going off which saw Josh drop everything to get to the lifeboat station to launch the lifeboat – with more than 300,000 plays.

Josh says: ‘Like many, I found myself with time on my hands during lockdown and started watching a few videos on TikTok.

‘They were really quite engaging and fun, so I thought I’d try my hand at sharing a few stories and clips about my time as an RNLI volunteer.

‘Since starting my own TikTok channel in November I’ve been overwhelmed at how well it’s been received, and I have almost 15,000 followers.

‘I’ve really enjoyed engaging with supporters and I’ve even been asked about how people can get involved with volunteering themselves.'

Tune in this week

On Thursday 3 of June at 7:30pm, as part of Volunteers’ Week UK, you can meet Josh ‘virtually’ on the RNLI Instagram page as he takes part in a live interview talking about all things from saving lives to volunteering.

Thank you

Josh says: ‘Since joining as a volunteer, I’ve witnessed first-hand the impact you can make on people’s lives and I’m volunteering among some incredible people to really make a difference.’

Josh is just one of the thousands of dedicated volunteers at the RNLI; from more than 20,000 fundraisers to educators, shop workers and more than 5,500 lifeboat crew, there are such a wide variety of roles that all contribute to saving lives at sea.

This Volunteers' Week UK, it's time to say thank you to every role and every volunteer.