What we do
With your support, we save lives at sea.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the RNLI is ready to save lives. Powered by courage, determination and the support of generous people like you.
Our volunteer lifeboat crews provide a 24-hour rescue service in the UK and Ireland and our seasonal lifeguards patrol busy beaches. RNLI crews and lifeguards have saved over 144,000 lives since 1824.
We're more than just a rescue service - we influence, supervise and educate people too. Our Community Safety teams explain the risks and share safety knowledge with anyone going out to sea or to the coast. And our international teams work with like-minded organisations to help tackle drowning in communities at risk all around the world.
The lifeboat service
Our volunteer lifeboat crews are ready to launch 24/7. With 238 lifeboat stations around the coasts of the UK and Ireland, the RNLI has created a ring of safety to help protect and save those in peril at sea.
Crew members come from all walks of life, with only 1 in 10 having previous maritime experience. But they all share one thing in common - a selfless, dedicated commitment to saving lives at sea. And, thanks to your support, the RNLI can provide them with the training, equipment and craft they need to be lifesavers.
389 Lives saved by lifeboat crews in 2022
117 lives saved by lifeguards in 2022
16,476 people helped by lifeboat crews in 2022
23,204 people aided by lifeguards in 2022
What does it take to launch?
Every summer, RNLI lifeguards patrol over 240 beaches around the UK and Channel Islands, keeping many people safe. They share vital safety advice, give first aid to those who need it, and are ready to rescue anyone who gets into trouble in the water.
Safety advice from RNLI experts
Anyone can drown. No one should. Across the globe, 227 children under the age of 15 drown every single day. One person drowns every two minutes. The RNLI won’t stand by while this happens.
Working with international partners and communities, we help deliver safety advice, training and equipment to help protect those most at risk of drowning, as well as working to raise awareness of the global drowning problem.