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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.

Tamar class lifeboat launches from slipway into the sea

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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

Aran Islands RNLI’s Severn class lifeboat, David Kirkaldy 17-06, powering through rough seas

What does it take to launch?

Right now, RNLI lifeboat crews are ready to rescue
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Female lifeguard on rescue watercraft reaches out into the water

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Lifeguard service

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.

Man struggling to stay afloat in the water

Safety advice from RNLI experts

Find out how you can keep you and your loved ones safe in and on the water with the latest advice
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Faisal (11) and Jamal (18) fish on the floodwaters after a monsoon. Cox s Bazar. Bangladesh. One inch of water international project.

International

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. 

Explore the RNLI's lifesaving work

Tamar class lifeboat launches from slipway into the sea
Lifeboats and stations
RNLI lifeboat crews protect hundreds of communities around the UK and Ireland.
Our search and rescue service
Female lifeguard on rescue watercraft reaches out into the water
Lifeguards and beaches

Discover what our lifeguards do, how they train, and find your nearest lifeguarded beach.

Lifeguards and beaches
Faisal (11) and Jamal (18) fish on the floodwaters after a monsoon. Cox s Bazar. Bangladesh. One inch of water international project.
International
We share our expertise to help communities most at risk of drowning overseas.
Our international work
Man struggling to stay afloat in the water
Safety
We help you to stay safe through our water safety advice and initiatives.
Our prevention work