Flood rescue

The RNLI Flood Rescue Team is always ready to carry out search and rescue operations wherever severe flooding puts lives at risk.

The team is made up of 28 volunteers from across the RNLI, including lifeboat crew and operational staff, all specially trained in swift water rescue.

Our flood rescue volunteers are strategically placed in two flood rescue teams.

Among our flood rescue volunteers are paramedics, logisticians and mechanics – all people doing extraordinary things with skills that are invaluable for flood relief work.

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Flood Rescue Team during swift water rescue training
How we operate our flood rescue service
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About the training
Members of the RNLI Flood Rescue Team wading through swift water during training
Swift water rescue training
About the training
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Members of the RNLI Flood Rescue Team helping to evacuate people from their homes during the 2015 Cumbria floods
Flood rescues: where we have helped
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Will you stand with us?

Our brave volunteer crews are still on call, 24/7, despite the global pandemic. We urgently need you to stand with us in these uncertain times so they can continue to be there for you, your loved ones and everyone who needs them.