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 250 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 within 16 regional flood rescue teams so that they can reach anywhere in the UK and Ireland within 6 hours.

Fifty members of the team are also trained to respond to flooding emergencies around the world within 24 hours.

Among our flood rescue volunteers are doctors, paramedics, logisticians, linguists, HGV and forklift drivers and mechanics – all ordinary people doing extraordinary things with skills that are invaluable for flood relief work, particularly in disaster zones and developing countries.

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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
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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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