Our lifeboats and lifeboat stations

RNLI lifeboat crews protect hundreds of communities around the UK and Ireland through our 24-hour search and rescue service. To do so, they rely on the safest, most reliable lifeboats and modern stations to launch from.

A group shot of Anstruther lifeboat volunteers with their supporting families and community

Photo: RNLI / Nigel Millard

Hoylake’s Shannon class lifeboat, Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood 13-06, being recovered by her launch and recovery tractor, Roland Hough
Our lifeboat fleet
With an active fleet of 431 lifeboats, we can reach people in all kinds of situations.
About our lifeboats
Launch of Cosandra 13-12; the first Shannon class lifeboat to be built at our All-weather Lifeboat Centre
Building our lifeboats
Our lifeboats are built, repaired and maintained to the highest standards.
See how we do it
View from inside Moelfre Lifeboat Station of the station’s Tamar class lifeboat, Kiwi 16-25, being recovered up the slipway
Our lifeboat stations
Our 238 lifeboat stations protect and launch our lifeboats and house our crews.
About our stations
Aran Islands RNLI’s Severn class lifeboat, David Kirkaldy 17-06, powering through rough seas
Latest lifeboat launches
With an average of 24 callouts a day, there's most likely a lifeboat out right now.
Check our latest launches
Lifeboat crew self-righting a D class lifeboat in RNLI College’s wave tank
Lifeboat crew training
RNLI training turns willing volunteer lifeboat crew into competent RNLI lifesavers.
Find out how
Swanage Shannon Lifeboat sailing in rough seas
What it takes to launch a lifeboat
Find out what it takes every time the RNLI has to launch a lifeboat
What it takes