At a glance


  • Campaigning
  • Emergency Services / Armed Forces
  • International development

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Geographical remit: 


Our volunteer lifeboat crews provide a 24-hour rescue service in the UK and Ireland, and our seasonal lifeguards look after people on busy beaches. Our Flood Rescue Team helps those affected by flooding.

RNLI crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,200 lives since 1824 but we’re more than 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.


In the UK and Ireland the RNLI provides:

  • a strategically located fleet of all-weather lifeboats, which are available at all times, and tactically placed inshore craft, which are subject to weather limitations
  • a lifeguard service on a seasonal basis
  • coastal safety, research and education programmes
  • flood response.

Internationally we work with like-minded organisations to:

  • raise awareness of the significant global drowning problem
  • grow prevention and rescue capacity within high-risk communities.

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