What they do. They save lives by providing a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service, seasonal lifeguards, water safety education and initiatives, and flood rescue response.

Royal National Lifeboat Institution

St Marys Severn class lifeboat 17-11 in rough seas off the lighthouse at Bishops Rock, the westnermost point of the Isles of Scilly.

Photo: RNLI / Nigel Millard

With your support, they save lives at sea.

Do something extraordinary

They depend on donations like yours to keep saving lives at sea.  Your support means our lifeboat crews can reunite 22 people with their families every day. Please help the Royal National Lifeboat Institution RNLI, to donate please click here. 

Please donate money

It costs around £460,000 a day to run our lifesaving service. Your generosity means our crews can save lives quickly, safely and effectively.

Helensburgh Fundraising Event

Vanity Fair Fund Raising Fashion Show – Helensburgh Sailing Club on Tuesday 25th April 2017 at 7:00pm. Wine & Canapés included, wine sponsored by GSS, Hair by Division. Tickets £10 and available at Vanity Fair.

RNLI Helensburgh - Vanity Faor

Their 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.
Royal National Lifeboat Institution
Photo: RNLI / Nigel Millard

Lifeguards and beaches

Their lifeguards patrol over 240 beaches across the UK and Channel Islands. In 2016, they aided 20,538 people and saved 127 lives. Their aim is to expand their lifesaving service so they can provide seasonal patrols to all regions that need cover on their beaches. Find out more about this lifesaving service.


The coast is an exciting place to be – but it’s easier than you think to get into trouble in the water. Stay safe with our essential safety advice.

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. Their 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 their 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.

Their international work

Drowning is a silent epidemic. It claims an estimated 372,000 lives worldwide each year, over one-third of which are children. The RNLI is working in partnership with others to make drowning a global priority – and to provide at-risk communities with the knowledge, equipment and skills they need to reduce this staggering loss of life.
Photo: RNLI Mike Lavis

International Aquatic Survival programme, Zanzibar, Africa. UK Lifeguard training local swim teachers.

Photo: RNLI/Mike Lavis