We are Looe Lifeboats….With your support, we save lives at sea
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea
Royal National Lifeboat Institution, a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736).
Registered charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland
We save lives by providing a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service,
seasonal lifeguards, water safety education and initiatives, and flood rescue response.
Our Ring of Safety
There are 238 lifeboat stations around the UK and Ireland, covering 19,000
miles of coastline.
They include four on the River Thames, and five inland – at Loch Ness
in Scotland and Carrybridge, Enniskillen, Lough Ree and Lough Derg in
Plus, RNLI lifeguards operate at busy times on 248 UK and Channel Island
The RNLI is responsible for maintaining these lifeboat stations and beach
lifeguard facilities, building new or replacement ones when required.
The demands of saving lives on the water constantly evolve – and so do we.
This means we regularly review our lifeboat and lifeguard provision.
The RNLI is unique – as a modern emergency service and as a charity. We
rely on people from all walks of life, with a huge range of skills and experience,
to keep our lifesaving service running.
Over 95% of the RNLI’s people are volunteers.
From lifeboat crew, lifeguards and shore crew to fundraisers, safety advisers
and education presenters – thousands of dedicated RNLI volunteers save
lives, raise funds, raise awareness and help in our museums, shops, visitor
centres and offices.
They are at the heart of the RNLI. Without them we couldn’t carry out our vital
The RNLI could not run as effectively as it does without its staff, based around
the UK and Ireland and at the RNLI Support Centre in Poole, Dorset. Staff
members include those with expertise in subjects such as lifeboat design,
engineering, training, surveying, marketing, IT, HR, safety and many others
who support our volunteers on the front line.
The RNLI's work is overseen by the charity's trustees and council members.
Volunteers who lend their skills and experience to help govern the RNLI.
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