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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea.


The RNLI's vision is to end the preventable loss of life at sea and wherever people are in danger of drowning. The charity provides a sea rescue service around the whole of the UK and Republic of Ireland as well as beach lifeguards, flood rescue teams and safety education.


The volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved 142,700 lives since the charity was formed in 1824, and in 2021 RNLI lifesavers rescued and assisted 52,305 people.


The RNLI is entirely separate from the Coastguard and independent of the Government. 93% of its total income comes from donations, sponsorships and legacies. The RNLI has over 23,000 volunteer fundraisers working in guilds and branches across the UK of which one is the RNLI West Yorkshire Business Branch. For more information about the RNLI click on http://www.rnli.org.uk




The latest 'Shannon' class lifeboat, built by the RNLI

RNLI lifeguards protect people on our beaches

Flood pic

RNLI Flood Rescue Teams in Cumbria in December 2015