The RNLI is a charity that provides a 24-hour lifesaving service around the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Our volunteer crews give up their time and comfort to carry out rescues in difficult and often dangerous conditions, and our lifeguards keep people safe on over 200 UK and Channel Island beaches.
What is a patron? A patron is a person who gives financial or other support to a person, organisation, cause, or activity.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. What is an institution? An institution is an organisation established for a particular purpose, in this case, saving lives at sea.
Our service covers the whole of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
There are 237 lifeboat stations around the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, with 346 lifeboats. Our lifeboat crew aim to reach at least 90% of all casualties within 10 nautical miles of the coast within 30 minutes of launch in all weathers.
In 2013, RNLI lifeguards are patrolling more than 200 UK and Channel Island beaches. RNLI lifeguards aim to reach any casualty up to 300m from shore within the red and yellow flags, within 3 1/2 minutes.
We have 4 lifeboat stations on the River Thames in London, and 3 inland lifeboat stations at Lough Ree, Lough Derg and Ennniskillen in Ireland, and at Loch Ness in Scotland.
We have 4,600 volunteer crew members. Crew members come from many walks of life. They volunteer as part of the lifeboat crew, this means they do it without getting paid. Most crew members have other jobs, for example some are teachers, mechanics, bar staff, students and company directors. Going out on a shout means they must stop whatever they are doing and get to the lifeboat as fast as they can - day or night!
In 2013, income reached £182.7M.
In 2013 the lifeboats saved 325 lives, plus we rescued 8384 people.
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Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Registered charity number 20003326 in the Republic of Ireland | RNLI (Sales) Ltd (RNLI Shop) (registration number 2202240) and RNLI College Ltd (registration number 7705470) both companies registered in England and Wales at West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1HZ. Images and copyright © RNLI 2016.