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Welcome to the RNLI

  • 'Thank goodness the lifeguards came'

    On the highest tide of the year, Polzeath lifeguards braved extreme conditions to save the lives of two families caught in a rip current.

    'It's thanks to the RNLI lifeguards that we're all alive.'

    More on this incredible rescue
    Polzeath RNLI lifeguards reunited with the families they rescued
  • Trapped inside a flooded car

    Some of the highest tides of the year have caught many people out.

    Including an elderly man who was rescued by Morecambe lifeboat volunteers just seconds before his car sank under the water.

    Read the full story
    Morecambe lifeboat volunteers in their D class inshore lifeboat, Margaret Mary Timpany
  • Do you know
    your tides?

    Tides have a reputation for being unpredictable.

    But really they follow a timetable more reliable than most trains.

    Respect the water and you're less likely to get caught out by the tide.

    Learn more about tides
    The shoreline
'Thank goodness the lifeguards came'
More on this incredible rescue

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Help fund nine new Shannon class lifeboats

It's vital that we replace nine all-weather lifeboats. 

Help us make it home safely.


Where does your money go?

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in every pound/euro donated is reinvested to generate more funds.


Rhyl All-weather lifeboat service to yacht

07 August 2014

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Shorething! 7–14 year olds

The RNLI’s site for young people is crammed full of activities, games and videos.

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Latest lifeboat launches

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Latest launches

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