Be notified on your mobile phone of RNLI lifeboat launches.
SMS alerts are triggered by the same pager system that notifies the lifeboat’s volunteer crew members. This means that people who sign up to the service will know exactly when their local lifesavers have been called out.
However, unlike the crew members who can be summoned at any time, day or night, subscribers to the service can decide when they’d like to receive alerts and set a limit on how many messages they receive.
Keep informed of the latest lifeboat launches.
Choose which stations you would like to follow – you can keep up to date with your favourite station or more than one lifeboat station.
Choose how much you would like to be charged for each notification message received and choose a maximum amount you would like to spend each week – a portion of the fee will go to the RNLI, so not only do the alerts keep local people informed, they are also contributing to the real cost of the lifeboat launch. The amount donated depends on your mobile operator, but everyone who signs up to the scheme will be helping to raise vital funds for the RNLI.
It is also possible to pause the service for a while, for example, while going abroad on holiday.
And to stop the alerts, simply reply STOP to one of the alerts that you have already received.
So, keep in touch with text alerts and sign up for the service now!
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Note: This service is available for UK billing networks only.
The SMS launch alerts are directly linked to our crew pagers. When the crew are mustered by a pager call, it triggers an SMS launch alert. However, there are occasions when lifeboats launch without being paged. This could be because they are on exercise, are attending in support of another lifeboat or because the crew have been summoned by other means.
The SMS launch alerts can therefore best be taken as an indication of lifeboat activity rather than a definitive account of launches.
Due to operational reasons, the SMS launch alerts notifies you of launches after the launch has happened. In some cases the delay in the notification can be more than half an hour.
Terms and conditions for this service.