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.
RNLI lifeboat fleet
There are over 400 lifeboats in the RNLI fleet based at our lifeboat stations
around the UK and Ireland and in our relief fleet.
Between them, RNLI lifeboats cover 19,000 miles of coastline and some busy
inland stretches of water.
RNLI lifeboats are divided into two categories: all-weather lifeboats and inshore
lifeboats. The different classes of lifeboat within these categories mean we can
reach people in all kinds of situations and locations.
The type of lifeboat a station has depends on geographical features, the kind of
rescues the station is involved in and the cover provided by neighbouring lifeboat
All-weather lifeboats (ALBs) are capable of high speed and can be operated
safely in all weather conditions. They are inherently self-righting after a capsize
and fitted with navigation, location and communication equipment.
Inshore lifeboats (ILBs) usually operate closer to shore, in shallower water, near
cliffs, rocks and even in caves.
We also have inshore rescue hovercraft for areas that are inaccessible to
conventional RNLI lifeboats such as mud flats and river estuaries.
RNLI lifeboats are always ready to save lives at sea thanks to the care and
attention given to them by station mechanics and our maintenance teams out on
the coast and at our all-weather and inshore lifeboat centres. When they require
longer repairs or planned services, refits and modifications, they are temporarily
replaced by the same class of lifeboat from our relief fleet.
Meeting the cost of RNLI lifeboats
As a charity, we rely on generous legacies and donations to fund our lifeboats.
But right now, our income is down at a time when our lifeboat crews are busier
More and more people are visiting the coast and needing our help and too many
are still drowning. If our lifeboat crews have any hope of reaching people safely
and in time, they need, above all, the most reliable, the most advanced and the
fastest RNLI lifeboats.
Seconds can mean the difference between life and death.
You can help them weather the storm by giving whatever you can.
Your gift to the RNLI, no matter how much, will make a lifesaving difference. Not
only to the people we rescue and their loved ones, but to the crew and their