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.

The Issues

RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards are busier than ever, rescuing thousands of people and saving hundreds of lives around the coasts of the UK and Ireland every year. In 2019 alone, they saved 374 lives and helped over 38,700 people. Our lifesavers will always be there to help those in danger in the water, but too many lives are still being lost. Around 150 people die accidentally in UK and Irish waters every year and globally, there are 320,000 drowning deaths each year. It’s a huge problem, but one we’re determined to tackle to prevent people from getting into danger before they need our help. We do this by creating greater awareness of drowning and promoting safer behaviour around water As a modern emergency service and a charity, we depend on trained and committed volunteer lifesavers. As we strive to save every one, we also depend on thousands of dedicated volunteer fundraisers. The funds they raise, together with supporter donations, powers RNLI lifesaving.

RNLI UK- May 2020

In 2019
Lifeboat Launches




Lives Saved
People aided each day on average

Our lifeboat crews

Our volunteer lifeboat crews are ready to launch 24/7 from lifeboat stations around the UK and Ireland. Lifeboat crew members have all kinds of backgrounds and jobs – from teachers to tattooists, farmers to pharmacists. At a moment’s notice, they readily exchange work, comfort or sleep for cold, wet and fatigue. They spend many hours of their own time training together so they can meet the dangers and challenges they face on search and rescue missions at sea.
RNLI/Arran (Lamlash)


Today, only 1 in 10 of our volunteer crew members has a maritime profession, so training is essential. Crews don’t just learn boat handling skills – they learn everything from navigation and engine repair to first aid and sea survival. We provide them with comprehensive training and recognised qualifications. These high standards are maintained and developed with the help of the training staff and facilities at the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, which complements training around the coast. This central facility also provides accommodation, classrooms and distance learning resources. The Sea Survival Centre with its state-of-the-art lifeboat simulator, wave tank and live engine workshop give our volunteers hands-on experience. Lifeboat volunteers need and deserve the very best training and equipment to keep them safe when they launch to the rescue. That’s only possible thanks to our generous supporters..

On Shore

Volunteer shore crew are a vital part of the rescue team. They help with the launch and recovery of the lifeboat, sometimes carrying out challenging tasks such as tractor launches in powerful breaking waves. The support of shore crew is especially valued on a difficult or long shout. They are described by lifeboat crews as the ‘unsung heroes’ of our rescues.

Our Support Network

The RNLI Support Centre in Poole, Dorset, stores and distributes the items needed to run all our lifeboats, stations, lifeguard units and support offices in the UK and Ireland. Specialist engineers, surveyors, technicians and training experts look after the requirements of stations in their region.