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 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
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
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
The funds they raise, together with
supporter donations, powers
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each day on
Our lifeboat crews
Our volunteer lifeboat crews are
ready to launch 24/7 from
lifeboat stations around the UK
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
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.
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
The Sea Survival Centre with its state-of-the-art
lifeboat simulator, wave tank and live engine
workshop give our volunteers hands-on
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..
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
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.