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.

Our Ring of Safety

There are 238 lifeboat stations around the UK and Ireland, covering 19,000 miles of coastline. They include four on the River Thames, and five inland – at Loch Ness in Scotland and Carrybridge, Enniskillen, Lough Ree and Lough Derg in Ireland. Plus, RNLI lifeguards operate at busy times on 248 UK and Channel Island beaches. The RNLI is responsible for maintaining these lifeboat stations and beach lifeguard facilities, building new or replacement ones when required. The demands of saving lives on the water constantly evolve – and so do we. This means we regularly review our lifeboat and lifeguard provision.

Our people

The RNLI is unique – as a modern emergency service and as a charity. We rely on people from all walks of life, with a huge range of skills and experience, to keep our lifesaving service running.


Over 95% of the RNLI’s people are volunteers. From lifeboat crew, lifeguards and shore crew to fundraisers, safety advisers and education presenters – thousands of dedicated RNLI volunteers save lives, raise funds, raise awareness and help in our museums, shops, visitor centres and offices. They are at the heart of the RNLI. Without them we couldn’t carry out our vital lifesaving service.


The RNLI could not run as effectively as it does without its staff, based around the UK and Ireland and at the RNLI Support Centre in Poole, Dorset. Staff members include those with expertise in subjects such as lifeboat design, engineering, training, surveying, marketing, IT, HR, safety and many others who support our volunteers on the front line.


The RNLI's work is overseen by the charity's trustees and council members. Volunteers who lend their skills and experience to help govern the RNLI.

RNLI UK Assets

Lifeboat stations  Lifeguard support centres Rescue Map key
   95% of RNLI People are volunteers 5,500+ Volunteer operational crew Volunteer shore crew 2,800+ 109 Volunteer Lifeguards