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The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea.

We provide an on call 24 hour a day lifeboat service around the UK and Ireland, and seasonal lifeguard service.

With our lifeboats, lifeguards, safety advice and flood rescue teams we are committed to saving lives.


The RNLI has an active fleet of over 340 lifeboats, ranging from 3.8m to 17m in length, as well as a relief fleet.  Different classes of lifeboat are needed depending on the station and the geographic location along with the type of rescue work they undertake and the cover provided by flank stations.  Lifeboats are split into two main groups, All Weather Lifeboats and Inshore Lifeboats.

Running Costs of the RNLI

The RNLI costs around £410,000 per day to run, all of which is generously donated by the public.  On average the RNLI rescues 24 people per day.  The RNLI receives no government funding to enable us to do so.

The Severn class lifeboat on station in Plymouth cost around £2.1m when she was built in 2003.  The Atlantic 75 costs around £135,000.  In addition to these initial costs the station has continual running costs which include fuel, boat and building maintenance, clothing and training.

For example the cost of a drysuit for an inshore lifeboat crewmember is £750, or a pair of yellow wellies for the all weather lifeboat crew is £45.

How can you support the RNLI?

There are many ways to the support the RNLI, you could become a shoreline or offshore member.  Alternatively you could get involved with fundraising with the local fundraising branch.  Many businesses, societies or clubs also choose the RNLI as their charity of the year.  Legacies form another very important part of our fundraising.

For more information Please Click Here to view the RNLI's main website.

You can also contact the station directly.

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