The Royal National Lifeboat Institution was founded on 4 March 1824. It was first known as the National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck, before adopting the present name in 1854.
What is the RNLI?
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a charity that saves lives at sea around the coasts of the British Isles, as well as inshore. It
The RNLI provides a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the coasts of the UK and RoI, as well as a seasonal lifeguard service on many of the busiest beaches in England and Wales.
Lifeboats and Lifeguards do not get paid for risking their lives for you!
Our volunteer crews and lifeguards put their own lives on the line to save others, providing a 24/7 search and rescue service around the UK and ROI, as well as safeguarding beaches.
Who are the volunteers?
These volunteers come from all walks of life, doing this vital lifesaving work on top of their day jobs.
See what you can do to join in and do something to support the RNLI this SOS day.
Timeline on RNLI History