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Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)

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What does RNLI stand for?

RNLI stands for Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

What does RNLI mean?

The RNLI was actually founded as the Royal National Institution for the Preservation of Lives and Property from Shipwreck in 1824. Thirty years later in 1854, name was changed to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution - the RNLI.

Who are the RNLI?

They are a charity founded upon and driven by the values of selflessness, courage, dependability and trustworthiness. Values shared by generations of supporters have powered the lifesaving work through your kindness and generosity for almost 200 years.

Volunteers make up 95% of our organisation - supported by expert staff, all working together to help communities at home and abroad save lives.

What is the RNLI?

Has a wealth of experience and expertise, who are proud to be a world-leading modern emergency service, separate from the coastguard and independent from government.

What do the RNLI do?

Every day of every year, people of all backgrounds get into danger in the water.

Click here to support the RNLI. In addition to 24/7 search and rescue lifeboat service, they operate a seasonal lifeguard service. Every year, the volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards help and rescue thousands of people and have saved over 142,700 lives since 1824. Countless more lives are saved through their youth education and water safety work.

More detail can be found on their website:

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Last updated 12:48 on 8 June 2021

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