The RNLI, founded in 1824, provides a 24/7 lifeboat search and rescue service to 100 nautical miles from the coast of the UK and Republic of Ireland and a seasonal lifeguard service. There are over 350 lifeboats in the RNLI fleet based at our stations around the UK and Ireland. Between them, RNLI lifeboats cover 19,000 miles of coastline and some busy inland stretches of water.
We also have over 100 lifeboats in our relief fleet, ready to temporarily replace station lifeboats whenever they require regular or emergency maintenance.
RNLI lifeboats are divided into two categories: all-weather lifeboats and inshore lifeboats. The different lifeboat classes within these categories means we can reach people in all kinds of situations and locations.
The type of lifeboat a station has depends on geographical features, the kind of rescues the station is involved in and the cover provided by neighbouring lifeboat stations.
All-weather lifeboats (ALBs) are capable of high speed and can be operated safely in all weather conditions. They are inherently self-righting after a capsize and fitted with navigation, location and communication equipment.
Inshore lifeboats (ILBs) usually operate closer to shore, in shallower water, near cliffs, rocks and even in caves.
We also have inshore rescue hovercraft for areas that are inaccessible to conventional RNLI lifeboats such as mud flats and river estuaries.
We are funded by voluntary donations and receive no funding from UK central Government. The RNLI also operates a Flood Rescue Team, manned by lifeboat crew and lifeguards who can answer the call for help many miles from the coast. The RNLI on average rescues 22 people a day.
Giveacar and its donors are proud supporters of RNLI as they work hard to provide lifeboat search and rescue around the UK and Ireland. If you’re planning to scrap or sell your car, give a car instead to help RNLI continue the great work they do. Your donation can ensure people are kept safe on the UK coasts. Do a good deed and help RNLI when you donate your car to charity.