The speed and agility of the D class is put to the test here by St Agnes lifeboat crew but performs superbly, even though it’s a little damp for the crew. Our volunteers were facing the rough conditions during a search for a surfer swept out to sea, who was later found safely back on shore. Our crew are able to receive first class training and be fully equipped, so that they can handle conditions such as this, thanks to generous donations from our supporters. We could not save lives at sea without them. #RNLI #Lifeboats #Rescue #Training #Charity #Donations
At 10.30am today, our volunteers and staff across the UK and Ireland joined the French community in remembering the three @sauveteurs_en_mer rescue crew members who tragically lost their lives last week.
The French President, Emmanuel Macron, attended a gathering at Les Sables-d’Olonne, the location where the rescue boat capsized. A minute’s silence was held, followed by the maritime community sounding its foghorns around the French coast.
In solidarity our lifeboat stations and lifeguard units lowered their flags to half-mast as a mark of respect and at our Support Centre in Poole staff members observed the silence, led by Community Lifesaving Director John Payne, at the RNLI Memorial Sculpture.
To those that we rescue the sight of a lifeboat coming to them is the light at the end of the tunnel. For our volunteer crew local knowledge can make all the difference in reaching someone in time or not. As part of training exercises, crews are always improving their local knowledge, as pictured here with @official_kinsale_lifeboat entering a cave at the Old Head of Kinsale, County Cork. #Kinsale #Cave #Volunteering #LocalKnowledge #RNLI
In case you missed it… we launched our #RespectTheWater campaign in Cornwall last week, where Lifeguard Will gave a perfect demonstration of the lifesaving #FloatToLive technique. You can find out more about the campaign by clicking the link in our bio 👆
A special moment when hundreds turned out to welcome Clogherhead's new Shannon lifeboat on Sunday. The lifeboat has been funded by an Irish legacy, named after an Irish lifeboat volunteer, designed by an Irish engineer and is the first class to be called after an Irish river. The 'Michael O’Brien' Shannon lifeboat also arrived in Clogherhead at exactly 13.31 hours, which is its operational number.
The €2.5 million lifeboat has a top speed of 25 knots, cutting vital minutes off the time it takes for the lifeboat crew to reach a casualty. A significant proportion of the funding for the new lifeboat has been provided through a legacy by Wexford farmer, Henry Tomkins, a lifelong supporter of the RNLI. Henry stipulated that a lifeboat be named for his friend, former Arklow RNLI Coxswain Michael O’Brien. #Shannon #Lifeboats #Clogherhead #Arklow #Ireland
Over the last month, hundreds of dedicated volunteers and supporters have given up their time to help fund our kit. We’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who took part in Mayday this year – you’re all lifesavers.
#RNLI #Lifeboats #Charity #Mayday #fundraising #volunteers #gratitude
Today we're launching our lifesaving #RespectTheWater campaign. If you get into trouble in cold water, fight your instinct to panic and #FloatToLive. To find out more, click the link in our bio 👆
Like all of our lifeguards, @rnli_lifeguards_n.ireland have been busy training over recent months, preparing themselves for being back on the beaches, where they can keep visitors safe. They practice how to carry out rescue, administer casualty care and deliver vital safety messages. If you’re planning a visit to the beach for the bank holiday weekend, make sure you choose a lifeguarded one. #Lifeguards #BeachSafety #RespectTheWater #Sea #Training #Rescue