Capsize in the Thames: 'They were holding on for dear life' Read more
20 January 2017
Capsize in the Thames: 'They were holding on for dear life'
The crew at Chiswick on the River Thames is one of our busiest - and in October 2016 they knew it wouldn’t be long before they were called on for the 3,000th time. But who would need their help?

By Jasmin Downs
Storms, cargo ships, excited puppies: Your RNLI highlights of 2016 Read more
29 December 2016
Storms, cargo ships, excited puppies: Your RNLI highlights of 2016
This morning, we’ve dug into our statistics and picked out some of the most popular RNLI stories of 2016 – the ones you read, commented on and shared.

By Mairéad Dwane
Swept out to sea: How training and dedication saved the
lives of two teenage boys Read more
23 December 2016
Swept out to sea: How training and dedication saved the lives of two teenage boys
When two teenage boys found themselves drifting out to sea, they soon realised they were in real danger. With the tide going out and daylight fading fast, the boys would soon be swept out too far to get back to shore. Luckily for them, an off duty lifeboat crew member was close by.

By James Dwyer
A hat trick rescue: three Barmouth crews; three sailors; one capsized dinghy Read more
25 November 2016
A hat trick rescue: three Barmouth crews; three sailors; one capsized dinghy
Struggling in the cold, dark sea, three football fans wondered if it was game over.

By Laura Rainbow
Castletownbere's 12-hour mission to stranded sailor in severe gale Read more
4 November 2016
Castletownbere's 12-hour mission to stranded sailor in severe gale
Lifeboat volunteers face an exhausting 12-hour shift when a yachtsman is stranded 50 miles off the coast in appalling weather. 

By Jon Jones
Isles of Scilly: Retired coxswain back in rescue action as four go overboard Read more
21 October 2016
Isles of Scilly: Retired coxswain back in rescue action as four go overboard
You never forget your RNLI training. When Scilly boatman and retired lifeboat Coxswain Andy Howells saw a boat capsize with four people onboard, he knew exactly what to do.

By Robin Westcott
‘It felt like trying to find a needle in a haystack’ Read more
14 October 2016
‘It felt like trying to find a needle in a haystack’
Skipper Alan Birkett set out on an overnight fishing trip to the Isle of Man with his son and a friend. But when they fell violently ill, their getaway turned into a rescue mission involving a ferry, a helicopter and three lifeboats.

By Anna Burn
'I don't want to die' Read more
16 September 2016
'I don't want to die'
On one of the hottest weekends of the summer, when seven lives were tragically lost around our coast, it was a different story on Littlehampton Beach.

By Anna Burn
All hands to the pump Read more
8 September 2016
All hands to the pump
With a small angling boat rapidly taking on water in the North Sea, it took the combined skills of three lifeboat crews to save the vessel and the eight men onboard.

By Philly Byrde
The
18-hour rescue mission Read more
2 September 2016
The 18-hour rescue mission
When Islay lifeboat crew launched to a yachtsman in treacherous seas and force 11 winds, they couldn’t have known that their courage would result in a life saved that night - or a Medal for Gallantry.

By Jasmin Downs
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