Category: Regulators & agencies
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is a registered charity that saves lives at sea. It provides, on call, the 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service to 50 miles out from the coast of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, and a beach lifeguard service on 57 beaches in the south west of England. The RNLI continues to rely on voluntary contributions and legacies for its income. There are 232 lifeboat stations strategically placed around the UK and Republic of Ireland. Within Kent there are eight stations at: Sheerness, Whitstable, Margate, Ramsgate, Walmer, Dover, Littlestone and Dungeness.
The RNLI also provides advice on sea safety and runs the SEA Check scheme, a free service offered to owners of boats under 13.7 metres which checks relevant levels of safety equipment.