Stromness RNLI Lifeboat Violet, Dorothy and Kathleen leaving Harbour
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution a registered charity that saves lives at sea. It provides, on call, the 24-hour service necessary to cover search and rescue requirements to 50 miles out from the coast of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, and a beach rescue service on 43 beaches in the south west of England. The RNLI depends entirely on voluntary contributions and legacies for its income.
Volunteer lifeboat crews in Scotland rescued more than 900 people during 2010, according to the RNLI’s official statistics published in January 2011.
Crews at the country’s 45 lifeboat stations rescued 921 people, including 89 young people, during the year. The RNLI averaged nearly three launches every day of the year and crews often had to launch in the dark. There were 1012 launches, slightly down on last year, which was the RNLI’s busiest year in Scotland. The number of people rescued rose from 912 to 921.
The RNLI rescued 8,313 people around the coast of the UK and Ireland and launched 8,713 times.