Meet our lifeboat station volunteers

Lifeboat crew members operate the lifeboats during rescues and are responsible for their safety and the safety of those they rescue. Their lifesaving work is essential, often difficult and sometimes dangerous.

Our crews respond at a moment's notice when their pagers go off. They give up their time and comfort to save lives at sea and are regularly called away from their families, their beds and their work, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As well as going out on rescues, crew members also commit to regular training afloat and onshore, and additional specialist training.

Shore crew provide a vital link in the chain, by launching and recovering the lifeboat, and making sure it is ready for the next call.

Most lifeboat crew members are volunteers. Some are also members of the RNLI’s Flood Rescue Team. We have 4,700 volunteer crew members from all walks of life, around the UK and Ireland, around 8% of whom are women.

Meet Steve
Trearddur Bay RNLI Lifeboat Helm Steve Rogerson
Trearddur Bay Lifeboat Helm Steve Rogerson
Being part of a lifeboat family is ‘one of the best feelings you can have’.
Meet Steve
Meet Lorraine
Wexford RNLI Lifeboat Helm Lorraine Galvin
Wexford Lifeboat Helm Lorraine Galvin
'When my pager goes off my daughter says: “We have to hurry mummy, someone's in trouble!”’
Meet Lorraine

Donate now and power volunteers through the storm

You can help our crews through the Perfect Storm this winter. They’re needed more than ever, and people still get into danger at sea. But we don’t have the funds to give our volunteers everything they need. Donate today – and make a huge difference.