For 2024 we’re delighted to be supporting the Lymington RNLI.
The RNLI, established in 1824, is the charity that saves lives at sea and inland waterways. Volunteer lifeboat crews protect local communities through our 24-hour search and rescue service. They train and launch to save lives in danger and water safety teams support them by visiting schools, youth groups and sporting groups to break the drowning chain, and ensure people know what to do in times of danger. But there is still work to be done.
Around 140 people still die by accident in UK and Irish coastal waters each year so it’s the RNLIs mission to prevent this loss of life at sea. In 2022, there were 9,312 launches from lifeboat stations and 16,476 people aided by our crew. That’s 45 people aided each day, on average who need the RNLI’s help to make it home safely.
The Lymington lifeboat is a vital part of the RNLIs fleet, covering an area of the western Solent. Operating an Atlantic 85 class inshore lifeboat “David Bradley” the station was first managed by the RNLI in 1965 and has now been launching to save lives for over 50 years.
The crew attend a variety of shouts throughout the year and have recently launched to assist with a dramatic fire on a boat, rescuing people cut off from the tide, and supporting water users including paddleboarders. Six awards have been presented to members of the lifeboat crew for gallantry.
In 2024 the RNLI celebrates saving lives for 200 years and marks an important milestone in their history. Every lifeboat launched, and every life saved, is only possible thanks to the generosity of donors.