Welcome to Lifeboats Online - An Unofficial website

This website is run by supporters of the RNLI. It is an unofficial website and nothing to do with the RNLI. If you find some incorrect information or would like to submit some information please use the contact form on the contact page.

We would love to use your Lifeboat pictures on our site please submit them if we can use them.

Whilst this site is being created the old site is available for reference here

Poole RNLI Depot:
(Left to right) Trent, Arun, Tyne, FCB2, Tyne, Griffon 470TD, Tamar, Severn, Mersey and Trent (Photo N. Rush)

The Organisation

The RNLI is headquartered at Poole, Dorset and has recently been re-organized into a larger number of regional offices, each managing a smaller  amount of stations. For ease of viewing these will remain in geographical order. There are at present some 238 lifeboat stations around the coast of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: – Scotland (48), North (33), Wales and West (35), East and South-East (41), Ireland (45) and the South-West (35) together operating over 336 individual lifeboats.

2012-2016 Plan

To reconfigure lifeboat coverage to best meet the operational requirements through the established coastal review process. To continue to develop and introduce the Fast Carriage Boat 2 (FCB2) Shannon-Class all-weather lifeboat (Mersey replacement) in to the fleet from 2013. Update the fleet where appropriate with the following new lifeboats:Shannon-Class 4-6 per year.   B-class Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) – 8 per year and IB1 (D-class) ILB – 17 per year. To continue to review future requirements for hovercraft expansion as well as additional lifeboat coverage on inland waters and to review the life extensions for Severn and Trent-class boats.

ILB's at RNLI HQ at Poole (Photo N. Rush)

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