Royal National Lifeboat Institution

qr codeFunded by charitable donations, the lifeboat crews and lifeguards of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution have saved at least 140,000 lives at sea since 1824.

Registered charity numbers : England and Wales (209603) / Scotland (SC037736)
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Byline: Volunteer crew from the RNLI?s Barrow station launched both their lifeboats yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 12 October) to go to the aid of a fishing vessel which had broken down to the south of Walney Island.
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The request to launch the lifeboat came from Holyhead Coastguard at 4:35pm. The information received was that a seven metre-long fishing vessel had lost power in the vicinity of Halfway Shoal Beacon off the south end of Walney Island.

The Barrow Lifeboat, Grace Dixon, was launched at 4:45pm under the command of Coxswain Shaun Charnley with five crew members on board. The lifeboat made good progress to the scene and was alongside the stricken boat at 5:00pm.

After assessing the situation, it was decided to take the vessel under tow to a safe mooring near Jubilee Bridge.

A line was soon attached and the tow commenced. However, the location of the mooring at Chapel Bed was deemed potentially too shallow for the Grace Dixon to reach safely and therefore it was decided to launch the inshore lifeboat to assist.

The Vision of Tamworth was duly launched at 5:55pm with Jonny Long at the helm, supported by two crew. It proceeded northwards along Walney Channel where it took over the tow from the Grace Dixon.

At 6:30pm the casualty vessel was made secure on the mooring and The Vision of Tamworth was stood down.

Both lifeboats returned to the Barrow RNLI Boathouse at 7:00pm where they were washed down and made ready for the next launch.

The weather conditions at the time were fine, with a Westerly wind, force four. Visibility was fair and the next high water was due at 8:21pm with a predicted height of 8.0 metres.

RNLI Media contacts
For more information, please contact Chris Clouter, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on: 07531 085900.

Byline: This Monday (10 October) sees the 125th anniversary of the first ever charity street collection, which took place in Manchester on behalf of the RNLI on Saturday 10 October 1891.
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Organised by successful cotton merchant Sir Charles Macara, the collection was a huge success and raised more than 5,000 - equivalent to almost 250,000 today. The event inspired regular Lifeboat Saturdays, not just in Manchester but around the country, and became a major source of fundraising for the RNLI. Other charities later followed suit and street collections are still a regular and vital source of charity income.

Sir Charles Macara organised the collection after witnessing the RNLI?s worst ever lifeboat disaster five years earlier, when 27 men died in an attempt to rescue the crew of the stricken German barque Mexico during a violent gale off the Lancashire coast.

RNLI volunteers launched from Lytham St Annes and Southport but tragically the Eliza Fernley from Southport and Laura Janet from Lytham St Annes capsized and 27 lifeboat crew members drowned, leaving 16 widows and 50 fatherless children. Lytham?s Charles Biggs lifeboat launched on her maiden rescue and saved all 12 of Mexico?s crew.

A disaster fund raised 30,000 for the families of those lost but Macara wanted to do more. He discovered RNLI finances were low, with over two-thirds of the charity?s income coming from just a handful of wealthy people, so he decided to hold ?a grand cavalcade to make the public at large aware of the service provided by the brave volunteer lifeboat men and the need for widespread financial support?.

The Manchester collection was supported by an impressive parade through the city, when 30,000 people lined the streets to watch bands, colourful floats and two horse-drawn lifeboats. Charles?s wife Marion, with many of her friends, went along the crowds collecting money and Charles arranged for lifeboat crew members to carry sacks on long poles to reach those watching from windows and the tops of buses and trams.

Hayley Whiting, RNLI Heritage Archive and Research Manager, said: ?The first Lifeboat Saturday was hugely influential and changed charity fundraising forever. Before that, fundraising used to be quite private, and charities tended to approach only influential people and wealthy philanthropists. This was different - ordinary people were being asked to help, and were clearly happy to do so.?

Lifeboat Saturday with its street collection didn?t just help to shape the RNLI?s fundraising techniques, but also charities around the world. Street collections have since formed a regular and vital source of charity income today.

Byline: It was all change at the helm of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution this week, with Stuart Popham succeeding Charles Hunter-Pease as Chairman of the lifesaving charity.
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Stuart was previously Vice-Chair of the charity. He also chairs the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and has been European Vice-Chairman for Citibank for the last five years, prior to which he was a solicitor at Clifford Chance for more than 30 years, the last eight of which as Global Senior Partner.

Stuart has also served as a governor of Birkbeck University, chaired the London region of the CBI and was a trustee of the Barbican Arts Centre. He was made Queen's Counsel, honoris causa, in 2011.

A married father-of-three, Stuart has been a keen sailor since his youth and comes from a long line of seafarers.

Upon accepting the post, Stuart said: ?I?m honoured to be given such a fantastic opportunity. I look forward to getting to know even more about the RNLI and meeting so many more of the staff and volunteers.?

Departing Chair, Charles Hunter-Pease was rowed away from RNLI headquarters in Poole, Dorset, in an historic lifeboat to mark the end of his stewardship.

A businessman in the motor industry, Charles worked for Volvo from 1973 until retiring in 2007. He became Senior Vice President of Volvo Car Corporation in Gothenburg in 1993 and was acting as the Senior Adviser to the Management Team of Volvo Car Corporation from 1999. Using his management and business expertise, Charles has served on various RNLI committees as a volunteer over a twenty-year period including fundraising, remuneration and property.

Charles succeeded Lord Boyce as Chairman in July 2013 and has overseen many changes at the RNLI, including the development of the newest lifeboat in the fleet, the Shannon class, which he and Stuart are pictured with.

Reflecting on his time as Chair, Charles said: "The RNLI is about people. It is a wonderful example of all that is good about those who volunteer to save the lives of others and the dedicated support and leadership they get from an immensely professional and caring staff."

Paul Boissier, RNLI Chief Executive, said: ?During his time as Chairman, Charles has achieved a massive amount. His inspiration has encouraged staff and volunteers alike to be courageous enough to take on a tough change programme in order to save more lives from drowning.?

Charles and Stuart are pictured standing at the bow of a Shannon Class lifeboat. The portrait was made using a Victorian photographic method that captures images on glass by Jack Lowe, who is photographing all 237 lifeboat crews in the UK and the RoI using this method.

Jack, grandson of Dad?s Army actor Arthur Lowe, also a keen RNLI supporter, said: ?As a young lifeboat fan, I used visit RNLI HQ for Open Days. If you had told me then that, one day, I?d be back to make a portrait of the incoming and outgoing chairmen, I would have found it hard to believe. I?m still pinching myself now.?

Notes to editors:

?A normal term of office for the RNLI Chairman is three to five years, subject to an annual reappointment by the Board of Trustees.

?For more details about Jack Lowe?s photographic mission go to

?A press release about Jack Lowe?s Lifeboat Station Project is available here:

RNLI media contacts:

For more information contact the RNLI Press Office. 01202 336194 /

Byline: Angle RNLI?s inshore lifeboat was alerted on Sunday of last week (September 25) to assist a 2.5 metre tender, which was struggling due to the weather conditions, off East Angle Bay.
Page Content: The D class lifeboat SuperG II was launched at 5.50pm and quickly located the tender, which had one adult and a child on board.

After transferring the occupants to the inshore lifeboat, a tow was rigged and the tender was taken to Angle?s Point House landing jetty, where members of St Govan?s Coastguard were waiting.

With the occupants and tender safely ashore, the lifeboat was released to return to her station, where she was rehoused at 6.18pm.

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Angle RNLI?s D class inshore lifeboat SuperG II.
Photo: Angle RNLI.

RNLI media contacts

For more information please telephone Ted Goddard, RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Angle, on 01437 763675 or Danielle Rush, Public Relations Manager (Wales & the West) on 07786668829 or 01745585162 or by email: or RNLI Public Relations on 01202336789

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