Happy highlights of a busy RNLI year

Season’s greetings from all of us at the RNLI


Well, what a year it has been! Here’s a round-up of what your support helped us achieve this year:

10 January: Planning permission was granted for a new lifeboat construction facility, the All-weather Lifeboat Centre >>
3 March: The global drowning epidemic was highlighted in a new RNLI film >>
4 April: A new trial lifeboat station was announced in Stonehaven >>
4 May: The RNLI launched its 200th lifeguard patrolled beach at Littlehampton >>
23 May: The first RNLI Gallantry Medals to be awarded to the Flood Rescue Team for their December 2012 rescue of a woman from fast-flowing flood water >>
26 May: Lifeguards and lifeboat crew rescued 85 swimmers during an event in Southwold >>
15 July: The first Shannon class lifeboat Jock and Annie Slater was welcomed into the fleet >>
24 July: Four lifeboats launched to a sinking tall ship with 30 people onboard near Kinsale, Co. Cork >>
7 September: the RNLI remembered the 175th anniversary of Grace Darling’s daring rescue >>
22 September: RNLI trainers travelled to Zanzibar to introduce the new Aquatic Survival Programme >>

Not only that, our volunteers rescued thousands of people at sea – and kept on top of their day jobs. But don’t just take our word for it – see it for yourself in this amazing rescue compilation video.

Of course, none of this would have been possible without your support. So thank you on behalf of our volunteer lifeboat crews, who’ll be spending this Christmas on call. And thanks on behalf of those rescued throughout the year too. They’ll be able to celebrate this Christmas with family and friends – safe and warm.

Images & copyright © RNLI 2013

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