The Royal National Lifeboat Institution, for anyone who did not know, saves lives on the Thames as well as at sea. The RNLI was founded in 1824 and is almost completely supported by voluntary contributions (thus not subject to Government control!). Its 238 stations around the coast of the UK and Ireland had 8,304 ‘shouts’ (call-outs), rescued 8,384 people (an average of 23 a day) and saved 325 lives in 2013. It now has Lifeguards on over 200 beaches, as well as a Flood Rescue Team.
The RNLI Tower Lifeboat Station is situated below Waterloo Bridge and Andrew Stewart, the Visits Officer who welcomed us, gave an awe inspiring presentation on the RNLI. For more details see the attachment.