The Royal National Lifeboat Institution ( RNLI )is a charity that saves lives at sea around the coasts of Great Britain and Ireland as well as inshore.

The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations around the coast and rescues an average of 22 people each day.

The charity also employs lifeguards on beaches in the Southwest, South Wales and Norfolk. In 2008, this service will be expanded to cover over 100 beaches.

The RNLI is funded entirely by voluntary donations and legacies.

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