Independent Lifeboats in the UK and Ireland

There are approximately  70 to 100 independent lifeboat services currently operating in Britain and Ireland, operating separately from the RNLI. Many operate 24 hours a day year-round.

Independent lifeboat services cover a range of roles for all weather coastal lifeboats (ALB) to smaller inshore or inland lifeboats (ILB). Many independent services also provide inland flood rescue capability as well as search and rescue, 4x4 vehicles with some also providing lowland and mountain rescue services.

Independent lifeboats are often privately funded, and many are registered charities, as smaller charities they face many challenges when it comes to fundraising compared with other larger charities.


The 23rd / 24th March is Go Orange Day for Independent Lifeboats held annually the event is designed to fundraise and raise awareness of the work of Independent lifeboats. If you would like to help you can use the map to find your local Independent station


York Rescue Boat is an inshore lifeboat and search and rescue team covering York and the surrounding area

York Rescue Boat members are on call 24/7, 365 days of the year to support North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service as well as carrying out weekly patrols

York Rescue Boat is an independent organisation and is a proud member of Surf Lifesaving Great Britain

Contact Info

York Rescue Boat

York Eco Business Centre

Amy Johnson Way


YO30 4AG


Charity Status

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