The Royal National Lifeboat
Institution is a registered charity which exists to save lives at
sea. The R.N.L.I. depends entirely on voluntary contributions and
legacies for it's income. Money raised in Ireland is spent in Ireland.
The R.N.L.I. was founded
in 1829, and since that time it's lifeboats have saved over 134,500
lives. On average, lifeboats launch over 6,200 times every year and
rescue over 6,300 people. The R.N.L.I awards Gold, Silver and Bronze
medals, and the Institution of Vellum (a framed letter on parchment)
for acts of bravery carried out by lifeboat crews. The Gold medal
is so rare, that only 34 have been awarded this century.
map of lifeboat stations in the Republic of Ireland
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