Calm Before the Storm

Across our island nation, a voluntary team of nearly five thousand lifeboat crew, will drop what they are doing and save lives at sea. Across the clock, no matter what time of the day, the volunteer crews of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution will go to the stations and launch in whatever condition and help those who are at sea.


This institution which was founded in 1824, now has 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland. The charity runs solely on public donations as they receive no money from the government - Without the generosity of the public, their life saving service would not be able to run.

Just outside of Cardiff, the RNLI Penarth Lifeboat station is home to 40 crew members, all from many different backgrounds who come together to save lives. Together they build a team of onshore staff and lifeboat crew. Penarth lifeboat station was originally opened in 1861 and currently has two lifeboats: A D-Class and a B-Class Atlantic 85. This project follows these volunteers from what goes on within the station and the process of the preparation for a launch.