why do none RNLI lifeboat organisations exist

dylanwinter

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In response to my previous jokey thread about sailing for charity

Mark posted this

"If DW wanted to publicly support a charity he might even consider one of, or several of the independents who arguably need the cash and publicity even more than the RNLI.

www.freshwaterlifeboat.org.uk
http://www.rydeinshorerescue.org/
http://www.gafirs.org.uk/

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so why do these organisations exist?

are they filling gaps in the rescue system that the RNLI does not think exist?

If they ran out of money would the RNLI open up a new life-boat house and organise a crew?

Until that last thread I had no idea there were so many of them

this website lists 35 of them.... blimey


http://www.i-lifeboat.org.uk/links/i...dent-lifeboats

Just curious.

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The independent lifeboats list you have found isn't complete.
The RNLI decided to replace their Blyth lifeboat with a rib
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Local people (supported by Morrisons) found funding for an All Weather boat http://www.blythallweatherlifeboat.com/
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The Abbie Deans Spirit of Blyth and Wansbeck
 

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If they ran out of money would the RNLI open up a new life-boat house and organise a crew?

For sure, and vice versa. IME RNLI and independents seem pretty competitive with constant suspicions that the 'competition' are stealing shouts that should have been given to them. I think in many cases these guys would be delighted if the other organization folded and gave them a bigger patch with more shouts.
 

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They exist because at some stage there was a gap. Some have been going for decades, others are almost new.

Some do get taken over. Cowes became RNLI a year or so ago. Some start up like the one mentioned above where the locals decided they needed their all weather boat.

The biggest problem to staying that they face is funding & the impression of many that all boats are RNLI. It's a case of getting out & making sure the local population know they are not. This is a grea forum for disseminating the info amongst the boaty community. But much of their funding comes from the community.

As for stealing jobs, it should never happen. The indies are controlled by the coastguard as are the RNLI. All have a patch & are tasked accordingly. Sure there a few who are not "declared resources". Those guys will generally find that the areas they operate in are also covered by RNLI or indi.
 

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Should the RNLI hold monopoly on all rescue craft in the UK? I was surprised to learn recently that not all rescue services were RNLI run. After I thought about it some more I questioned why I should be surprised. I suppose its because all other rescue/emergency services are one organisation.
 

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After I thought about it some more I questioned why I should be surprised. I suppose its because all other rescue/emergency services are one organisation.

Up here in Scottland we have eight police forces, one ambulance service, eight fire and rescue services, twenty eight mountain rescue teams, one cave rescue team and six lifeboat organisations.
 
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