This particular vessel is the Severn class lifeboat, which operates out of Poole Harbour, Dorset. This is the largest class of UK lifeboat, at 17 metres long
Image taken at Poole Harbour, Dorset, UK.
Camera Olympus E-30, Focal length 60.0mm,
Shutter speed 1/320s, f/10.1, ISOP 200.
With their Headquarters in Poole, Dorset
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a charity that saves lives at sea around the coasts of the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, as well as on selected inland waterways.
The RNLI was founded on 4 March 1824 as the National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck, adopting the present name in 1854. It now operates as an international service to the peoples of the UK and Ireland and has official charity status in each nation.
The RNLI operates 444 lifeboats (332 are on station, 112 are in the relief fleet), from 235 lifeboat stations around the coasts of Great Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. The RNLI’s lifeboats rescued an average of 22 people a day in 2009. RNLI lifeboats launched 9,223 times in 2009, rescuing 8,235 people. The RNLI’s lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved more than 139,000 lives since 1824.
RNLI lifeguards placed on selected beaches around England and Wales, aided 15,957 people in 2009.
Most lifeboat crew members are unpaid volunteers. The RNLI is funded by voluntary donations and legacies (together with tax reclaims), and has an annual budget of £139 million (€144 million).
There are other Lifeboat Services that are independent of the RNLI, available to the coastguards that provide lifesaving lifeboats and lifeboat crews 24 hours a day all year round.