IamA volunteer inshore lifeboat crew member for the RNLI in the UK. AMA!
I've been a volunteer crew member for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in the UK for around 6 years, and recently also became a helmsman. In the context of the inshore lifeboat this means that I am now in charge on a 'shout' & have an awful lot more responsibility. First and foremost we are there to save lives at sea.
It's surprising how many people don't realise that the RNLI is an independent charity and does not receive government funding. It provides the majority of emergency lifeboat cover around the coastline of the UK and the island of Ireland - almost completely crewed by volunteers.
I'm not a press person or anything like that, and this isn't an official post by the RNLI. I'm just doing it off my own back on the off-chance that anyone is interested!
Some 'proof' - hope that's enough!
EDIT: Well, off to bed now - work in the morning. If any more questions appear I'll continue to answer them tomorrow! Cheers.
EDIT: I'm back checking on here, and composing some replies to post a bit later. I'll keep answering any new questions - though there might be a delay depending on work/sleep commitments ;-)