RNLI Lifeboats respond to UK flood rescue


Volunteer crews from the RNLI’s Rapid Response Unit (RRU) joined rescue efforts in Worcester and Gloucestershire during last weeks (21-24 July) floods.


A team of 31 volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew and two full-time team leaders assisted with rescues in Worcestershire and Gloucestershire during the peak of the floods after a request from local authorities. The initial RNLI Rapid Response Unit comprised of 11 crew members and four lifeboats (x3 D-Class and an Arancia inshore rescue boat), the team commenced operations at 3.15am on Saturday 21 July.


A further 20 RNLI volunteers were drafted in to help rescue efforts on Sunday (22nd) and Monday (23rd) as the scale of the flooding continued to mount and rescue efforts continued day and night.




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