We are a fund raising branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, a registered charity which exists to save lives at sea and elsewhere, and is entirely funded by voluntary donations.
We are located to the East of London on the North bank of the river Thames and we work closely with the Lifeboats and crew stationed just across the river at Gravesend in Kent.
Gravesend is one of four RNLI stations on the Thames, three of which are manned 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with a twelve hour shift system, four days on four days off. There are 43 crew members at Gravesend, ten full-time and the remainder volunteers.
The River Thames
The river here has strong currents, mud and sand banks and is also a busy thoroughfare for commercial shipping. This all contributes to making Gravesend one of the busiest Lifeboat stations in the country.