In common with all charitable operations, the global health crisis had a huge impact on RNLI operations in 2020. Lockdown restrictions disrupted many of our usual activities, including fundraising, crew training, lifeguard roll out, building new lifeboats and station improvements. However, thanks to the selflessness and adaptability of all volunteer and staff members of TEAM RNLI, lifesaving continued throughout the year and continues in the same vain in 2021. Staff and volunteers were required to adjust to new Covid-19 safe procedures and the wearing of extra protective equipment as well as some staff working from home or being placed on furlough. TEAM LIZARD has played its part admirably and, under the leadership and guidance of Coxswain Dan and LOM Ned, has set the highest of operational standards throughout these difficult times.
The demand on RNLI crews and lifeguards continues to increase and people need their help now more than ever. Although the construction and maintenance of lifeboats and stations has been severely curtailed and crew training paused, operational activity has been continued at the highest level possible.
In 2020, the RNLI continued to operate from:
Lizard, most southerly mainland (right) to Thurso, most northerly mainland (below).