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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is essentially the volunteer coast guard for England, Wales and Scotland.

Mostly they are men and women with full-time jobs, but they are an integral part of maritime culture in Great Britain.

In 2013, RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews rescued 8,384 people, including 425 lives saved, and helped 21,938 people.

The U.S. Coast Guard has some of the latest and greatest marine rescue gear, but in Britain basic rigid-hulled inflatables are used to save lives.

Here’s a crew heading home to the Welsh port of Beaumaris after training in swells of as much as 10 feet and against a northwesterly wind.