The RNLI does amazing work under the very worst of conditions. It is truly a worthy organization full of admirable people! If you Google for RNLI, you'll find numerous stories of life saving and rescue.
As an aside, you may remember this guy, MSc.
from the RNLI who is working on his masters. He first posted in Februrary of this year, I think. If you get a chance, please take a moment to contribute answers to his survey. It will help him with his research.