Whatever your thoughts,the RNLI are doing their best to cut costs .They are there to protect our seas,no matter whoever,or whatever is concerned. thank ,God the government is not involved,because it would soon be involved in some drastic cost cutting,by closing stations,or buying Lifeboats from foreign manufacturers and cutting crews even to bare minimum.Goodness knows if elf n safety were brought in,wouldn't there be someone sat in an office saying "launch?? of course you cant launch! the sea is much too rough tonight,and it may put lives at risk if the lifeboat were to launch in these conditions.lets wait to sea when it calms down and then send them out" As far as charging for the service goes,would YOU like to pay for an ambulance,or fire brigade,well a Lifeboat is all these and more,and you don't pay for land based rescue.
Personally I would love to charge the yellow welly brigade,as it seems like a good many of them think "its blowing a gale,ideal sailing conditions.Lets go have some fun" They then go out,passing the professional boatmen,such as fishermen,coming IN to escape the storm.
Most who live by the sea,learn to appreciate the conditions that can come up suddenly.Lifeboatmen ARE aware,and are still prepared to go out and attempt to rescue these people. Let us keep the service as it is,and let the people who run it,cut costs where they SAFELY can.I have learnt just today that just one simple cost cutting item will save £25000.00 a year .