Far-right party Britain First is among those to have attacked the RNLI, encouraging people to message the charity to tell it to stop saving people who get into difficulty trying to cross to England.
After “suspicious behaviour,” the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has pulled down its website and reported its employees had received threatening emails.
After a suspected hacking attempt on Friday afternoon, the charity’s website was reduced to a stripped-down landing page.
On the same day, it sent a safety reminder to its employees and volunteers after threats were conveyed to them. The threats, it stated, had been submitted to the authorities.
Anti-migrant parties are increasingly criticising the charity for its role in saving lives in the Channel, as individuals attempt to cross from France in small boats.
In response, the anti-racist Hope Not Hate group rallied behind the charity. It called for people to sign a petition in solidarity with them.
On 25 November, 27 people died when their craft sank after leaving French shores.
“In light of this suspicious activity, and following threatening emails that the charity has received and reported to the police today, the RNLI has taken the opportunity to remind its staff and volunteers to stay vigilant to keep themselves, their colleagues and RNLI systems safe.
A RNLI spokesperson said: “The RNLI’s website has been the subject of suspicious activity today, Friday 3 December 2021. As a precaution, the RNLI has taken the decision to take down its website while investigating the activity. We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused and we’re working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.
“We are focused on our core purpose to save lives at sea and our 24/7 lifesaving service remains fully operational.”
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