A BOURNEMOUTH mobile-app company has teamed with the RNLI to help teach children about water safety. 

Mobile game Storm Force Rescue has been developed by Amuzo Games in partnership with the RNLI to help kids learn water safety in a fun and engaging manner. 

Inspired by the lifesaving work of the RNLI, the game allows children to choose from five characters and tackle a variety of rescue missions which each come with a special water tip to help kids stay safe in and around water. 

RNLI water safety education manager, Sam Johnson, said: "This is such a fun, rewarding video game and we know children will love getting to grips with the RNLI’s cool equipment and racing to the rescue.

"At a time when phones and video games have become a central part of so many children and young people’s lives, it is important that the RNLI has a presence so that we can share advice that could one day keep them safe in and around the water."

The game has been made possible by the RNLI's 200 club, which has funded the charity's 200th anniversary activities. 

Available on Google Play and Apple Store, players can use rescue boards, waterjet-propelled rescue craft, and three types of lifeboats to answer the call for help.

Nick Roberts, head of studio at Amuzo Games, said: "There are no guns or violence in Storm Force Rescue – it’s all about lifesaving. We’re so proud to have worked on a game that promotes an incredible charity and shares safety tips with children.

"It’s been such a pleasure to develop this game alongside the RNLI. The charity already had a great youth brand to work with – as well as their amazing real-life kit and lifeboats, which we have loved bringing to life."

The RNLI has saved nearly 150,000 lives in its 200 year history. 

As well as operating a lifeboat service around the UK and Ireland, the RNLI provides seasonal lifeguard patrols on UK and Channel Islands beaches.

The RNLI also saves lives through water safety campaigns and education work.