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Amble Lifeboat Station

Amble Lifeboat Station

Amble lifeboat crew have been presented with 18 awards for gallantry, including the first ever medals to be awarded for a rescue in an inshore lifeboat. The RNLI’s last Waveney class lifeboat left service from Amble.

This station is classed as a Discover station. ​Our crews from Discover stations are equally welcoming to visitors but many of these stations were built before visitors were considered. These stations normally open their boathouse doors during the summer months. 

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Recent launches from this station

Date Time
30/09/2014 15:00
01/09/2014 16:35
26/08/2014 11:32
23/08/2014 17:44
26/07/2014 10:59
16/06/2014 12:04
16/05/2014 15:27
05/05/2014 17:31
07/02/2014 12:38
26/01/2014 16:04

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Station address

Amble Lifeboat Station
Radcliffe Quay
Amble
Northumberland 
NE65 0BE

Station telephone

01665 712460

Station opening times

10am–4pm daily

Accessibility

Disabled parking, disabled access, parking

Visitor contact

John Young

Visitor contact telephone

01665 712916

Shop telephone

01665 714952

Shop opening times

Easter–October
Friday–Sunday
10am–4pm

 

Appledore ILB crew members. Left to right, Martin Davis, Gary Stanbury and Andrew HalletSpecific crew member details for this lifeboat station are not available here at the moment.

More than 4,800 lifeboat crew members around the UK and RoI drop everything when their pagers go off, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Only 1 in 10 crew members has a professional maritime occupation. Men and women of all ages and all walks of life crew the RNLI lifeboats around our coasts and waterways.

  • Award-winning crime writer Ann Cleeves is set to open an action-packed Amble RNLI Lifeboat Day on Sunday 24th August.

    Amble inshore lifeboat

  • Award-winning crime writer Ann Cleeves is set to open an action-packed Amble RNLI Lifeboat Day on Sunday 24th August.

    Ann Cleeves

  • The old Lytham lifeboat in the boat yard.

    The old Lytham lifeboat in the boat yard.

  • The Dunleary taking out members of the Ladies Lifeboat Guild for a short trip

    Dunleary while serving at Lytahm

  • Amble's current Mersey class lifeboat, The Four Boys

    Amble's current Mersey class lifeboat, The Four Boys

  • An RNLI Shannon class lifeboat, similar to the one expected in Amble from 2017.

    RNLI Shanon class lifeboat

  • Amble inshore lifeboat

    Mildred Holcroft

  • Inshore training at Alnmouth

    The Mildred Holcroft

  • 16ft boat returning to Amble harbour

    16ft boat

  • Wave Dancer returning to Amble harbour

    Wave Dancer

  • Shannon class ifeboat being transported through Seahouses

    Shannon class ifeboat being transported through Seahouses

  • Shannon at Amble

    Shannon at Amble

  • Shannon arriving at Seahouses

    Shannon arriving at Seahouses

  • £300 cheque raised from Harvest Festival

    Edwin Street First School

  • Amble RNLI station visit

    Amble RNLI station visit

  • Amble lifeboats rescue fishing boat

    Amble lifeboats rescue fishing boat

  • Amble lifeboats rescue fishing boat

    Amble lifeboats rescue fishing boat

  • Amble lifeboats rescue fishing boat

    Amble lifeboats rescue fishing boat

  • Amble RNLI lifeboat launched to evacuate injured crewman from survey vessel 9 miles offshore

    Amble RNLI lifeboat launched to evacuate injured crewman from survey vessel 9 miles offshore

  • Both Amble lifeboats launch to aid of local tourist-trip vessel

    Both Amble lifeboats launch to aid of local tourist-trip vessel-2

  • Both Amble lifeboats launch to aid of local tourist-trip vessel

    Both Amble lifeboats launch to aid of local tourist-trip vessel-1

  • Both Amble lifeboats launch to aid of local tourist-trip vessel

    Both Amble lifeboats launch to aid of local tourist-trip vessel

  • Amble Lifeboat crewmembers swap from the rolling waves to the rolling hills

    Amble Lifeboat crewmembers swap from the rolling waves to the rolling hills

  • Dr Alan Fraser retires as Amble Lifeboat Medical Adviser

    Dr Alan Fraser retires as Amble Lifeboat Medical Adviser

  • The Shannon class lifeboat

    The Shannon class lifeboat

  • Amble lifeboats launch to fishing vessel

    Amble lifeboats launch to fishing vessel

  • Amble RNLI launch to motor cruiser in difficulty

    Amble RNLI launch to motor cruiser in difficulty

  • North east RNLI volunteers ready to put family festivities on hold this Christmas

    North east RNLI volunteers ready to put family festivities on hold this Christmas

  • Amble RNLI Lifeboats launched to assist fishing boat aground on rocks to the South of Amble Harbour

    Amble RNLI Lifeboats launched to assist fishing boat aground on rocks to the South of Amble Harbour

  • Amble RNLI Lifeboats launch to avert Bank Holiday tragedy

    Amble RNLI Lifeboats launch to avert Bank Holiday tragedy

  • Amble RNLI Lifeboats launch to avert Bank Holiday tragedy

    Amble RNLI Lifeboats launch to avert Bank Holiday tragedy

  • Busy first week of August for Amble RNLI lifeboats as the holiday season gets into full swing

    Busy first week of August for Amble RNLI lifeboats as the holiday season gets into full swing

  • Amble RNLI Second Coxswain receives recognition at Buckingham Palace Garden Party

    Amble RNLI Second Coxswain receives recognition at Buckingham Palace Garden Party

  • Amble RNLI volunteers help boat over warm weekend

    Amble RNLI volunteers help boat over warm weekend

  • Amble lifeboats called to stranded yacht

    Amble lifeboats called to stranded yacht

  • Amble lifeboats assist grounded mototr cruiser

    Amble lifeboats assist grounded mototr cruiser

  • Busy week for Amble Lifeboats as warm weather brings increased number of users taking to the sea

    Busy week for Amble Lifeboats as warm weather brings increased number of users taking to the sea

  • £1 million support helps fund Amble RNLI lifesaver

    Alan Stewart

  • Amble RNLI lifeboats launch to rescue man injured in fall from Amble pier

    Amble RNLI lifeboats launch to rescue man injured in fall from Amble pier

  • Craster & Amble lifeboat volunteers called to trapped angling boat

    Craster & Amble lifeboat volunteers called to trapped angling boat

  • New RNLI Grace Darling Museum exhibition features rarely-seen artefacts

    Grace Darling's letter

  • Third call for Amble RNLI lifeboat this week

    Amble RNLI lifeboat tows The Happy Lass to safety

  • Late evening call for Amble RNLI lifeboat

    Amble lifeboat and The Wasp

  • Amble Shop

    Amble Shop

 

Image of lifeboat
 

 

Lifeboat name: Mildred Holcroft

Lifeboat class: D class

Read more about the D class


Image of lifeboat

 

Lifeboat name: The Four Boys

Lifeboat class: Mersey

Funded by: Lands End Lifeboat Appeal, Sennen Cove Lifeboat Appeal, London Broadcasting Company Appeal, bequests of Clement Holland and Pattie Hiddleston, together wtih other gifts and legacies

Read more about the Mersey

 

The Institution placed a lifeboat at Amble in 1842 but it appears from records that it was closed in 1852 when a station was opened at Hauxley.  A list of lifeboats dated 1848 shows that a lifeboat, built by Wake of Sunderland in 1828, was at Amble in 1848.  This boat was previously at Blyth where in 1841 it capsized with the loss of 10 men.  The station was re-established in 1939 when Hauxley was closed.  At that time Amble Harbour had been well dredged by the Air Ministry.  The lifeboat is kept afloat.

1966
Inshore lifeboat station established in May with D class lifeboat.  Operational summer months only.

1970
Bronze Medals awarded to Coxswain William Henderson and crew members James Stewart, Andrew Scott and Robert Stewart.  Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Second Coxswain John Connell, Acting Bowman Ronald Falcous, Mechanic Ronald Sabiston, Assistant Mechanic Hugh Matthews and crew member Hugh R Matthews.  Framed Letters of Appreciation signed by the Chairman of the Institution awarded to skin divers J B Sample and E Bramhan for a service on 29 September 1969.  These awards were made for the combined operation of the all weather and inshore lifeboat for the help given to the RAF pinnace No 1386 that capsized off Amble Head.  When two men were spotted clinging to a lifebuoy the ILB went through heavily breaking sea, at great personal risk to the crew, pulled the two survivors aboard and landed them at the harbour.  The all weather lifeboat after spotting a man with seas breaking over him, clinging to the pinnace went alongside enabling James Stuart to jump onto the hull of the casualty and help the man into the lifeboat.  Knocking was heard from inside the craft and as she could not be righted she was towed, with great difficulty, into the harbour where after a number of unsuccessful attempts RN divers using cutter gear cut through the bottom of the pinnace and freed the man inside.  Three bodies were recovered later from among the rocks.  The awards to Robert Stewart and Andre Scott were the first medals for a service carried out in an inshore lifeboat.

The Ralph Glister Award for the most meritorious service of the year carried out by the crew of an inshore lifeboat of the Institution was awarded to Robert Stewart and Andrew Scott for their part in the above service.

1978
Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Helmsman Matthew Stuart and crew member Ian Matthew in recognition of the skill and determination they displayed when the inshore lifeboat carried out a search in a rocky area for a boy who had been washed off the South Pier in a fresh northerly wind and a confused sea and recovered the body in dangerous conditions close in under the sea wall on 19 August 1977.

1991
Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Second Coxswain Rodney Burge in recognition of his high standard of seamanship and boat handling skill when the lifeboat Thomas James King on temporary station duty at Amble under his command rescued the crew of four from the fishing coble Treasure in difficulties approximately two miles off Alnmouth and also rescued the crew of two of the yacht Fair Beagle and saved the yacht in a violent storm steep seas and heavy rain on 6 October 1990.

1999
The Institution’s last Waveney class lifeboat, ON1004, Margaret Graham left the station, and the service of the institution on 24 July.  At the helm was Coxswain Rodney Burge who retired on 22 August 1999 after 30 years of service.  A Mersey class lifeboat lifeboat ON1176 The Four Boys was placed on service at on 22 July 1999.

2000
Work commenced in May on a new pontoon berth.

2001
A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution, Mr Peter Nicholson, presented to Coxswain John Connell in recognition of his leadership and boathandling skills when he put a crew member and a pump on board the historic sailing drifter Reaper in gale force conditions in the early hours of the morning of 8 August 2001.  The Amble all weather lifeboat then escorted the Reaper to the safety of Amble Harbour.

2002
A new D class boathouse and crew facilities constructed at a cost of £304,049 and completed in December.

2003
An individual Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman on the Institution, Mr Peter Nicholson was presented to Helmsman John Sim, crew member Esmond Coulter and crew member Christopher Nisbet in recognition of their determination and courage in attempting the rescue of a man swept into the sea.  The lifeboat was taken into an area notorious for its extreme sea conditions and was capsized during the attempted rescue.

MEDAL RECORD
Four Bronze Medals have been awarded to this station.