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Blackpool Lifeboat Station

Blackpool Lifeboat Station

Blackpool Lifeboat Station is one of only two lifeboat stations that have three inshore lifeboats - an Atlantic 75 and two D class lifeboats. The lifeboat crews have been presented with 11 awards for gallantry during its 141-year history.

This station is classed as an Explore station. Explore stations offer the best visitor experience. With free access, you can go inside and look around the station, see the lifeboat and, in most cases, pre-book a tour. They are normally open all year and have an RNLI gift shop. 

 

Recent launches from this station

Date Time
26/09/2014 23:58
26/09/2014 23:50
17/09/2014 20:59
11/09/2014 21:55
07/09/2014 22:37
07/09/2014 15:42
30/08/2014 13:00
14/08/2014 17:11
14/08/2014 17:06
08/08/2014 11:09

Latest news from this station

  • Blackpool Tower turns orange and blue for RNLI birthday

    Blackpool Tower turns orange and blue for RNLI birthday

    22-10-2014

    In July of this year Blackpool’s RNLI volunteers celebrated 150 years of saving lives at sea. Since 1864 the charity’s lifeboats in Blackpool have launched on more than 1900 occasions and have rescued 625 people.

  • Blackpool RNLI lifeboat station free family fun day Saturday 23 August 2014

    Blackpool RNLI lifeboat station free family fun day Saturday 23 August 2014

    17-08-2014

    Blackpool RNLI lifeboat station will open its doors to the public on Saturday 23rd August 2014 for a free family fun day. The fun starts at 10am and will keep the whole family entertained with live rescue demonstrations, games, competitions and much more

  • Blackpool RNLI volunteers rescue stranded dinghy

    Blackpool RNLI volunteers rescue stranded dinghy

    24-07-2014

    As the RNLI prepared to launch its nationwide drowning prevention campaign, Respect the Water, Blackpool’s RNLI volunteers were diverted away from their weekly training exercise on Wednesday evening to assist a stranded dinghy with two people on board.

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Forecasts for Blackpool Lifeboat Station

Station address:

Blackpool Lifeboat Station
Central Promenade
Blackpool
Lancashire
FY1 5JA

Station telephone:

01253 620424

Station opening times:

10am–4pm daily

Accessibility:

Disabled Access

Visitor contact:

Keith Horrocks

Visitor contact telephone:

01253 620424
07980 950246

Shop telephone:

01253 290816

Shop opening times:

Easter–October
Monday–Sunday
10am–4pm

November-Easter
Saturday-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.

 

  • Blackpool Tower

    Blackpool Tower

  • Poster advertising Blackpool RNLI lifeboat station open day which takes place on 23rd August 2014.

    Blackpool RNLI Lifeboat Station Open Day 23/8/14

  • Blackpool's RNLI volunteers divert from training exercise to search for a dinghy with engine failure.  The dinghy was blown three miles offshore by strong offshore winds.

    Blackpool RNLI Atlantic & D class search for stranded dinghy

  • Blackpool RNLI volunteers search for a dinghy with engine failure.  The casualty was located three miles offshore.

    Blackpool RNLI volunteers assist stranded dinghy

  • Blackpool's RNLI lifeboat Maria Noble.  Served at the station from 1961 - 1969 launching on 26 occasions, rescuing 3 people.

    Blackpoll RNLI lifeboat Maria Noble 1961-1969

  • Blackpool RNLI Atlantic 85 launching through the surf.

    Blackpool RNLI Atlantic 85 William & Eleanor

  • Blackpool RNLI volunteer crew outside the lifeboat station in 2013.

    Blackpool RNLI Volunteer Crew 2013

  • Blackpool's Atlantic 85 takes part in demonstration at Fleetwood RNLI open day 2014.

    Blackpool Atlantic 85 Demo

  • Lytham Lifeboat Her Majesty the Queen at sea

    Lytham Lifeboat at sea

  • Blackpool & Lytham RNLI take part in a multi agency search for 2 over due jet ski riders who were eventually found stranded on a sandbank in Lytham.

Photo shows Lytham

    Blackpool & Lytham RNLI assist stranded jet ski riders

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    Blackpol RNLI

  • Blackpool RNLI volunteers enter the water to help the casualty into D class lifeboat

    Blackpool RNLI enter water to assist casualty

  • Blackpool RNLI volunteers enter the water to help casualty into D class

    Blackpool RNLI help casualty into D class

  • Blackpool RNLI volunteers arrive on scene to find casualty in the water.

    Blackpool RNLI respond to man in the water

  • Blackpool RNLI volunteers assist a woman cut off by the tide during a busy bank holiday weekend.

    Woman cut off by tide

  • RNLI Blackpool volunteers assist a woman cut off by the tide.  Image shows casualty in D class.

    RNLI Blackpool assist woman cut off by tide

  • Blackpool RNLI volunteers bring casualty to safety of the lifeboat station.

    Blackpool RNLI volunteers take casualty to safety

  • Blackpool RNLI Atlantic 85 launching through surf.

    Blackpool RNLI Atlantic 85

  • Storm waves batter Blackpool RNLI lifeboat station as promenade is flooded. 05.12.13

    Storm batters Blackpool RNLI lifeboat station

  • Lytham RNLI lifeboat station flooded by tidal surge 05.12.13

    Lytham RNLI lifeboat station flooded by storm surge 05.12.13

  • Blackpool RNLI lifeboat station enduring tidal surge storm conditions 05.12.13

    Blackpool RNLI lifeboat station enduring the storm 05.12.13

  • Behind the scenes - filming at Lyme Regis for the RNLI's lifesaving gifts film

    Behind the scenes - filming at Lyme Regis for the RNLI's lifesaving gifts film

  • RNLI Lifesaving Gifts film on YouTube

    RNLI Lifesaving Gifts film on YouTube

  • Ben James, RNLI Tenby volunteer crew member (archive photo)

    Ben James, RNLI Tenby volunteer crew member (archive photo)

  • Blackpool RNLI volunteer crewmember Richard Williams onboard the safety boat after completing his world first three way swim of the Corryvreckan.

    Richard Williams after completing his world first Corryvreckan swim

  • Richard Williams RNLI volunteer crewmember in RNLI Inshore Lifeboat kit.

    Richard Williams - Volunteer Crewmember RNLI Blackpool

  • Blackpool RNLI Atlantic 85 B867 William & Eleanor launches through the surf.

    Blackpool RNLI Atlantic 85 B867 William & Eleanor

  • Poster for Blackpool RNLI lifeboat station 24th August 2013.

    Open Day Poster 2013

  • Blackpool RNLI take a vessel under tow having launched to assist a family of four stranded on a motor boat with engine failure.  The people onboard the casualty vessel were suffering from heat exhaustion and sea sickness.

    Blackpool RNLI launch to assist a family of four

  • Blackpool RNLI volunteers launched to assist a family of four stranded on a motor boat with engine failure.  The people onboard the casualty vessel were suffering from heat exhaustion and sea sickness.

    RNLI Blackpool launch to assist a family of four

  • Blackpool RNLI volunteers launched to assist a family of four stranded on a motor boat with engine failure.  The people onboard the casualty vessel were suffering from heat exhaustion and sea sickness.

    RNLI Blackpool assist a family of four

  • Blackpool's new Atlantic 85 lifeboat William and Eleanor in action

    Blackpool's new Atlantic 85 lifeboat William and Eleanor

  • Mr William Seed who's generous legacy has funded Blackpool's new Atlantic 85 William and Eleanor

    Mr William Seed

  • Blackpool RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew and shorehelpers outside the lifeboat station.

    RNLI Blackpool Volunteer Lifeboat and Shore Crew March 2013

  • Blackpool RNLI’s new Atlantic 85 lifeboat in action

    Blackpool Atlantic 85

  • Blackpool RNLI’s new Atlantic 85 lifeboat in action

    Blackpool Atlantic 85

  • Keith Horrocks MBE, newly appointed volunteer lifeboat operations manager at Blackpool RNLI lifeboat station.

    Keith Horrocks MBE

  • Rowland Darbyshire Blackpool RNLI LIfeboat Operations Manager in 1986.

    Rowland Darbyshire Blackpool RNLI LIfeboat Operations Manager in 1986.

  • Rowland Darbyshire RNLI Blackpool volunteer lifeboat operations manager retires after nearly 35 years of service

    Rowland Darbyshire RNLI Blackpool volunteer lifeboat operations manager

  • Two Blackpool RNLI inshore lifeboats to be officially named

    Two Blackpool RNLI inshore lifeboats to be officially named

  • Let your legacy be a lifesaver – RNLI launches free wills scheme in Lancashire

    Let your legacy be a lifesaver – RNLI launches free wills scheme in Lancashire

  • RNLI roadshow comes to Blackpool

    RNLI roadshow comes to Blackpool

  • Sea search for missing teenager at Blackpool

    Sea search for missing teenager at Blackpool

  • Dedicated RNLI volunteers from north of England honoured by HRH Prince Michael of Kent

    Dedicated RNLI volunteers from north of England honoured by HRH Prince Michael of Kent

  • Two new Blackpool RNLI lifeboats go into service

    Two new Blackpool RNLI lifeboats go into service

  • RNLI SOS Day message in a bottle washes up in Blackpool

    RNLI SOS Day message in a bottle washes up in Blackpool-1

  • RNLI SOS Day message in a bottle washes up in Blackpool

    RNLI SOS Day message in a bottle washes up in Blackpool

  • It’s show time for the Blackpool RNLI crew and their new lifeboat

    It’s show time for the Blackpool RNLI crew and their new lifeboat-1

  • It’s show time for the Blackpool RNLI crew and their new lifeboat

    It’s show time for the Blackpool RNLI crew and their new lifeboat

  • RNLI advises beach-goers to stay safe ahead of the Diamond Jubilee weekend

    RNLI advises beach-goers to stay safe ahead of the Diamond Jubilee weekend-4

  • RNLI advises beach-goers to stay safe ahead of the Diamond Jubilee weekend

    RNLI advises beach-goers to stay safe ahead of the Diamond Jubilee weekend-3

  • RNLI advises beach-goers to stay safe ahead of the Diamond Jubilee weekend

    RNLI advises beach-goers to stay safe ahead of the Diamond Jubilee weekend-2

  • RNLI advises beach-goers to stay safe ahead of the Diamond Jubilee weekend

    RNLI advises beach-goers to stay safe ahead of the Diamond Jubilee weekend-1

  • RNLI advises beach-goers to stay safe ahead of the Diamond Jubilee weekend

    RNLI advises beach-goers to stay safe ahead of the Diamond Jubilee weekend

  • Blackpool RNLI volunteers launch to two inflatables in the space of one hour

    Blackpool RNLI volunteers launch to two inflatables in the space of one hour

  • Second day of multiple rescues for Blackpool RNLI volunteers

    Second day of multiple rescues for Blackpool RNLI volunteers

  • Blackpool RNLI volunteer lifeboat crewmembers receive new lifesaving equipment

    Blackpool RNLI volunteer crewmembers are presented with new lifejackets

  • Blackpool RNLI volunteers launch to two incidents on Sunday evening

    Blackpool RNLI volunteers assist a kayaker

  • Blackpool RNLI volunteers launch to two incidents on Sunday evening

    Blackpool RNLI volunteers assist a kayaker

  • Blackpool RNLI volunteers launch to two incidents on Sunday evening

    Blackpool RNLI volunteers assist a kayaker

  • Blackpool and Lytham mayday call to a yacht

    Blackpool and Lytham respond to Mayday

  • Blackpool and Lytham mayday call to a yacht

    Volunteers help stranded yacht

  • Blackpool and Lytham mayday call to a yacht

    Volunteers help stranded yacht

  • Blackpool RNLI volunteer Shaun Wright provides Olympic safety boat cover

    RNLI Blackpool Volunteer Shaun Wright Olympics

  • Blackpool RNLI volunteer Shaun Wright provides Olympic safety boat cover

    RNLI volunteer Shaun Wright at the Olympics

  • Blackpool RNLI volunteer Shaun Wright provides Olympic safety boat cover

    RNLI Blackpool volunteer Shaun Wright/B Ainslie

  • Blackpool RNLI lifeboat volunteers save a swimmer in difficulty

    Blackpool swimmer rescue

  • Blackpool RNLI lifeboat volunteers save a swimmer in difficulty

    Blackpool swimmer rescue

  • Blackpool RNLI lifeboat volunteers save a swimmer in difficulty

    Blackpool rescue

  • Blackpool RNLI lifeboat volunteers save a swimmer in difficulty

    Blackpool swimmer rescue

  • Blackpool RNLI lifeboat volunteers save a swimmer in difficulty

    Still from video footage

  • Blackpool D class in surf. Photo: Martin Fish

    Blackpool D class in surf. Photo: Martin Fish

  • Blackpool D class launching into the sunset. Photo: Chris Taylor

    Blackpool D class launching into the sunset. Photo: Chris Taylor

 

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Lifeboat nameBasil Eric Brooks

Lifeboat class: D class

Funded by: Legacy of Basil Eric Brooks

Read more about the D class

 

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Lifeboat name: Bickerstaffe

Lifeboat class: B class

Funded by: local funds

Read more about the B class

 

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 Lifeboat name: Eileen Mary George

 Lifeboat class: D class

 Funded by: legacy of Mrs Eileen Mary George

 Read more about the D class

 

This station was established by the Institution in 1864.  The cost of the lifeboat was defrayed by the widow and daughter of Mr R W Hopkins of Preston and named Robert William in his memory.

1864
Lifeboat house constructed at a cost of £170.

1880
A member of the crew, J Rimmer died from the crushing of one of his feet by being run over by the carriage when the lifeboat was preparing to take part in a fe^te on the occasion of Lord Derby's visit to Blackpool.

Voted Silver Medal to Coxswain Bickerstaffe for his brave and skilful exertions during the rescue of four people from the schooner Bessie Jones which was wrecked on Salthouse Bank during a heavy north west gale on 26 February.

1886
Coxswain Robert Bickerstaffe was washed out of the lifeboat but fortunately regained the boat.

Hon Secretary suggested that some better means of summoning the crew after dark than the bell be provided.  A messenger was substituted for the bell.

1887
Coxswain Bickerstaffe awarded the Silver Medal on his retirement.

1896
Institution asked to contribute to local fund to provide new instruments and uniform for the local Lifeboat Band.

1897
Lord Nelson's old Flagship Foudroyant which had been in Blackpool for exhibition purposes was totally wrecked in a gale and a very heavy sea.  Twenty people on board were rescued by the lifeboat.

1904
The promenade was being widened and the lifeboat had to be taken half a mile before reaching the only slipway.

1907
Electric light service provided to lifeboat house.

1923
Honary Secretary, Mr Tatham, awarded aneroid barometer for his services in a shore boat case at Fleetwood.  His son, Joseph Tatham aged 10 received a copy of 'Britain's Lifeboats'.

1937
The boat was named and the new lifeboat house opened by the Duke of Kent.  This was the first naming ceremony in which he had taken part after he became President of the Institution.

1940
Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain R Parr and a Bronze Medal awarded to Mechanic Thomas E Rimmer in connection with the service to the Pilot boat Charles Livingstone that went aground in bad weather conditions on 26 November 1939.  Two of the crew were washed out of the lifeboat in this service but were recovered.  In all, six lifeboats took part in the search and rescue.

1964
Centenary Vellum awarded to station.

1965
D Class lifeboat sent to the station in May.

1975
Conventional lifeboat withdrawn from station 6 May.  Atlantic 21 lifeboat sent to station on 21 May for evaluation trials.  Became Blackpool's No 2 station boat with the D class as the No 1 station lifeboat.

1979
Atlantic 21 lifeboat withdrawn and a second D class sent to station.

1980
On 28 July the D Class inflatable lifeboat was launched after a report had been received that a woman was in danger of drowning.  The unconscious woman was hauled from the water and given artificial respiration by the two crew members, Keith Horrocks and Peter Canham, and she later recovered.  The Liverpool Shipwreck Association awarded scrolls to Keith Horrocks and Peter Canham.

1981
A Framed letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution, the Duke of Atholl, awarded to Helmsman K Horrocks in recognition of the high degree of seamanship he displayed when the 'D' Class lifeboat rescued the crew of three of a 17 foot catamaran with an outboard engine failure in difficulties about half a mile offshore at Squire Gate on 13 June.

1988
Bronze Medals awarded to Helmsman Keith Horrocks and Helmsman Philip Denham in recognition of the courage, skill and determination displayed when both inshore lifeboats were involved in the rescue of two people in a fresh north westerly breeze and very confused seas on 6 January 1988.  Keith Horrocks was Helmsman of D310 which rescued one of the crew of the Peebles which capsized one and three quarter miles south by west of the lifeboat station, and Helmsman Philip Denham was helmsman of D300 which rescued the sole occupant of the Dijon which was in difficulties one and a quarter miles north-north-west of the lifeboat station.  Crew members Stuart Cottam, Terence Rogers, Robert Browell and Alan Parr were accorded the Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum for the part they took in this service.

1996
Atlantic 75 class lifeboat B-718 was placed on service on 26 June.

1998
New boathouse completed September.

1999
A new B class Atlantic 75 lifeboat, B-748 Bickerstaffe was placed on service on Friday 25 September.  B-722 withdrawn to ILC Cowes

2000
The new station D class lifeboat D-558 William & Rose Nall was placed on service on 12 September 2000.  This lifeboat was provided by a donation from Godfrey and Desmond Nall of Cheswick Green, Solihull in memory of their parents.  Lifeboat D-429 has been withdrawn to Poole Depot.

2010
The D class lifeboats D-729 Eileen Mary George and D-732 Basil Eric Brooks were named in memory of the two local supporters of the charity whose legacies funded the vessels.  Placed on service 30 March 2010.

MEDAL RECORD
Six Medals have been awarded, three Silver and three Bronze, the last being voted in 1988.