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Bridlington Lifeboat Station

Bridlington Lifeboat Station

Over its 200-year history, Bridlington Lifeboat Station crew have been presented with over 50 awards for gallantry, the last in 2004. The station operates both inshore and all weather lifeboats from two separate sites. 

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. 

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Station address:

Bridlington Lifeboat Station
South Marine Drive
Bridlington
North Humberside
YO15 3JJ

Station telephone:

01262 672450

Station opening times:

9am–4pm Monday–Friday

Visitor contact:

Chris Brompton

Visitor contact telephone:

01262 672450

Shop telephone:

01262 675600 (South Marine Drive)

01262 401646 (King Street)

Shop opening times:

King Street shop–open all year round

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.

 

  • Bridlington RNLI crew member at the scene of the crash The picture also shows RAF Leconfield search and rescue helicopter.

    Bridlington RNLI crew member at the scene of the crash.

  • Bridlington RNLI practising their Steps

    Bridlington RNLI practising their Steps

  • The three RNLI volunteers involved in the rescue, L-R, Jamie Mchale, Chris Brompton, Pete Jones.

    Bridlington inshore lifeboat crew rescue drowning man

  • Multi-agency rescue Bridlington 2

    Multi-agency rescue Bridlington 2

  • Multi-agency rescue Bridlington

    Multi-agency rescue Bridlington

  • Bridlington RNLI practising their footwork

    Bridlington RNLI practising their footwork

  • Bridlington lifeboat Mechanic Christopher Brompton receiving cheque from Adam Macarthur of Quay Television & crew man Ashley Traves.

    Cheque Presentation

  • Bridlington lifeboat and Sarah Leanne

    Bridlington lifeboat and Sarah Leanne

  • Inshore lifeboat returns to beach after helping Jet Ski

    Inshore lifeboat returns to beach

  • Scarborough pre-event fundraising

    Scarborough pre-event fundraising

  • Team Scarborough - the winners!

    Team Scarborough - the winners!

  • Rookie the Reindeer will visit the shops

    Rookie the Reindeer will visit the shops

  • RNLI souvenir shop

    RNLI souvenir shop

  • The RNLI 'thank you' meal

    The RNLI 'thank you' meal

  • Bestwick family receive RNLI award

    Bestwick family receive RNLI award

  • Barbara Scrimshaw and Hilary Darnbrough being presented with RNLI award by Hannah Garnett

    Barbara Scrimshaw and Hilary Darnbrough RNLI award

  • Edwina Hayes with Steve Kinroy and Jane Heaton

    Edwina Hayes with Steve Kinroy and Jane Heaton

  • Bridlington RNLI visit 2

    Bridlington RNLI visit 2

  • Bridlington RNLI visit

    Bridlington RNLI visit

  • Ade Edmondson in the Windsor Spirit pub

    Ade Edmondson in the Windsor Spirit pub

  • Ade Edmundson and RNLI Bridlington lifeboat crew

    Richie Preston, Ade Edmundson and RNLI Bridlington lifeboat crew

  • Bridlington RNLI recover stricken vessel

    Bridlington RNLI take over tow

  • 2nd Coxswain and Asst. Mechanic discuss service

    John Irving and Steve Purvis

  • Crew monitor tow

    Crew Rig Tow

  • The dinghy being recovered by Bridlington RNLI.

    The dinghy being recovered by Bridlington RNLI

  • Flamborough, Filey and Bridlington RNLI lifeboats called to assist tug in difficulty

    Flamborough, Filey and Bridlington RNLI lifeboats called to assist tug in difficulty

  • RNLI Flood Rescue Team return from major European training exercise

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team return from major European training exercise

  • RNLI Flood Rescue Team in Europe's biggest emergency drill

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team in Europe's biggest emergency drill-1

  • RNLI Flood Rescue Team in Europe's biggest emergency drill

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team in Europe's biggest emergency drill

  • Yorkshire’s newest RNLI lifeboat goes into service

    Yorkshire’s newest RNLI lifeboat goes into service

  • Serene crew and the lifeboat with the sinking boat

    Serene crew and the lifeboat with the sinking boat

  • The inshore lifeboat and offshore lifeboat attempt tow

    The inshore lifeboat and offshore lifeboat attempt tow

  • RNLI retirement - Valerie Nixon

    RNLI retirement - Valerie Nixon

  • Bridlington RNLI lifeboat coxswain receives RNLI long service award

    Bridlington RNLI lifeboat coxswain receives RNLI long service award

  • The Great Gale monument

    The Great Gale monument

  • The graves of the lost lifeboatmen

    The graves of the lost lifeboatmen

  • RNLI Flood Rescue Team takes part in major emergency training exercise

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team takes part in major emergency training exercise

  • RNLI Bridlington lifeboat crew member takes part in major flood rescue exercise

    RNLI Bridlington lifeboat crew member takes part in major flood rescue exercise

  • RNLI Flood Rescue Team set for major training exercise.

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team set for major training exercise.

  • Surfer sparks RNLI lifeboat launch

    Surfer sparks RNLI lifeboat launch

  • Bridlington RNLI Lifeboat Crew help Hornsea fishermen

    Bridlington RNLI Lifeboat Crew help Hornsea fishermen

  • Severe weather conditions at Bridlington tear pleasure boat from moorings

    Yorkshire Bell being blown onto The Heidi J

  • Bridlington lifeboat volunteers receive Diamond Jubilee medals from the Mayor

    Bridlington lifeboat crew receive Jubilee medals

  • Charity cylists return to Bridlington lifeboat station

    Charity cylists return to Bridlington lifeboat station

  • Bridlington lifeboats' busy weekend

    Bridlington lifeboats' busy weekend

  • Bridlington RNLI volunteer undertakes flood rescue training

    Bridlington RNLI volunteer undertakes flood rescue training

  • £1 million support helps fund RNLI lifesavers from Bridlington

    Kevin Read and Graham Taylor

  • Bridlington lifeboat aids trawler with engine problems eight miles from harbour

    Bridlington lifeboat aids trawler with engine problems eight miles from harbour

  • Bridlington RNLI volunteer receives national award from the Duke of Gloucester

    Bridlington RNLI volunteer receives national award from the Duke of Gloucester

  • Bridlington lifeboat saves kitesurfer

    Bridlington lifeboat saves kitesurfer

  • Bridlington RNLI presentation dinner

    Bridlington RNLI presentation dinner

  • Local Entertainers raise funds for RNLI

    Local Entertainers raise funds for RNLI-1

  • Local Entertainers raise funds for RNLI

    Local Entertainers raise funds for RNLI

  • Local Entertainers raise funds for RNLI

    Local Entertainers raise funds for RNLI-2

  • Local Entertainers raise funds for RNLI

    Local Entertainers raise funds for RNLI

  • Local Entertainers raise funds for RNLI

    Local Entertainers raise funds for RNLI-1

  • Bridlington crewman to recieve long service award

    Bridlington crewman to recieve long service award

  • Bridlington crewman to recieve long service award

    Bridlington crewman to recieve long service award

  • A special launch for Bridlington RNLI all-weather lifeboat

    A special launch for Bridlington RNLI lifeboat

  • Bridlington volunteer crew praised for rescue of tombstoners

    Bridlington volunteer crew praised for rescue of tombstoners

  • Bridlington Inshore Lifeboat goes to the aid of man in the water

    Bridlington Inshore Lifeboat goes to the aid of man in the water

  • RNLI Bridlington lifeboat crew to go to Olympics

    RNLI Bridlington lifeboat crew to go to Olympics

  • A unique launch for Bridlington lifeboat

    A unique launch for Bridlington lifeboat

  • Bridlington volunteers try in vain to save stranded whale

    Bridlington lifeboat crew stand by as attempts are made to help the whale

  • Bridlington RNLI lifeboat needed twice in a matter of days

    Bridlington lifeboat following the launch

  • Blue Peter badge for Bridlington RNLI crew

    Bethany presents Blue Peter badge

  • Five-year-old girl saved by Bridlington RNLI volunteers

    Grant Walkington and Stu Tibbett

  • Five-year-old girl saved by Bridlington RNLI volunteers

    Bridlington lifeboat launching

  • Fishermen towed home by Bridlington lifeboat

    Zolotoy safely berthed

  • Fishermen towed home by Bridlington lifeboat

    Bridlington lifeboat and Zolotoy off the harbour

  • Bridlington Shop

    Bridlington Shop

 

Image of lifeboat
 

 

Lifeboat nameMarine Engineer

Lifeboat class: Mersey

Funded by: Institute of Marine Engineers together with other gifts and legacies

Read more about the Mersey

 
Image of lifeboat

 

Lifeboat name: Windsor Spirit

Lifeboat class: D class

Funded by: Funds raised by the Windsor Hotel, Bridlington

Read more about the D class

 

 

FISHERMAN’S SUNDAY
Each year a memorial service is held in memory of the great gale at Bridlington on 10 February 1871, when 70 lives were lost and 30 ships were wrecked.  Two lifeboats put out from Bridlington to a large number of wrecks – the Institution’s lifeboat and a smaller one not owned or administered by the Institution (there were at that time many such lifeboats).  It appears that the crew of the small lifeboat were exhausted by their exertions and their place was taken by a volunteer crew.  Unfortunately the boat, the Harbinger presented to the Bowman of Bridlington by Count Gustave Batthyany, capsized with loss of six of her crew of nine.

1805
Greathead supplied a lifeboat to Bridlington.

1828
Silver Medal awarded to John Usher and monetary awards to 13 other men for the rescue (by the lifeboat) of three of the crew of the schooner Fox of Montrose, which ran aground in a tremendous gale while bound from Pillau to Yarmouth with a cargo of linseed on 10 January.  Three apprentices who launched the ship’s boat before the arrival of the lifeboat were drowned.

1834
Silver Medal awarded to George Gray and monetary awards to 10 other men for the rescue of six people on board the sloop Eagle of Peterhead, which ran aground and was wrecked at Bridlington on 24 October.  Mr Gray rode out into the surf on a horse and passed a rope by which means a warp was hauled to the shore.  He dismounted and went into the surf on foot and holding the warp helped ashore the survivors in spite of being buried by waves several times.

1864
A New lifeboat house erected at a cost of £189.

1865
Silver Medal and £2 awarded to Thomas Frankish ‘a youth’ in recognition of his daring conduct in rescuing a man who had been washed out of a coble in a heavy sea at the mouth of Bridlington Harbour on 10 October.  Mr Frankish was lowered over the pier into the boiling surf that threatened to dash him to pieces against the pier wall.

1867
Silver Medal and £2 awarded to James Harrington, in recognition of his gallant conduct in wading into the surf and rescuing, at the risk of his life, four of the crew of the brig Charlotte of Sunderland, which was wrecked during a strong north-north-easterly gale on 1 January.  Monetary awards were granted to two men who assisted in the rescue.

1871
A fearful gale took place on this part of the coast on 10 February and the lifeboat saved the crews of three wrecked vessels consisting of 16 men.  A private lifeboat that had been presented by Count Batthyany also put off but on her sixth trip she capsized with the loss of six of her crew of nine.  Committee of Management voted 100 guineas to local fund.

1872
Gas and water services provided.

1886
Whilst on service to the brig Orb of Whitby on 8 December, one man was washed out of the lifeboat but was recovered.

1890
Silver Medal awarded to Henry Hutchinson for saving life during a northerly gale with a moderate sea on 7 April.  He took in tow a rowing boat that was in distress, her six occupants boarding his coble.  Soon afterwards another boat capsized and he rescued the crew of two.

1893
Silver Medals and monetary awards to Christopher Brown, Fred Brown, Thomas Clark, Richard Purvis and John Usher for putting off in a coble at 1am and rescuing, the crew of six of the schooner Victoria of Aberdeen, which sank off Bridlington in a strong gale and heavy sea on 19 November.  Mr Brown and crew put off in a 24 foot coble and took off the Master and four men before being told that another person remain aboard, they then managed to rescue him.  The return journey was a nightmare experience with snow and hail added to the fury of the wind and sea.

1896
Tippings launching poles used for the first time.

1897
A sea wall was being constructed and the Institution contributed £200 towards the cost of a slipway for use of lifeboat.

At a service launch on 13 December 1897 the wheels of the carriage sank into the sand and Mr Rogers, a journalist, was knocked down and killed.  Committee of Management voted £50 to widow.

1898
On 25 March the private lifeboat Seagull was launched but was smashed against the sea wall.  The crew were saved but in endeavouring to help them, Chrstopher Brown missed his footing on the steps and lost his life.  Committee of Mangement voted £25 to local fund.

1901
Site of lifeboat house acquired by Town Council for street improvements.

1903
Lifeboat house constructed on a new site at a cost of more than £1,000.

1904
The sum of £75 received for old lifeboat houses and site.

1907
The sum of £17 10 0d paid as compensation for injury to a horse at an exercise.

1915
Lifeboat was launched to a mine sweeper in March.  Robert Carr, who was riding one of the launching horses, was swept out to sea and drowned.  Two of the horses were also drowned.  The second rider was saved only by being hauled into the lifeboat as she was carried past him.  Committee of Management voted £100 to dependant relatives.

The sum of £3 awarded to member of Life-Saving Apparatus team for saving a horseman.

Acetylene beach light supplied.

1928
A Centenary Vellum awarded to station.

1952
Lifeboat capsized on service off Flamborough on 19 August and Bowman Redhead lost his life.  The lifeboat had gone out to rescue two girl bathers.  A memorial plaque was placed in the Bridlington lifeboat house and unveiled by Lady Hotham, wife of the President of the Branch.

1964
Assistant Mechanic J Shippey died half an hour after reaching his home following a launch on service on 18 May.  Death was considered to have been accelerated by the lifeboat service and his widow was paid a pension by RNLI.

1966
A D class lifeboat sent to station in April.

1967
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Coxswain John E King and additional monetary award to crew and helpers in connection with the lifeboat service on 6 January when the motor fishing vessel Normanby and crew of four were saved.

Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to H T Wood and A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution to R Cooper in connection with the ILB service on 26 March, when two youths who had fallen over the cliffs were rescued.

1968
Bronze Medal awarded to Coxswain John E King and the Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to the remaining members of the crew for standing by the motor vessel Maria F and rescuing the female cook.  The vessel was dragging onto a lee shore one mile east by south of Bridlington Harbour on 4/5 February, in a south-easterly gale and very rough sea.

1969
Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Coxswain John E King and framed Letters of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution awarded to the remaining six members of the crew for a service to the trawler Flamborogh Light, which had grounded on the harbour bar and was in danger of drifting onto rocks by the South Pier on 16 November.  The trawler and the crew of four were successfully saved.

1970
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum were accorded to crew member F Walkington and Framed Letters of Thanks signed by the Chairman awarded to Coxswain King and the five remaining crew members for a service on 13 September to the cabin cruiser Tiger Moth II.  The casualty was safely towed into harbour after Mr Walkington had jumped from the lifeboat onto the cabin cruiser to secure the tow line; the occupants being unable to help due to seasickness and exhaustion.

1972
Bronze Medal Second-Service clasp awarded to Coxswain John E King for the part he played in rescuing the motor fishing vessel My Susanne and her crew of four on 24 January.  The lifeboat’s crew of six received medal service certificates.  The motor fishing vessel My Susanne, which had broached broadside onto the beach and was rolling and grinding on the rocky shore, was eventually and after great difficulty freed and towed safely back into harbour.

Framed Letters of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution were presented to Coxswain John E King and crew member K Bentley for a service in the inshore lifeboat on 10 September when a motor boat was saved and her crew of three were rescued in very rough seas.

1973
Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain John E King and The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum were accorded to the other members of the crew George William Traves, Denis Atkins, Roderick William Stott, Anthony John Ayre, Fred Walkington, Kenneth Bently for the rescue of five crew of the motor fishing vessel White Knight which had broken down and was dragging her anchor, and heading into a hurricane in reduced visibility 10 miles south by east of Bridlington on 2 April. 

1974
A celebration 150th Anniversary Vellum awarded.

1979
Bronze Medal to Coxswain Fred Walkington in recognition of the courage, leadership and initiative displayed by him when the lifeboat was launched in very severe weather conditions to the assistance of the West German cargo vessel Sunnanhav, which had broken down eight miles north east of Flamborough Head in a violent north easterly storm with extremely poor visibility due to heavy snow, sub-zero temperatures and a very heavy sea on 15 February.

1980
Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Coxswain Fred Walkington in recognition of the leadership, skill and determination displayed by him when the lifeboat rescued the crew of three of the fishing coble Three Fevers II which sank off the Canch sandbank and assisted other cobles into harbour in a strong north easterly gale and a very rough sea on 31 January.

1985
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Coxswain Fred Walkington in recognition of the skill and judgement displayed by him when the lifeboat under his command, after escorting four cobles to safety, rescued two adults and two children and saved the yacht Sula Sula which was in difficulties one mile north of Hornsea in an easterly gale and heavy breaking seas on 11 August.

1986
Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to the Helmsman of the D class inflatable lifeboat, Andrew Brompton, in recognition of the seamanship and determination displayed by him when the lifeboat rescued three people from a motor boat and a sailing dinghy that was in difficulties off Ulrome and Skipsea in a west-south-westerly gale and rough sea on 19 October.

1988
Boathouse was adapted to accommodate the new Mersey class lifeboat.  Oakley class lifeboat withdrawn and replaced by Mersey class lifeboat.

1989
Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution, Mr Michael Vernon, was presented to Helmsman Andrew Brompton in recognition of a service on 11 April when the inshore lifeboat rescued a board sailor North of Bridlington Harbour, North Pier, in rough sea conditions which continuously filled the lifeboat whilst crossing the bar.

1993
New D class boathouse was constructed on Princess Mary Promenade on the site of the previous small boathouse and adjoining shelter.  As well as housing the D class the new boathouse includes improved crew facilities.

2000
A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution awarded to Helmsman Andrew Day for helping to bring in the yacht Blue Chip and her crew of three on 8 June 2000.  The ILB was operating in shallow and disturbed water.

Bronze Medal Second Service Clasp awarded to Coxswain Fred Walkington and a Bronze Medal awarded to Assistant Mechanic Andrew Brompton for the rescue of the crew of five and the saving of the yacht Lobo in atrocious weather conditions on 11 July 2000.

The new station D class lifeboat D557 Lord Feoffees III was placed on service on 8 September 2000.  Lifeboat D426 has been withdrawn.

2001
Retired Coxswain Fred Walkington was honoured by Her Majesty The Queen in the New Years Honours, he became a Member, Order of the British Empire.

2004
Former Coxswain Roland Stork has been honoured by Her Majesty The Queen in the birthday honours list and made a Member, Order of the British Empire (MBE).

The Trustees of the Institution voted on 6 October that Bridlington is to received a Vellum to commemorate 200 years service as a lifeboat station in 2005.

A Framed Chairman’s Letter of Thanks awarded to Helmsman Duncan Stewart for his seamanship, boat-handling and decision making when the station D class inshore lifeboat saved the life of a windsurfer on 20 March 2004.  The service was conducted in off shore force 7 to 8 winds and the man had become entangled in a pot marker.  The lifeboat was in grave danger of being capsized because of the wind conditions.

2006
Helmsman Adrian Trower accorded the Thanks of the Institute inscribed on Vellum for the rescue of a man from the sea close inshore in a dangerous surf off Bridlington’s North Promenade – an area where an inshore lifeboat had capsized on service some years earlier.

2009
The new station D class lifeboat D721 Windsor Spirit was placed on service on 14 September. D557 has been withdrawn.

MEDAL RECORD
The men of Bridlington have won 16 medals, 11 Silver and five Bronze, the last being voted in 2000.