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Brighton Lifeboat Station

Brighton Lifeboat Station

Brighton Lifeboat Station originally operated an all-weather lifeboat and was established in the same year the RNLI formed. The station now operates an inshore lifeboat and has been presented with over 20 awards for gallantry.

​This station is classed as an Observe station. Observe stations also welcome visitors but many are in inaccessible places and best suited to maritime rescue rather than visits. However, they are situated in stunning locations so why not enjoy the local area, using the station as a starting point?

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Recent launches from this station

Date Time
13/04/2014 00:50
29/03/2014 01:54
16/03/2014 04:30
18/02/2014 12:43
25/12/2013 16:58
21/12/2013 02:27
11/12/2013 13:33
26/10/2013 05:44
26/10/2013 05:43
26/10/2013 05:40

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Station address:

Brighton Lifeboat Station
Brighton Marina
East Sussex
BN2 5UF

Station telephone:

General: 07802 474745

Media enquiries: 07740 861862

Station opening times:

By appointment only

Accessibility:

Parking

Visitor contact:

Roger Cohen

Visitor contact telephone:

07802 474745

Shop telephone:

01273 691915

Shop opening times:

Monday–Friday
10.30am–3pm

Saturday–Sunday
10.00am–4.00pm

 

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.

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  • Marcus Morris, pictured during training at the Lifeboat College in Poole

    Brighton RNLI crew member Marcus Morris

  • Pictured during the naming of the lifeboat 'Random Harvest'

    Brighton RNLI lifeboat station

  • England rugby star James Haskell launches RNLI Respect the Water campaign

    England rugby star James Haskell launches RNLI Respect the Water campaign

  • James Haskell, England rugby player, is supporting the RNLI's Respect the Water campaign

    James Haskell, England rugby player, is supporting the RNLI's Respect the Water campaign

  • RNLI Respect the Water logo

    RNLI Respect the Water logo

  • James Haskell, England rugby player, is supporting the RNLI's Respect the Water campaign

    James Haskell, England rugby player, is supporting the RNLI's Respect the Water campaign

  • James Haskell, England rugby player, is supporting the RNLI's Respect the Water campaign

    James Haskell, England rugby player, is supporting the RNLI's Respect the Water campaign

  • Get yer’ wellies on and have a ‘Stroll On Sunday’ to support RNLI’s biggest national fundraising day

    Get yer’ wellies on and have a ‘Stroll On Sunday’ to support RNLI’s biggest national fundraising day

  • RNLI Brighton lifeboat assists stricken single-handed yachtsman to safety

    RNLI Brighton lifeboat assists stricken single-handed yachtsman to safety

  • Hove and Portslade RNLI supporters celebrate fifty years of fundraising

    Hove and Portslade RNLI supporters celebrate fifty years of fundraising

  • RNLI Brighton Lifeboat volunteers featured in new FIVE

    RNLI Brighton Lifeboat volunteers featured in new FIVE

  • RNLI Brighton Lifeboat in early morning tombstoner rescue

    RNLI Brighton Lifeboat in early morning tombstoner rescue

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  • Storm swimmer sparks search and rescue for Brighton RNLI lifeboat

    Storm swimmer sparks search and rescue for Brighton RNLI lifeboat

  • RNLI Brighton Lifeboat responds to multiple 999 callers

    RNLI Brighton Lifeboat responds to multiple 999 callers

  • Brighton volunteer crew recovers fishing boat after collision in early morning fog

    Brighton volunteer crew recovers fishing boat after collision in early morning fog

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  • Brighton volunteer crew recovers fishing boat after collision in early morning fog

    Brighton volunteer crew recovers fishing boat after collision in early morning fog

  • The Brighton Bead Shop proprietor Geoff Ellis presents cheque to Brighton RNLI crew members

    The Brighton Bead Shop proprietor Geoff Ellis presents cheque to Brighton RNLI crew members

  • RNLI volunteers Mark Steel and Virginia Billcliff with Bead Shop proprietor Geoff Ellis

    RNLI volunteers Mark Steel and Virginia Billcliff with Bead Shop proprietor Geoff Ellis

  • The Brighton Bead Shop present a cheque to RNLI volunteer crew members

    Pictured l-r, RNLI crew member Mark Steel, Jess Weeks, Geoff Ellis, Jo Vile and Virgina Billcliff

  • Geoff Ellis, proprietor of the Bead Shop with RNLI crew members Mark Steele and Virginia Billcliff

    Geoff Ellis, proprietor of the Bead Shop with RNLI crew members Mark Steele and Virginia Billcliff

  • The Brighton Bead shop present Brighton RNLI crew members with a cheque for £10,000

    Geoff Ellis, proprietor of the Bead Shop with RNLI crew members Mark Steel and Virginia Billcliff

  • Brighton's bead show presents cheque for £10,000 to volunteer crew members from Brighton RNLI.

    Brighton jewellery shop praised after raising money for RNLI

  • Mark Smith, senior helmsman Brighton RNLI

    Mark Smith, senior helmsman Brighton RNLI

  • RNLI volunteers in the south east will be ready at the drop of a paper hat this Christmas

    RNLI volunteers in the south east will be ready at the drop of a paper hat this Christmas

  • Brighton RNLI Lifeboat tasked to search after pile of clothes found on beach.

    Brighton RNLI Lifeboat tasked to search after pile of clothes found on beach.

  • Death of lifeboat stalwart

    Death of lifeboat stalwart

  • Local windsurfer caught by a 50 knot wind assisted by Hayling Island RNLI

    A grateful local windsurfer rescued from 50 knot winds by Hayling Island crew

  • Sussex and Hampshire lifeboats launch over 700 times in year of poor weather

    Brighton crew battle tough conditions to save yachtsman by marina wall

  • Boat fire drama off Beachy Head

    Eastbourne assist in the rescue of a casualty from a cruiser on fire

  • Eastbourne Tamar lifeboat 'Diamond Jubilee' officially named by Royal couple

    Their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex name Eastbourne's lifeboat 'Diamond Jubilee'

  • Eastbourne Tamar lifeboat 'Diamond Jubilee' officially named by Royal couple

    Their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex name Eastbourne's 'Diamond Jubilee' lifeboat

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    Calshot's 'Max Walls' at her naming ceremony with Cowes' 'Sheena Louise' in background

  • RNLI appeals for participants in popular fundraiser, the BUPA Great South Run

    RNLI appeals for participants in popular fundraiser, the BUPA Great South Run

  • Brighton RNLI lifeboat crew assist pawly participant during fundraising ‘welly walk’

    Brighton RNLI lifeboat crew assist pawly participant during fundraising ‘welly walk’-1

  • Brighton RNLI lifeboat crew assist pawly participant during fundraising ‘welly walk’

    Brighton RNLI lifeboat crew assist pawly participant during fundraising ‘welly walk’

  • Sussex RNLI lifeboat launches remained high throughout 2009, show latest charity figures

    Sussex RNLI lifeboat launches remained high throughout 2009, show latest charity figures

  • Brighton children hold mini welly walk ahead of big RNLI event this Sunday

    Brighton children hold mini welly walk ahead of big RNLI event this Sunday

  • Brighton family among first to sign up for the city's fundraising ‘Stroll On Sunday’

    Brighton family among first to sign up for the city's fundraising ‘Stroll On Sunday’-3

  • Brighton family among first to sign up for the city's fundraising ‘Stroll On Sunday’

    Brighton family among first to sign up for the city's fundraising ‘Stroll On Sunday’-2

  • Brighton family among first to sign up for the city's fundraising ‘Stroll On Sunday’

    Brighton family among first to sign up for the city's fundraising ‘Stroll On Sunday’-1

  • Brighton family among first to sign up for the city's fundraising ‘Stroll On Sunday’

    Brighton family among first to sign up for the city's fundraising ‘Stroll On Sunday’

  • Brighton RNLI’s latest lifeboat named in special ceremony

    Brighton RNLI’s latest lifeboat named in special ceremony-3

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  • Brighton RNLI’s latest lifeboat named in special ceremony

    Brighton RNLI’s latest lifeboat named in special ceremony-1

  • Brighton RNLI’s latest lifeboat named in special ceremony

    Brighton RNLI’s latest lifeboat named in special ceremony

  • Brighton RNLI lifeboat crew members receive awards for yachtsman’s rescue

    Brighton RNLI lifeboat crew members receive awards for yachtsman’s rescue

  • Hove woman raises funds for the RNLI at the Bupa Great South Run

    Hove woman raises funds for the RNLI at the Bupa Great South Run

  • Lifeboat charity welcomes eleventh-hour entries for the BUPA Great South Run

    Lifeboat charity welcomes eleventh-hour entries for the BUPA Great South Run

  • Brighton and Littlehampton ‘cat’ and dog rescues feature on primetime TV

    Brighton and Littlehampton ‘cat’ and dog rescues feature on primetime TV

  • Brighton RNLI lifeboat crew welcome a new arrival to the fold

    Brighton RNLI lifeboat crew welcome a new arrival to the fold

  • Newhaven & Brighton lifeboats respond to 36ft motor yacht taking on water

    Newhaven & Brighton lifeboats respond to 36ft motor yacht taking on water

  • Three shouts and a wedding for Brighton lifeboat crew

    Three shouts and a wedding for Brighton lifeboat crew

  • Newhaven volunteer lifeboat crew welcome Sussex children for RNLI ‘Storm Force’ day

    Newhaven volunteer lifeboat crew welcome Sussex children for RNLI ‘Storm Force’ day-2

  • Newhaven volunteer lifeboat crew welcome Sussex children for RNLI ‘Storm Force’ day

    Newhaven volunteer lifeboat crew welcome Sussex children for RNLI ‘Storm Force’ day-1

  • Newhaven volunteer lifeboat crew welcome Sussex children for RNLI ‘Storm Force’ day

    Newhaven volunteer lifeboat crew welcome Sussex children for RNLI ‘Storm Force’ day

  • RNLI Brighton volunteers in dramatic yacht rescue

    Brighton RNLI lifeboat approaches the yacht

  • Brighton jewellery shop praised after raising £10,000 for RNLI lifeboat charity

    Beads Unlimited Brighton

  • Brighton crew rescue duo drifting out to sea at mercy of offshore wind

    Brighton RNLI lifeboat crew brought those onboard this tender back to shore

  • Brighton Shop

    Brighton Shop

  • Image of Brighton’s B class lifeboat escorting a yacht. A lifeboat crew member was transferred onboard to help pull the skipper back onboard after he had fallen overboard. Photo: Eddie Mitchell

    Brighton’s B class lifeboat escorting a yacht. A lifeboat crew member was transferred onboard to help pull the skipper back onboard after he had fallen overboard. Photo: Eddie Mitchell

  • Brighton RNLI assist after car is driven over cliffs

  • Brighton lifeboat launches after car falls 80 foot over cliffs

  • Brighton volunteers in dramatic yacht rescue

 

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Lifeboat name: 
Random Harvest

Lifeboat class: B class

Read more about the B class

 

The Institution’s First Annual Report (for 1824) appears the following notation: -

“The Committee are happy to state that local associations, which have affiliated themselves with this Institution, have been formed at the following places: Dover, Brighton, Penzance, Newcastle-on-Tyne and Bridlington”.

The first boat was received at Brighton on 30 January 1825; it was transferred to the Isles of Scilly in 1837.

1824
Silver Medal awarded to Charles Watts for the rescue of three people from a Brighton pleasure boat on 15 June.

1838
Silver Medal awarded to Lieut E Franklin RN when, with two Coastguards, he rescued by wading into the sea with ropes the Master and seven crew of the Brig Friends, who were in the rigging on 29 October.

1839
Silver Medal awarded to Lieut G Franklyn RN for the rescue of the Master and five men, being the whole crew of the Brig Zebra on 19 January.

1840
Gold Medal awarded to Captain Digby Marsh RN, coastguard, and Silver Medals to Lieut N Newman RN, coastguard; Lieut T H Prior RN, coastguard, for the rescue, by means of a line, of the Masters and crews of the Brig Mary, Schooner Sir John Seale and the Brig Offerton; in all 22 men and boys on 13 December.

1860
A helper, J Laker, was run over and killed by a carriage at a service launch on 2 June.

1886
In view of the new groynes etc on the beach, it became necessary to remove the lifeboat to a site between two piers.  The Institution agreed to take over the two arches being constructed under the Western Esplanade and surrender the present lifeboat house to Brighton Corporation.

1904
It was reported that on the occasion of the stranding of the ketch Antelope on 10 April, the coxswain of the lifeboat obtained a crew of 11, six belonging to the Institution’s crew, and went in the town lifeboat and rescued three men.

1928
Use of horses abolished.

A Centenary Vellum awarded.

1931
Station closed as Shoreham motor lifeboat served in the area.

1965
D class lifeboat sent to station in April.  This ILB was provided from donations made by the customers of The Rising Sun public house in London.

1967
Letters of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution awarded to G Wheeler, P Avey and E C Newman in connection with the service carried out on 25 June 1967, when a rubber dinghy and five people were saved.

1974
A D class lifeboat withdrawn for the winter on 30 October.

1975
Station closed temporarily until Marina facilities available.  Station non-operational.

1977
B-539 exhibited at the Earls Court Boat Show in January 1977 as Brighton’s new ILB, but suitable berthing arrangements were not available in the marina.

1978
In May a reserve McLachlan class lifeboat was sent to the station for crew training.  It was withdrawn in July when B539 was placed on restricted service.

1979
Station became fully operational from April after being on restricted service in 1978.  The boat had operated from an afloat berth in the Marina until a pontoon, costing approximately £10,000 was provided for the Atlantic 21 lifeboat.  The pontoon became operational from 24 December.

1986
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Helmsman Alan John Young, crew members Roger George Cohen and Stanley Todd in recognition of the skill, determination and teamwork displayed when rescuing the crew of three from the yacht Asterionella in extremely hazardous conditions on 26 August.  The relief ILB B-520 capsized three times during this service.

1996
Silver Medal awarded to Helmsman Richard Pearce in recognition of his courage, initiative and seamanship, and Bronze Medals awarded to crew members Martin Ebdell and Edward Purches in recognition of the initiative, determination and selflessness displayed during the service on 7/8 September 1995 when the lifeboat rescued two young women clinging to the supports beneath Brighton Palace Pier approximately 20 yards off the beach in very rough seas and a heavy breaking surf.  A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution was awarded to Brighton Lifeboat Station recognising the role played by the station as a whole.  Framed Letters of Thanks signed by the Chairman were also awarded to Auxiliary Coastguard Mr Peter Apps and Mr Nick Gilbert recognising their efforts on the beach during this rescue.

The Walter and Elizabeth Groombridge Award for the most meritorious service performed by an Atlantic 21 class lifeboat during 1995 was awarded to crew members Richard Pearce, Edward Purches and Martin Ebdell for this service and The Maude Smith Bequest for the most outstanding act of life saving was awarded to crew member Richard Pearce the following year.

1997
New Atlantic 75 lifeboat B-737 placed on service on 1 July.

On 18 November the Atlantic 75 class lifeboat had been called on service.  After searching for an hour in heavy surf conditions the lifeboat was caught by a large breaking sea and capsized.  One crewman was thrown clear and was subsequently winched to safety by a coastguard helicopter.  The remaining crew managed to right the lifeboat but it capsized again close inshore and the boat and crew were washed ashore.  Fortunately no one was seriously injured and the boat was recovered with remarkably little damage.

The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Helmsman Mark Smith and crew member Mark Hayes and Framed Letters of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution to crew members Berenice McCall and Anthony Parsons for a service to a man over board from the yacht Xanadu on 7 December.

1998
The Walter and Elizabeth Groombridge Award for the most meritorious service performed by an Atlantic 21 class lifeboat during 1997 was awarded to Helmsman Mark Smith and crew member Mark Hayes for the service on 7 December detailed above.

2000
New shore facility completed, work started in August 1999 and cost £299,775.

2010
The Trustees of the RNLI at their meeting on 3 November confirmed an anniversary Vellum to acknowledge the completion of 150 years aggregated service as a lifeboat station in 2009.

2011
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Helmsman Mark Smith of the station’s Atlantic inshore lifeboat for saving a man’s life.  He was overboard from the yacht Lady Cilla on 26 May 2011.  This difficult rescue took place close to the marina entrance, in rough seas and force 7 winds.  The man’s situation was exacerbated by the fact he was tethered to the yacht.  Crew member Marcus Morris, who was put aboard the casualty received a Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman for his contribution to the service.

A new Atlantic 85 B class lifeboat, B-852, Random Harvest was placed on service on 8 September.  Lifeboat B-737 withdrawn.

MEDAL RECORD
Ten Medals have been awarded, one Gold, seven Silver and two Bronze.