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Bude Lifeboat Station

Bude Lifeboat Station

Now home to an inshore D class lifeboat, Bude Lifeboat Station has operated for over 125 years and the crews have been presented with awards for gallantry.

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
25/07/2014 18:46
19/03/2014 14:02
14/03/2014 17:35
12/10/2013 11:24
04/09/2013 17:56
20/08/2013 10:00
05/08/2013 18:42
05/07/2013 21:41
09/02/2013 15:29
11/01/2013 16:48

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Station address:

Bude Lifeboat Station
Summerleaz Beach Car Park
Bude
Cornwall
EX23 8HN

Station telephone:

01288 352971

Station opening times:

By appointment only
Don't miss: crew training Thursday evenings and Sunday morning

Accessibility:

Parking

Visitor contact:

Stephen Hutchinson

Visitor contact telephone:

01288 352884

Shop telephone:

01288 359734

Shop opening times:

January-October
Monday-Sunday
10am-4pm

November-Christmas
Monday-Sunday
10am-3pm

 

 

 

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.

 

  • Newquay stakeholders at Respect the water launch at Fistral

    Newquay stakeholders at Respect the water launch at Fistral

  • RNLI Lifeguard Warren Llewellyn and Tim Stokes launch Respect the Water

    RNLI Lifeguard Warren Llewellyn and Tim Stokes

  • Mick French fundraiser who turns on Christmas lights for RNLI

    Mick French who turns on Xmas lights for RNLI

  • Swimmers at Looe braved the cold waters on New Years Day 2013 to raise funds for RNLI

    Swimmers braving the cold water at Looe on New Years Day

  • Plymouth RNLI assist dismasted yacht August 2013

    Plymouth RNLI assist dismasted yacht

  • Screen grab from footage of RNLI rescuing three exhausted swimmers at Mawgan Porth August 2013

    RNLI lifeguards rescue three exhausted swimmers at Mawgan Porth

  • Library picture of Bude RNLI D class inshore lifeboat George Bird in action

    Library picture of Bude D class

  • The Bude RNLI volunteers take their new D class George Bird to sea after the naming ceremony.

    George Bird on the water after being named

  • Mrs Patricia Bird names the new Bude D class inshore lifeboat George Bird in memory of her late husband, with a little help from Tom Mansell.

    Mrs Bird names the Bude RNLI lifeboat

  • The naming ceremony for the new Bude RNLI D class inshore lifeboat George Bird.

    A lovely day for a naming ceremony in Bude

  • The new Bude RNLI D class inshore lifeboat George Bird on the water

    Bude's new D class inshore lifeboat at sea

  • Stock up on Christmas goodies at Bude RNLI lifeboat shop

    Stock up on Christmas goodies at Bude RNLI lifeboat shop

  • Two call outs in two days for Bude lifeboat

    Two call outs in two days for Bude lifeboat

  • Bumper success for Bude RNLI Lifeboat Day

    Bumper success for Bude RNLI Lifeboat Day-4

  • Bumper success for Bude RNLI Lifeboat Day

    Bumper success for Bude RNLI Lifeboat Day-3

  • Bumper success for Bude RNLI Lifeboat Day

    Bumper success for Bude RNLI Lifeboat Day-2

  • Bumper success for Bude RNLI Lifeboat Day

    Bumper success for Bude RNLI Lifeboat Day-1

  • Bumper success for Bude RNLI Lifeboat Day

    Bumper success for Bude RNLI Lifeboat Day

  • Bude RNLI lifeguards and lifeboat crew respond to men cut off by the tide

    Bude RNLI lifeguards and lifeboat crew respond to men cut off by the tide

  • Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

    Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west-2

  • Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

    Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west-1

  • Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

    Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-5

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-4

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-3

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-1

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-2

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

  • RNLI figures highlight another busy summer for the south west

    RNLI figures highlight another busy summer for the south west

  • Wet weather reflected in south west RNLI figures for 2012

    South West Flood Rescue Team train in Hayle

  • Wet weather reflected in south west RNLI figures for 2012

    South West Flood Rescue Team in training

  • Wet weather reflected in south west RNLI figures for 2012

    South West Flood Rescue Team training

  • Plenty in store for Bude lifeboat week

    Plenty in store for Bude lifeboat week

  • First shout for new crew member at Bude

    First shout for new crew member at Bude

  • RNLI to benefit from charity kayak marathon round the Cornish coast

    RNLI to benefit from charity kayak marathon round the Cornish coast

  • RNLI volunteers in the south west remain on call this Christmas

    RNLI volunteer crew, fundraisers and lifeguards in St Ives

  • Race for Bude lifeboat

    Race for Bude lifeboat

  • A first for the RNLI in Cornwall as two outstanding musical groups perform together

    A first for the RNLI in Cornwall as two outstanding musical groups perform together-3

  • A first for the RNLI in Cornwall as two outstanding musical groups perform together

    A first for the RNLI in Cornwall as two outstanding musical groups perform together-2

  • A first for the RNLI in Cornwall as two outstanding musical groups perform together

    A first for the RNLI in Cornwall as two outstanding musical groups perform together-1

  • A first for the RNLI in Cornwall as two outstanding musical groups perform together

    A first for the RNLI in Cornwall as two outstanding musical groups perform together

  • Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

    Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets-3

  • Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

    Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets-2

  • Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

    Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets-1

  • Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

    Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

  • Bude lifeboat launch to person cut off by tide

    Bude lifeboat launch to person cut off by tide

  • Bude lifeboat launch to person cut off by tide

    Bude lifeboat launch to person cut off by tide

  • Bude’s bonanza lifeboat week

    Bude’s bonanza lifeboat week

  • Boats, tractors and BBQ’s at Bude RNLI lifeboat open day

    Boats, tractors and BBQ’s at Bude RNLI lifeboat open day

  • Summer weather brings unseasonable challenges for south west RNLI

    Library shot of an RNLI Atlantic lifeboat

  • Bude Shop

    Bude Shop

 


Image of lifeboat

 

Lifeboat name: George Bird

Lifeboat class: D class

Funded by: Mrs P Bird

Read more about the D class

 

1837
Lifeboat built by Wakefield of Sunderland with the approval of RNLI.  This lifeboat was presented by King William IV.

1844
Lifeboat capsized while being exercised in Bude Harbour, two of her crew was drowned, they were N Bradden and W Skitch.

1845
Silver Medals were awarded to James Perkins, Thomas Paul, and Simon Bolitho, all coastguards, for the rescue of three men and one boy by Dennett’s Rockets from the schooner Margaret that was wrecked near Bude on 28 January 1845.

1853
Silver Medal awarded to W H Tregidgo for rescuing two from sloop Margaret that ran onto rocks and was wrecked in heavy seas on 9 October.

1858
Second-Service clasp to the Silver Medal awarded to W H Tregidgo and Silver medals awarded to J Stone, J P Sharrock, W R May and H Ellis of HM Coastguard for saving, by means of ropes, the crew of 16 and a pilot from the ship Defence, which was wrecked during stormy weather under the cliffs of Benney, St Juliot on 13 March.

1860
Silver Medal to J Dyer in acknowledgement of his gallant services in wading into the surf at the peril of his life and rescuing the Master of the schooner Beverley of Goole which, during a heavy gale, was wrecked under Upton Cliff near Bude on 26 October 1859.

Third-Service clasp to the Silver medal awarded to W H Tregidgo for putting off with two boats’ crews and rescuing two crews, consisting of 11 men from the schooner Union of Bannes and Lugger Anais of St Vaast, which were wrecked during a gale off Newquay, Cornwall on 26 October 1859.

1865
Coastguard Officer Simpson was awarded a ‘Sabre of Honour’ by the Queen of Spain and Coxswain James Maynard a Gold Medal by the Spanish Government after a service to the brig Juanita, of Bilbao, who came ashore North of Bude.  Each man led a crew and waded out in the pounding surf to the brig, rescuing all onboard.

1877
Whilst returning to harbour after launching to assistance of schooner Elizabeth Scown on 3 March, the lifeboat was hit by a very heavy sea which smashed several of her oars and carried away her rudder; another heavy sea hit her and she capsized.  All the crew regained the lifeboat except the Coxswain, James Maynard, who was drowned.  Committee of Management voted £150 to dependants.

1881
Silver Medal awarded T Bate, coxswain of the Bude lifeboat, in acknowledgement of his gallant services in assisting, at considerable risk to life, to save four men on the occasion of the wreck of the ketch Stucley of Padstow breakwater on 31 December 1880. The Institution’s Thanks on Vellum was accorded to Mr George Tickell of H.M.S Defence for his assistance.

1923
Station closed.

1966
Inshore lifeboat station established in May with the placing on service of a D class lifeboat.

Royal Humane Society’s resuscitation certificate awarded to M Moyle and A J Lovejoy in connection with the service on 30 May when a bather was rescued.

1984
A celebration Vellum was awarded to commemorate the station’s aggregate service of 105 years covering the periods 1837 to 1923 and 1966 to 1984.

1991
A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution was awarded to crewmember Simon Chadwick for displaying personal courage and presence of mind on 30 June.  He volunteered to swim ashore from the lifeboat through breaking surf, to investigate the yacht Mary E hard aground on rocks at Pencarrow Point.  The 70-year old skipper and sole occupant was found half way up a crumbling cliff face and he was exhausted.  Simon Chadwick climbed the cliff and assisted in his rescue by helicopter.

1993
Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Helmsman Michael Sims in recognition of his leadership, skill and courage when he took the lifeboat stern first on the surf into a ledge and rescued two climbers, stranded at the base of the cliff inside Gull Rock, on the North side of Marshland Point, on the evening of 21 April.  The two climbers were part of a group of five who were in danger of being cut off by the rising tide.  Three of them were fit and willing to climb the cliff, but the fourth was suffering from shock and the other from lacerations, a suspected broken foot and back pains after a 30ft fall.

Framed Letters of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution were presented to crew members James Wade, for entering the surf and swimming 15-20 feet to the ledge, and to Keith West (his first service launch) for the support he gave to both the survivors and his fellow crew members throughout the service.

1996
Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to the crew members and shore helpers of the Bude Lifeboat Station who were involved in the search for a five year old girl who was swept from the rocks at Sandymouth Beach on 4 June.  They assembled again at 0530 the following day continuing the search of the water and the cliffs until 1500 when they were stood down, sadly without success.

A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution was presented to crew member Gary Parkinson when he went to the aid of two people in the water by jumping out of the lifeboat at the harbour entrance in heavy surf as it returned to the Boathouse to refuel during the above service.

New D class lifeboat D495 was placed on service on 30 March.

2000
Following trials, D495 became operational from the Summerleaze site, whilst a second operational D class lifeboat remained at the original site.

2002
A new D class boathouse completed in June at a cost of £516,000.

2004
The new class of lifeboat IB1, D617 was placed on service on Tuesday 11 May.    D422 has been withdrawn to the Relief Fleet.

2008
At a meeting of the Trustees held on 5 November it was resolved that Bude would be re-designated as an all year round station and that a RWC would also be provided during the winter months.