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Burnham-on-Sea Lifeboat Station

Burnham on Sea Lifeboat Station

​Burnham-on-Sea is the RNLI’s newest lifeboat station on the Somerset coast. A lifeboat was stationed here in the 1800s and early 1900s but the present RNLI station opened in 2003 and operates two inshore lifeboats.

​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
29/08/2014 10:28
23/08/2014 09:00
24/07/2014 19:55
18/05/2014 12:46
15/10/2013 14:33
29/07/2013 12:25
13/07/2013 19:49
13/07/2013 19:47
04/06/2013 19:30
06/05/2013 18:42

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Station address:

Burnham-on-Sea Lifeboat Station
Pier Street
Burnham-on-Sea
Somerset
TA8 1BT

Station telephone:

01278 789375

Station opening times:

By appointment only
Don't miss: crew training 7.30pm–9.30pm Wednesday

Accessibility:

Parking, disabled access

Shop telephone:

01278 789883

Shop opening times:

23 March–15 December
Monday–Saturday
10am–4pm

Sunday
11am–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.

  • Staines Whitfield en route to the casualty

    Staines Whitfield en route to casualty

  • Staines Whitfield en route to the casualty

    Lifeboat Staines Whitfield on way to casualty

  • Puffin en route to the casualty in the fresh breeze

    Lifeboat Puffin on way to casualty

  • Puffin leaves the softrak launching tractor

    Lifeboat Puffin launching

  • Puffin proceeding down Burnham Jetty

    Lifeboat Puffin at launch

  • Winning photos showing the volunteer crew during their 'lifeboat pull' through town on their open day.

    Lifeboat pull through town

  • Station volunteers happy to present the open day photo competition prize to Becky.

    Presentation of TV to Becky, Charlie and Fred

  • The boat crew use hand signals to assist the tractor driver.

    Boat crew hand signals

  • The softrak can be seen on the bog mat about to launch Staines Whitfield (this would previously had to be done at the alternate launch site at low water).

    Softrak launching Staines Whitfield

  • 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

  • Ian and Mark pleased to be back on land.

    Boat and owner safely back in carpark

  • Extra boat crew had already kitted up in order to assist the passengers off the boat.

    Powerboat and passengers returned safely

  • Lifeboat Staines Whitfield launching to broken down boat

    Lifeboat launching

  • Details of our first annual open day

    Burnham-on-Sea RNLI lifeboat open day

  • Crewman stu was towed back on the jet ski by

    Lifeboat crew return with recovered jet ski

  • D class Puffin launching to stranded jet skier.

    D Class launch

  • 3rd launch of the day to recover the jet ski from Stert Island.

    Both Burnham-on-Sea RNLI lifeboats launching

  • Lifeboat volunteer crew working hard cleaning

    Lifeboat volunteer crew working hard cleaning

  • Lifeboat volunteer crew working hard cleaning

    Lifeboat volunteer crew working hard cleaning

  • Lifeboat volunteer crew working hard cleaning

    Lifeboat volunteer crew working hard cleaning

  • Lifeboat volunteer crew working hard cleaning

    Lifeboat volunteer crew working hard cleaning

  • Discussing Kay’s Cart, the hi-tec Softtrack launch tractor.

    Discussing Kay’s Cart, the hi-tec Softtrack launch tractor.

  • Visitors and crew between the Shapwick school bus and Staines Whitifled lifeboat

    Visitors and crew between the Shapwick school bus and Staines Whitifled lifeboat

  • More tuition

    More tuition

  • More tuition

    More tuition

  • Tim Walters explains the station’s geographical area of operation

    Tim Walters explains the station’s geographical area of operation

  • Danny Burnett hands the cheque for £1,002 to volunteer crew member Tim Walters

    Cheque presentation

  • Fundraiser Mary Summers showing of one of the new lines  - a junior crew kit and a pair of junior RNLI wellies

    New line - juinior crew kit and wellies

  • Honoured fund-raisers complete with certificates.   Diane Edkins,  Anita Williams, Jan Watkins, Tony Barratt, Ann Quintin, Diana Wills, Ron King, Julie Sanby, and Bernard Dixon

    Honoured fund-raisers complete with certificates

  • Members of the school receive the certificate of thanks

    Presentation of certificate

  • The school present the cheque for £2,142

    Cheque presentation

  • Helmsman Lyndon Baker, Operations Manager Matt Davies and Helmsman Nick Edrich, displaying the letters from Paul Boissier.

    Helmsman Lyndon Baker, Operations Manager Matt Davies and Helmsman Nick Edrich

  • Volunteer crew relaxing after a hard days work

    Volunteers having fun at the conclusion of the event

  • Jendy was very happy with the star service she received from the volunteers

    Dedicated RNLI supporter Jendy Weekes with station volunteers

  • Jayme and Timon are volunteering with us as part of their Duke of Edinburgh awards. They and Vashti are having a well earned break here

    Jayme, Vashti and Timon take a short break from squeegee duty

  • Station volunteers worked hard in teams

    Team work

  • Vashti Ross-Hatcher and Mike Hookway on rinse duty

    Station volunteers on rinse duty

  • Swanages's current Mersey class lifeboat and the RNLI's new Shannon class lifeboat of which Swanage is to receive in 2015

    Swanage's Mersey class RNLI lifeboat and new Shannon class

  • Weston super Mare and Portishead RNLI lifeguards at launch of Bristol Channel Appeal

    Weston super Mare and Portishead lifeboats

  • The Lizard Tamar lifeboat Rose launching

    The Lizard all weather lifeboat launching

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    2013 stats infographic

  • LTC Lyndon Baker, LOM Ricky Holmes and Fuel Fairy aka Ron Fisher.

    Burnham-on-Sea lifeboat operations manager crew performence awards

  • 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

  • A library image of Graham Wills from a previous presentation event

    Graham Wills new Chairman of the Burnham-on-Sea fundraising branch

  • New Chairman Ashley Edwards, Ricky Holmes and Matt Davies

    Matt Davies, LOM Ricky Holmes, DLA and Chairman Ashley Edwards

  • Ricky Holmes hands over the symbolic keys to the station to incoming LOM Matt Davies.

    Ricky Holmes and Matt Davies

  • Ken King, Frances Warren, Sandra King, Ian Michell, Mary Summers, Vashti Ross-Hatcher, Phil Counsell, Ricky Holmes, Somerset High Sheriff, Dave Humphries, Jan Pearce, Graham Wills, Martin Cooper, RNLI CEO

    Bronze badge presentations at Burnham-on-Sea RNLI

  • CEO Paul Boissier presenting Ian Michell with a bronze badge

    Ian Michell being presented with his bronze badge

  • CEO Paul Boissier presenting a bronze medal to Mary Summers

    Presentation of bronze badge to Mary Summers

  • Boyd wanted to take this 'onesie' home (until we explained how expensive they are). These woolly bears as the crew call them are worn all year round under the dry suits.

    Boyd in his 'onesie'

  • Joel is in full boat crew gear. His ambition is to one day be crew on the D Class Puffin.

    Joel Pinchen with Puffin

  • RNLI crewmember Vashti taking part in a closely monitored man overboard exercise

    Crew of lifeboat Puffin carrying out man obverboard drill

  • Both Burnham-on-Sea lifeboats exercising.  Lifeboat Puffin with Staines Whitfield in the background.

    Lifeboats Puffin and Staines Whitfield

  • Nicholas Leach with Burnham-on-Sea LOM Ricky Holmes, with Burnham-on-Sea RNLI lifeboat Staines Whitfield in the background

    Nicholas Leach with Burnham-on-Sea LOM Ricky Holmes

  • Burnham RNLI help Asda spread Christmas cheer at Highbridge store

    Burnham RNLI help Asda spread Christmas cheer at Highbridge store

  • RNLI lifeboat Staines Whitfield tows distressed yacht into Burnham-on-Sea

    RNLI lifeboat Staines Whitfield tows distressed yacht into Burnham-on-Sea-1

  • RNLI lifeboat Staines Whitfield tows distressed yacht into Burnham-on-Sea

    RNLI lifeboat Staines Whitfield tows distressed yacht into Burnham-on-Sea

  • Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Lifeboat launched at 6.30pm Saturday evening to assist disabled yacht

    Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Lifeboat launched at 6.30pm Saturday evening to assist disabled yacht

  • Wells MP David Heathcoat-Amory takes part in joint exercise with Burnham-on-Sea RNLI and Area Rescue

    Wells MP David Heathcoat-Amory takes part in joint exercise with Burnham-on-Sea RNLI and Area Rescue

  • Huge Garden Party helps boost RNLI funds

    Huge Garden Party helps boost RNLI funds

  • Another launch for newly qualified Burnham-on-Sea Helmsman Stuart

    Another launch for newly qualified Burnham-on-Sea Helmsman Stuart

  • Burnham-on-Sea RNLI assists grounded 32 ft yacht

    Burnham-on-Sea RNLI assists grounded 32 ft yacht

  • Burnham-on-Sea RNLI fundraiser recognised for her dedication

    Burnham-on-Sea RNLI fundraiser recognised for her dedication

  • Barry Dock Lifeboat search for missing swimmers

    Barry Dock Lifeboat search for missing swimmers

  • Five RNLI lifeboats search for missing swimmers in Bristol Channel

    Five RNLI lifeboats search for missing swimmers in Bristol Channel

  • Over 30 local yachtsmen flock to attend “An Evening with the RNLI” at Burnham-on-Sea

    Over 30 local yachtsmen flock to attend “An Evening with the RNLI” at Burnham-on-Sea

  • Burnham RNLI lifeboat launches to assist windsurfer

    Burnham RNLI lifeboat launches to assist windsurfer

  • Former Exmouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat visits Burnham-on-Sea

    Former Exmouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat visits Burnham-on-Sea-3

  • Former Exmouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat visits Burnham-on-Sea

    Former Exmouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat visits Burnham-on-Sea-2

  • Former Exmouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat visits Burnham-on-Sea

    Former Exmouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat visits Burnham-on-Sea-1

  • Former Exmouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat visits Burnham-on-Sea

    Former Exmouth RNLI all-weather lifeboat visits Burnham-on-Sea

  • Both Burnham-on-Sea RNLI lifeboats launched to investigate a report of persons trapped on Brean Down

    Both Burnham-on-Sea RNLI lifeboats launched to investigate a report of persons trapped on Brean Down

  • 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

  • Burnham-on-Sea RNLI lifeboat launches to assist a drifting rubber boat

    Burnham-on-Sea RNLI lifeboat launches to assist a drifting rubber boat

  • Lifeboats from Penarth, Burnham upon sea, Weston Super Mare and Portishead.

    Exercise with eight lifeboats at Flat Holm

  • Burnham-on-sea RNLI volunteers train with RAF Chivenor crews

    Burnham-on-sea RNLI volunteers train with RAF Chivenor crews

  • RNLI figures highlight another busy summer for the south west

    RNLI figures highlight another busy summer for the south west

  • Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Lifeboats launch to assist in mud rescue

    Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Lifeboats launch to assist in mud rescue

  • Exmouth lifeboat station hosts RNLI south west flood team for annual training exercise

    Exmouth lifeboat station hosts RNLI south west flood team for annual training exercise

  • 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

  • Resuscitation dummy donated to Burnham-on-Sea lifeboat station

    Resuscitation dummy donated to Burnham-on-Sea lifeboat station

  • Resuscitation dummy donated to Burnham-on-Sea lifeboat station

    Resuscitation dummy donated to Burnham-on-Sea lifeboat station

  • Burnham-on-Sea boating enthusiasts enjoy a specially organised RNLI sea safety evening

    Burnham-on-Sea boating enthusiasts enjoy a specially organised RNLI sea safety evening

  • Rotary presentations at Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Lifeboat Station.

    Rotary presentations at Burnham-on-Sea RNLI Lifeboat Station.

  • Burnham-on-Sea RNLI says thank you to London Marathon runner Jason Vickers

    Burnham-on-Sea RNLI says thank you to London Marathon runner Jason Vickers

  • Call out interrupts Burnham on sea lifeboat station school visit.

    Call out interrupts Burnham on sea lifeboat station school visit.

  • The search is on for an extra volunteer tractor driver at Burnham-on-Sea RNLI

    The search is on for an extra volunteer tractor driver at Burnham-on-Sea RNLI

  • Scenario for disaster. Burnham-on-Sea RNLI training exercise, Sunday 18 April 2010

    Scenario for disaster. Burnham-on-Sea RNLI training exercise, Sunday 18 April 2010-3

  • Scenario for disaster. Burnham-on-Sea RNLI training exercise, Sunday 18 April 2010

    Scenario for disaster. Burnham-on-Sea RNLI training exercise, Sunday 18 April 2010-2

  • Scenario for disaster. Burnham-on-Sea RNLI training exercise, Sunday 18 April 2010

    Scenario for disaster. Burnham-on-Sea RNLI training exercise, Sunday 18 April 2010-1

  • Scenario for disaster. Burnham-on-Sea RNLI training exercise, Sunday 18 April 2010

    Scenario for disaster. Burnham-on-Sea RNLI training exercise, Sunday 18 April 2010

  • Burnham-on-Sea RNLI lifeboat launched in search for missing dog

    Burnham-on-Sea RNLI lifeboat launched in search for missing dog

  • Concern for Brean Down walkers cut off by the tide prompts Burnham-on-Sea RNLI lifeboat launch

    Concern for Brean Down walkers cut off by the tide prompts Burnham-on-Sea RNLI lifeboat launch

  • RNLI support from Burnham-on-Sea Methodists

    RNLI support from Burnham-on-Sea Methodists

 

Image of lifeboat
 

 

Lifeboat name: Staines Whitfield

Lifeboat class: B class

Read more about the B class


Image of lifeboat

 

Lifeboat name: Puffin

Lifeboat class: D class

Read more about the D class

  

1836
Sir Peregrine Acland presented the Corporation of Bridgwater with a lifeboat.  This was to be kept at Burnham-on-Sea in a boathouse erected by the donor, and followed closely on a local shipping disaster.

1847
The Bridgwater Harbour Trust replaced the old lifeboat with a new boat built by Gale of Whitby, upon the most approved principles laid down by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.  This lifeboat was allowed to decay and was broken up in 1857.

1866
Station taken over by RNLI.  Lifeboat house built on ground owned by the Rev H Dodd.

1867
Extract from Lifeboat Journal 1 January 1867:-

As the life-boat formerly placed at Burnham by the Bridgwater Harbour Trust, being ill-adapted for the locality, had been allowed to go to decay, and had then been broken up, the National Life-boat Institution recently, with the assistance of the Harbour Commissioners and other gentlemen in the locality, formed a new life-boat establishment there.  It was thought desirable that a lifeboat should be stationed there as the ordinary shore boats frequently ran great risk in putting off to vessels in distress on the outlying sandbanks in the vicinity.  The Institution has therefore forwarded a 32 ft 10-oared life-boat and a transporting carriage to the station, and they have been placed in an excellent boathouse prepared for their reception.  The cost of the lifeboat and carriage etc has been defrayed from the lifeboat fund raised in the town of Cheltenham and its neighbourhood, principally through the benevolent exertions of the Rev W Hodgson, Captain A W Young RN, and Mr Witchell, the bookseller.  The life-boat was conveyed to Cheltenham, en route to her station, that the contributors might have an opportunity of seeing their boat and it was publicly named and launched on the Pittville Lake in the suburbs of that town, on the 10th October, amidst much enthusiasm.  Lady Charlotte Schreiber for the borough presented the boat to the Institution in an appropriate speech.  A very hearty reception was also given to the boat on its arrival at Burnham, and a deputation from Cheltenham attended to take part in the proceedings on the occasion of its launch there.  The boat and carriage were liberally conveyed from London to their destination free of charge by the Great Western and Bristol and Exeter Railway Companies."

1874
New boathouse built adjoining the railway station close to the pier or long inclined slip from which the lifeboat was launched.

1896
Small truck supplied to convey beach roller skids etc for launching the lifeboat.

1903
Water laid on to boathouse.

1930
Lifeboat station closed.  Motor lifeboats placed at Minehead and Weston-super-Mare to cover Bridgwater Bay.

1994
Independent lifeboat service started, Burnham Area Rescue.

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Burnham-on-Sea Lifeboat Station

The RNLI lifeboat provision for Burnham-on-sea was given the final stamp of approval at the Trustee Committee meeting which took place at RNLI head quarters on Wednesday 2 July 2003. 

2003
The lifeboat station was taken over after a request from Burnham Area Rescue Boat, and became operational on December 2003 with two inshore lifeboats; an Atlantic 75 RIB and a D class.

2004
The new Atlantic 85, B class lifeboat, B795 Staines Whitfield placed on service 7 January 2004.

2006
The new class of lifeboat IB1, D-664 Puffin was placed on service on Monday 11 December.  This lifeboat was funded by a generous gift from Mrs O Mitchell.  D552 has been returned to the Relief Fleet.