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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.

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26/07/2016 16:02
16/07/2016 19:10
14/07/2016 16:18
30/06/2016 02:05
04/06/2016 17:40
08/05/2016 22:25
06/05/2016 16:32
28/03/2016 10:46
18/02/2016 13:49
18/02/2016 13:47

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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.

  • Barry Dock RNLI all-weather lifeboat

    Barry Dock RNLI all-weather lifeboat

  • D class lifeboat Puffin being recovered after the rescue

    D class lifeboat Puffin being recovered after the rescue

  • Somerset Freemasons meet RNLI volunteers

    Somerset Freemasons meet RNLI volunteers

  • The new coastguard helicopter training with Burnham-on-Sea RNLI crews on Burnham beach

    The new coastguard helicopter training with Burnham-on-Sea RNLI crews on Burnham beach

  • D Class lifeboat Puffin en route

    D Class lifeboat Puffin en route

  • Atlantic 75 relief lifeboat Victor ‘Danny’ Lovelock en route to Brean Down

    Atlantic 75 relief lifeboat Victor ‘Danny’ Lovelock en route to Brean Down

  • Atlantic 75 relief lifeboat Victor ‘Danny’ Lovelock being launched

    Atlantic 75 relief lifeboat Victor ‘Danny’ Lovelock being launched

  • RNLI praises volunteers in the south west as 2015 rescue stats are revealed.

    Tamar class lifeboat.

  • RNLI volunteers remain on call this festive season.

    RNLI volunteers remain on call this festive season.

  • Both lifeboats were launched. The D class with its shallower draft allows us to get closer to the shore.

    D Class lifeboat Puffin launching

  • The volunteers are required to marshal the traffic prior to the lifeboat launching.

    Volunteers launching lifeboat

  • RNLI Burnham-on-Sea volunteer crew rescue a dog

    RNLI Burnham-on-Sea volunteer crew rescue a dog

  • Burnham-on-Sea RNLI rescue a dog

    Burnham-on-Sea RNLI rescue a dog

  • Image shows how the training can be very challenging, for both driver and tractor.

    Image shows how the training can be very challenging, for both driver and tractor.

  • Image shows how the training can be very challenging, for both driver and tractor.

    Image shows how the training can be very challenging, for both driver and tractor.

  • Image shows how the training can be very challenging, for both driver and tractor.

    Image shows how the training can be very challenging, for both driver and tractor.

  • Dan seated on the launching tractor, nicknamed 'Bendy'.

    Dan seated on the launching tractor, nicknamed 'Bendy'.

  • The D class lifeboat, Puffin, crossing the traffic lights en route to the beach with Lifeboat crew Tim Walters, rushing on to assist with traffic control on The Esplanade

    The D class lifeboat, Puffin, en route to the beach with Lifeboat crew TIm Walters

  • Burnham lifeboats attempting to tow Pipalotto off the river bank, on Sunday afternoon

    Burnham lifeboats attempting to tow Pipalotto off the river bank, on Sunday afternoon

  • Timon (2nd left) returning from his last acquaintance trip in the D class lifeboat Puffin.

    Timon (2nd left) returning from his last acquaintance trip in the D class lifeboat Puffin.

  • The crew of Puffin searching close inshore, the other side of The Pavillion.

    The crew of Puffin searching close inshore, the other side of The Pavillion.

  • A motorist’s view of Puffin as the lifeboat is delivered to Burnham jetty

    A motorist’s view of Puffin as the lifeboat is delivered to Burnham jetty

  • Burnham-on-Sea lifeboats being launched for Wednesday evening training

    Burnham-on-Sea lifeboats being launched for Wednesday evening training

  • Burnham-on-Sea recieving the £1,200 cheque, in front of the stations current D class.

    Burnham-on-Sea recieving the £1,200 cheque, in front of the stations current D class.

  • Jack Lowe and Victorian Camera

    Jack Lowe and Victorian Camera

  • at approximately 10.50 pm on Sunday evening

    Both lifeboats being launched from the beach

  • Launch tractor Kay’s Cart recovers lifeboat Puffin.

    Launch tractor Kay’s Cart recovers lifeboat Puffin.

  • Launching of lifeboat Puffin on the RNLI Bog mats at low water

    Launching of lifeboat Puffin on the RNLI Bog mats at low water

  • Lifeboat Puffin returns with dinghy and occupant on board

    Lifeboat Puffin returns with dinghy and occupant on board

  • The scene of the rescue on Monday

    The scene of the rescue on Monday

  • Alex Gkosime (left) and Danny Bosch RNLI lifeguards at Porth beach Newquay taking part in H2Only

    Alex Gkosime (left) and Danny Bosch RNLI lifeguards at Porth beach Newquay taking part in H2Only

  • Volunteer lifeboat crew member Liam Richards from St Agnes taking part in H2Only

    Volunteer lifeboat crew member Liam Richards from St Agnes taking part in H2Only

  • Visitors Poppy and Millie with Grandfather J Heale

    Visitors Poppy and Millie with Grandfather J Heale

  • Lifeboat crew member Vashti Ross-Hatcher and young William

    Lifeboat crew member Vashti Ross-Hatcher and young William

  • In the raffle gazebo with fundraiser Mary Summers, visitors Alan and Sue Rowe, plus fundraiser Sandra King

    In the raffle gazebo

  • Visitors came along during dry breaks in the weather

    Visitors came along during dry breaks in the weather

  • Ricky Holmes, left, and Station Chairman Ashley Edwards, right.

    Ricky Holmes, left, and Station Chairman Ashley Edwards, right.

  • Burnham on Sea volunteer crew say  thanks to Ricky Holmes

    Ricky Holmes Burnham on Sea thanks

  • RNLI yellow wellies for Mayday

    RNLI yellow wellies for Mayday

  • Joe Holtaway and his Mum Jill Ryan at Penlee RNLI

    Joe Holtaway and his Mum Jill Ryan at Penlee RNLI

  • Joe Holtaway in front of Penlee RNLI lifeboat for Mayday

    Joe Holtaway in front of Penlee RNLI lifeboat for Mayday

  • MJL080315 Large Tractor

    Large Tractor

  • Lesley prepared as required in the regulation PPE prior to a training exercise.

    Lesley at the lifeboat station before Sunday’s regular training exercise

  • Jan is more used to working in our RNLI shop.

    Fundraiser Jan Watkins receiving the donations

  • James honing the washdown techniques learned on the launch vehicles

    Shore crew James Carter

  • Our helmsman applies the same amount of dedication to cleaning cars as launching lifeboats.

    Helmsman Nick Edrich

  • Good to see the volunteers happy in their work.

    Fundraising chairman Graham Wills hard at work.

  • All vehicles received the star treatment

    SoS carwash fundraiser

  • As well as collecting the motivational mail for Alex Bessie's sweet shop owner Sue also gave him some important rations for his journey.

    Sue and Alex with goody box

  • The Burnham volunteers were keen to show Alex their support and were happy to take time for the photo opportunity. Alex is front and centre in the photo (yellow jackets and shorts!)

    Alex with the Burnham-on-Sea RNLI volunteers

  • The volunteers train in all conditions to ensure that they are prepared when needed.

    Shorecrew guiding launch vehicle at alternate recovery site

  • St Agnes RNLI D-class lifeboat

    St Agnes RNLI D-class lifeboat

  • Penlee lifeboat in the snow

    Penlee lifeboat in the snow

  • Swimmers take part in New Year's Day dip at Looe

    Swimmers take part in New Year's Day dip at Looe

  • Matt and daughter

    Matt and daughter

  • Matt and daughter

    Matt and daughter

  • Matt with his daughter and LOM award

    Matt with his daughter and LOM award

  • Burnham on Sea volunteer Matt Edwards with his daughter

    Matt with his daughter

  • 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

 

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.