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Cardigan Lifeboat Station

Cardigan Lifeboat Station

​Situated on the Heritage coastline of Cardigan Bay, today’s two inshore lifeboats cover an area of beaches, secluded coves and towering cliffs. The crews have been presented with 15 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
23/09/2014 18:27
23/09/2014 18:20
22/09/2014 10:12
16/09/2014 14:42
10/09/2014 21:12
28/08/2014 13:58
28/08/2014 13:48
17/08/2014 12:54
15/08/2014 13:52
11/08/2014 20:43

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Station address:

Cardigan Lifeboat Station
Poppit Sands
Cardigan
Ceredigion
SA43 3LN

Station telephone:

01239 612986

Station opening times:

Sunday morning and Wednesday evening
crew training Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings

Accessibility:

Parking, Disabled Parking, Disabled Access, Maximum Group size 50

Visitor contact:

Mr Cliff Griffiths

Visitor contact telephone:

01239 613327 

Shop telephone:

01239 621948

Shop opening hours:

April–October
Monday–Sunday
11am–5pm

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.

  • Cardigan Atlantic 85 class lifeboat Albatross

    Cardigan Atlantic 85 class lifeboat

  • Welsh RNLI lifeguards and lifeboat crew in father and son rescue

    Welsh RNLI lifeguards and lifeboat crew in father and son rescue

  • Welsh RNLI lifeguards and lifeboat crew in father and son rescue

    Welsh RNLI lifeguards and lifeboat crew in father and son rescue

  • Welsh RNLI lifeguards and lifeboat crew in father and son rescue

    Welsh RNLI lifeguards and lifeboat crew in father and son rescue

  • Cardigan RNLI lifeboat attends two incidents

    Cardigan RNLI lifeboat attends two incidents

  • Cardigan RNLI volunteer in action during the rescue

    Cardigan RNLI volunteer in action during the rescue

  • Derek Pusey, Leonard Walters and Clive Williams

    Derek Pusey, Leonard Walters and Clive Williams

  • Cardigan RNLI volunteers

    Cardigan RNLI volunteers

  • Cardigan Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Albatross'

    Cardigan Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Albatross'

  • Cardigan's new Atlantic 85 lifeboat 'Albatross'

    Cardigan RNLI volunteers welcomes new lifeboat to Ceredigion

  • Cardigan RNLI Atlantic 85 lifeboat Albatross

    Cardigan RNLI Atlantic 85 lifeboat Albatross

  • Cardigan RNLI lifeboat

    Cardigan RNLI lifeboat

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    Aberporth lifeguards bring the man to safety

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    Lifeguards at Aberporth assist the kayaker

  • Porthcawl RNLI lifeboat

    Porthcawl RNLI lifeboat

  • Screen grab from video of Cardigan RNLI lifeboats and volunteer crews assisting after a person was injured on rocks.

    Cardigan RNLI lifeboats screen grab

  • RNLI rescue is a real family affair at Cardigan

    RNLI rescue is a real family affair at Cardigan

  • Celebrations in Cardigan as new RNLI lifeboat is officially named

    Celebrations in Cardigan as new RNLI lifeboat is officially named

  • Pembrokeshire RNLI lifeguard commended for brave rescue

    Pembrokeshire RNLI lifeguard commended for brave rescue

  • RNLI Flood Rescue Team at the multi-agency exercise ‘Watermark’ in Bala in 2011.

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team prepare for major flooding exercise in north Wales

  • Cardigan's D class lifeboat

    Cardigan's D class lifeboat

  • Aberporth RNLI lifeguards assist kayakers in difficulty

    Aberporth RNLI lifeguards assist kayakers in difficulty

  • RNLI lifeguards and volunteer lifeboat crew assist family stranded in capsized dinghy

    RNLI lifeguards and volunteer lifeboat crew assist family stranded in capsized dinghy

  • Cardigan RNLI volunteers free stranded porpoise

    Cardigan RNLI volunteers free stranded porpoise

  • Cardigan’s volunteer lifeboat crew are presented with Framed Letters of Thanks

    Cardigan’s volunteer lifeboat crew are presented with Framed Letters of Thanks

  • Cardigan RNLI says thank you to crew employers

    Cardigan RNLI says thank you to crew employers

  • RNLI provide safety cover for over 1,500 Ironmen at Tenby’s North beach

    RNLI provide safety cover for over 1,500 Ironmen at Tenby’s North beach-3

  • RNLI provide safety cover for over 1,500 Ironmen at Tenby’s North beach

    RNLI provide safety cover for over 1,500 Ironmen at Tenby’s North beach-2

  • RNLI provide safety cover for over 1,500 Ironmen at Tenby’s North beach

    RNLI provide safety cover for over 1,500 Ironmen at Tenby’s North beach-1

  • RNLI provide safety cover for over 1,500 Ironmen at Tenby’s North beach

    RNLI provide safety cover for over 1,500 Ironmen at Tenby’s North beach

  • False alarm for New Quay RNLI

    False alarm for New Quay RNLI

  • Chinese lanterns and flares result in call-outs for RNLI volunteers in Wales

    Chinese lanterns and flares result in call-outs for RNLI volunteers in Wales

  • Following on from the wettest summer since 1912 *, volunteers from the RNLI Flood Rescue Team (FRT) from Wales are taking part in a specialist flood water exercise in Anglesey to refresh their skills and prepare them for future flooding events.

    Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team exercise in Anglesey

  • RNLI volunteers bring 43 members of the public to safety in St Asaph flooding

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team during St Asaph flooding

  • RNLI Flood Rescue Team evacuate people in North Wales floods

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team during a training exercise in Anglesey earlier this month

  • RNLI volunteers continue flood training after wettest summer for 100 years

    Members of the Wales and West Flood Rescue Team

  • Mayday call out for Cardigan RNLI lifeboat during busy weekend

    Cardigan's RNLI lifeboat

  • Wind and rain results in fewer launches for Welsh RNLI lifeboat crews

    Trearddur Bay RNLI Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Hereford Endeavour

  • Cardigan RNLI volunteer crew presented with Jubilee Medals

    Cardigan RNLI volunteers receiving the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medals

 

Image of lifeboat
 


Lifeboat name:
 Tanni Grey

Lifeboat class: B Class

Funded by: Wales and West Mercia Appeal

Read more about the B class


Image of lifeboat



Lifeboat name:
Elsie Ida Meade

Lifeboat class: D class

Funded by: Elsie Ida Meade

Read more about the D class

The station was first established in 1849.  In 1849 and in 1876 a new lifeboat house was constructed at a cost of £450.

1867
The RNLI paid a £10 gratuity to the widow of crew member D Richards who caught a cold as a result of going on service on 6 January 1867.

1873
Silver Medal awarded to Richard Jinks, Chief Officer of HM Coastguards, for saving the crew of two of the smack Ocean of Milford, which had been driven onto Cardigan Bar during a south-easterly wind and in heavy sea, on 13 September.

1880
Breakwater constructed to protect the lifeboat house at a cost of £350.

1888
Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain William Niles, for long service.

1901
Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain David Rees, on his retirement.

1919
Bronze Medal awarded to Coxswain Thomas Bowen, for a service to the ss Conservator which got into difficulties in Cardigan Bay in a north-westerly full gale, snow, and very heavy seas on 27 March.  Despite seas washing over both vessels her 10 man crew was taken off and as the lifeboat was unable to return to station because of the weather conditions, she crossed the bar, ran up the river to Cardigan and landed the survivors there.

1932
Station closed.

1971
Station re-opened as an ILB station with the placing on service of a D class lifeboat.

1972
Framed Letters of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution sent to crew members V Evans, R Evans and the Deputy Launching Authority, Mr J W Marr in recognition of the part they played in the rescue of four people after their boat capsized on the bar on 13 August.  Mr Brian Francis, a fisherman, was accorded the Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum for his part in the rescue.  He was also awarded the Royal Humane Society’s Bronze Medal.

1979
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Helmsman Vernon Evans, in recognition of his skill and determination when the yacht Snow Rych was saved and her crew of four rescued after the yacht had broached on Cardigan Bay on 17 April.

1980
Bronze Medal awarded to Helmsman Robert Reynolds, in recognition of the courage and seamanship displayed by him and The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum awarded to crew members Vernon Evans and Charles Sharp when on 15 August in seas estimated to be 16 feet or more, they went to the assistance of an 18 foot motor cruiser with four people and a dog on board.  Reaching the casualty Helmsman Reynolds drove the lifeboat onto the vessel amidships enabling the two lifeboat crewmembers to grab a boy who was firmly grasping a dog and haul him aboard.  An attempt to rescue a woman was frustrated as she was holding firmly onto her husband.  Another approach was made and the owner of the cruiser was grabbed.  At this point the coxswain decided to land these survivors on the beach after which he returned to the casualty, drove the bow of the lifeboat onto the cruiser and the remaining couple were pulled aboard.

1987
A D class lifeboat withdrawn and a C class lifeboat placed on service on 29 March.

On 20 June the new lifeboat house, built to accommodate the new C class lifeboat was officially opened, the new lifeboat was dedicated and a Centenary Vellum was awarded to the station.

1997
Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to crew members Jeremy Thomas and Leonard Walters when three people were rescued near Penbryn Beach after being cut off by the tide.  The C class lifeboat was operating in conditions at the limits of this class of lifeboat.  Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum also accorded to a young Aberporth Lifeguard, Simon Jury, who assisted the lifeboat in this service, using his surfboard on 28 August 1996.

1998
A New boathouse for Atlantic 75 class lifeboat and D class lifeboat completed in March.

2005
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Helmsman Dyfrig Brown in recognition of his skill and seamanship when the B class inshore lifeboat saved the lives of three men cut off by the rising tide at Fathganeg Rock on 30 August 2004.  The service was carried out in large turbulent seas close to a dangerous rock pinnacle.  A fourth man was saved by a helicopter

2009
The new station D class lifeboat D-709 Elsi Lda Meade was placed on service on 28 January.  Lifeboat D-547 Society of Societies has been withdrawn to the relief fleet.

2011
Framed letter of thanks signed by the Chairman of the RNLI, Admiral the Lord Boyce awarded to Helmsman Len Walters for the rescue of a couple from a capsized catamaran from rocks at Tresaith in adverse conditions on the afternoon of 30 April 2011.