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Cullercoats Lifeboat Station

Cullercoats Lifeboat Station

For over 150 years Cullercoats has had a lifeboat station and the lifeboat crews have been presented with seven awards for gallantry. The station has also seen tragedy with seven crew losing their lives saving others at sea.

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
07/08/2014 16:17
04/08/2014 21:10
23/07/2014 21:25
17/07/2014 19:24
17/07/2014 17:41
03/07/2014 03:51
18/06/2014 21:08
17/06/2014 19:42
17/06/2014 18:19
01/06/2014 06:11

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Station address:

Cullercoats Lifeboat Station
Cullercoats Harbour
North Side
Cullercoats
Tyne & Wear  
NE30 3DS

Station telephone:

0191 252 1820

Station opening times:

Wednesday 6.30pm–8pm
Sunday 9am–11.30am

Visitor contact:

Marc Pattinson

Visitor contact telephone:

07540 726221

Shop telephone:

0191 253 5251

Shop opening times:

June–September
Monday–Sunday
10am–4pm

 

 

 

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.

  • RAF rescue helicopter arriving on scene to transport casualty to hospital.

    RAF rescue helicopter arriving on scene

  • Kayaker in the water before rescue by Blyth RNLI

    Kayaker in the water before rescue

  • Casualty in the lifeboat

    Casualty in the lifeboat

  • The Atlantic 85 lifeboats of Newbiggin and Cullercoats generously funded by the late Mr. Burdon.

    Newbiggin and Cullercoats Lifeboats

  • Lifeboats from Newbiggin , Blyth, Cullercoats and Tynemouth took part in the Blyth Maritime Festival escorting the sailing ship 'Stavros S Niarchos' London

    Blyth Maritime Festival

  • Lifeboats from Newbiggin , Blyth, Cullercoats and Tynemouth took part in the Blyth Maritime Festival escorting the sailing ship 'Stavros S Niarchos' London

    Newbiggin & Cullercoats Lifeboats

  • Lifeboats from Newbiggin , Blyth, Cullercoats and Tynemouth took part in the Blyth Maritime Festival escorting the sailing ship 'Stavros S Niarchos' London

    Blyth Maritime Festival

  • Lifeboats from Newbiggin , Blyth, Cullercoats and Tynemouth took part in the Blyth Maritime Festival escorting the sailing ship 'Stavros S Niarchos' London

    Blyth Maritime Festival

  • Lifeboats from Newbiggin , Blyth, Cullercoats and Tynemouth took part in the Blyth Maritime Festival escorting the sailing ship 'Stavros S Niarchos' London

    Blyth Maritime Festival

  • Newbiggin and Cullercoats Atlantic 85 lifeboats

    Blyth Maritime Festival

  • Lifeboats from Newbiggin , Blyth, Cullercoats and Tynemouth took part in the Blyth Maritime Festival escorting the sailing ship 'Stavros S Niarchos' London

    Blyth Maritime Festival

  • Lifeboats from Newbiggin , Blyth, Cullercoats and Tynemouth took part in the Blyth Maritime Festival escorting the sailing ship 'Stavros S Niarchos' London

    Blyth Maritime Festival

  • Lifeboats from Newbiggin , Blyth, Cullercoats and Tynemouth took part in the Blyth Maritime Festival escorting the sailing ship 'Stavros S Niarchos' London

    Blyth Maritime Festival

  • Lifeboats from Newbiggin , Blyth, Cullercoats and Tynemouth took part in the Blyth Maritime Festival escorting the sailing ship 'Stavros S Niarchos' London

    Blyth Maritime Festival

  • Lifeboats from Newbiggin , Blyth, Cullercoats and Tynemouth took part in the Blyth Maritime Festival escorting the sailing ship 'Stavros S Niarchos' London

    Blyth Maritime Festival

  • Lifeboats from Newbiggin , Blyth, Cullercoats and Tynemouth took part in the Blyth Maritime Festival escorting the sailing ship 'Stavros S Niarchos' London

    Blyth Maritime Festival

  • Lifeboats from Newbiggin , Blyth, Cullercoats and Tynemouth took part in the Blyth Maritime Festival escorting the sailing ship 'Stavros S Niarchos' London

    Blyth Maritime Festival

  • Foresters help RNLI Cullercoats’ volunteer crew members

    Foresters help RNLI Cullercoats’ volunteer crew members

  • Cullercoats lifeboat station launches new Christmas card

    Cullercoats lifeboat station launches new Christmas card

  • Cullercoats Lifeboat in rescue in King Edward’s Bay

    Cullercoats Lifeboat in rescue in King Edward’s Bay

  • Whitley Bay Pubs Provide Great Support for Lifeboat Volunteers

    Whitley Bay Pubs Provide Great Support for Lifeboat Volunteers

  • Cullercoats RNLI Lifeboat Hold Annual Harbour Day

    Cullercoats RNLI Lifeboat Hold Annual Harbour Day-1

  • Cullercoats RNLI Lifeboat Hold Annual Harbour Day

    Cullercoats RNLI Lifeboat Hold Annual Harbour Day

  • Have fun and help the Cullercoats lifeboat

    Have fun and help the Cullercoats lifeboat

  • RNLI honours Whitley Bay GP

    RNLI honours Whitley Bay GP

  • Towing Yacht to Marina

    Towing Yacht to Marina

  • North east RNLI volunteers ready to put family festivities on hold this Christmas

    North east RNLI volunteers ready to put family festivities on hold this Christmas

  • Wildcats rocking again for the Cullercoats lifeboat

    Wildcats rocking again for the Cullercoats lifeboat

  • RNLI is calling all potential lifeguards in Tyne and Wear

    Lifeguards in action on beach

  • Leek growers make a grand splash for Cullercoats lifeboat

    Leek growers make a grand splash for Cullercoats lifeboat

  • RNLI lifeguards and volunteers team up to help stranded fishing boat in North Tyneside

    RNLI lifeguards and volunteers team up to help stranded fishing boat in North Tyneside

  • Golf Day success for RNLI Cullercoats lifeboat

    Golf Day success for RNLI Cullercoats lifeboat

  • Hillcrest School SOS for RNLI Cullercoats lifeboat

    Hillcrest School SOS for RNLI Cullercoats lifeboat

  • RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards work together after man gets swept off Whitley Bay prom

    RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards work together after man gets swept off Whitley Bay prom

  • Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat receives blessing

    Cullercoats RNLI lifeboat receives blessing

  • Cullercoats RNLI Lifeboatman receives charity award

    Cullercoats RNLI Lifeboatman receives charity award

  • A “Grand Day” as Cullercoats Crescent Club helps Cullercoats Lifeboat

    A “Grand Day” as Cullercoats Crescent Club helps Cullercoats Lifeboat

  • Help for Cullercoats Lifeboat

    Help for Cullercoats Lifeboat

  • RNLI advises beach-goers to stay safe ahead of the Diamond Jubilee weekend

    RNLI advises beach-goers to stay safe ahead of the Diamond Jubilee weekend-4

  • RNLI advises beach-goers to stay safe ahead of the Diamond Jubilee weekend

    RNLI advises beach-goers to stay safe ahead of the Diamond Jubilee weekend-3

  • RNLI advises beach-goers to stay safe ahead of the Diamond Jubilee weekend

    RNLI advises beach-goers to stay safe ahead of the Diamond Jubilee weekend-2

  • RNLI advises beach-goers to stay safe ahead of the Diamond Jubilee weekend

    RNLI advises beach-goers to stay safe ahead of the Diamond Jubilee weekend-1

  • RNLI advises beach-goers to stay safe ahead of the Diamond Jubilee weekend

    RNLI advises beach-goers to stay safe ahead of the Diamond Jubilee weekend

  • Family thank Cullercoats volunteers for life saving rescue

    Family thank Cullercoats volunteers for life saving rescue

  • Cullercoats lifeboat station gears up for Christmas

    Cullercoats lifeboat station gears up for Christmas

  • Busy half term for Cullercoats RNLI

    Busy half term for Cullercoats RNLI

  • Cullercoats RNLI Harbour Day 2011

    Cullercoats RNLI Harbour Day 2011-1

  • Cullercoats RNLI Harbour Day 2011

    Cullercoats RNLI Harbour Day 2011

  • Family from Liverpool rescued by Cullercoats RNLI.

    Family from Liverpool rescued by Cullercoats RNLI.

  • North east RNLI lifeguards and volunteer lifeboat crew benefit from profitable charity partnership

    North east RNLI lifeguards and volunteer lifeboat crew benefit from profitable charity partnership

  • Newcastle-Gosforth Round Table provide silver lining for RNLI lifeguards

    Round Table donation

  • Newcastle-Gosforth Round Table provide silver lining for RNLI lifeguards

    Cheque handover from Round Table

  • Cullercoats RNLI crew member moves onto pastures new and is recognised for his c

    Stephen receives his award

  • RNLI Cullercoats inshore lifeboat saves stranded dog in Bay

    Roxy being lifted into the boat

  • RNLI Cullercoats Harbour Day - a great success

    Crowds at Harbour Day

  • Three RNLI lifeboats from Tynemouth and Cullercoats search for swimmer

    Tynemouth RNLI all weather lifeboat returns from the search for a missing swimmer

Image of lifeboat
 


Lifeboat name: 
Hylton Burdon

Lifeboat class: B class (Atlantic 85)

Read more about the B class

1827
Silver Medal awarded to Alexander Donkin when he rescue the master of the sloop James that was wrecked on shore near Cullercoats at 2100 in a heavy gale on 7 March 1827.  A boat manned by nine fishermen made two unsuccessful attempted to reach the wreck so Mr Donkin plunged in amongst the breakers and swam until he reached a rock some 40 yards from the wreck where he was able then, after much difficulty to save the master who had jumped off the wreck.  The two men were then taken off the rock by the nine men in the local boat that had been pulled over the rocks to launch from a new site.  The Medal for this service was stolen and re-issued as a new Medal in 1833.

1853
Medal awarded to Coxswain John Redford for a service on 26 February 1852, when a fishing boat endeavouring to enter Cullercoats Haven during a heavy gale, was dashed against the rocks and two out of three people drowned.  The third, a young boy, who had succeeded in retaining his hold of a rock was rescued by Coxswain Redford, who jumped into the surf with a rope and swam to his assistance enabling the boy to be hauled to safety.

1896
Co-operative Union, the donors of the lifeboat, raised local funds for a new lifeboat house and slipway.

1897
System of enrolled crews abolished and all the fishermen between 21-55 who were considered suitable were enrolled.

1898
Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain Andrew Taylor on his retirement in recognition of his service in saving lives at sea.

1913
Member of crew washed out of lifeboat when on service on 15 January to barque Californian of Mariehamn but was recovered.

1939
On 22 April, when the lifeboat was out on an exercise, launch in a moderate north east gale, the coxswain, a most experienced seaman, took her close to Sharpness Point where there is a strong tide-rip and a confused backwash from the rocks and from Tynemouth Pier.  In that weather there was nothing to make the place exceptionally dangerous for the lifeboat, but the lifeboat was caught by a combination of several seas which built themselves up into a single sea of exceptional size, so suddenly and so near the lifeboat, that the coxswain had no time to luff up to meet it.  It struck the lifeboat on her beam and threw her right over.  Of the 10 people on board, four managed to struggle ashore but the other six, including the coxswain and the honorary secretary, were drowned.  Their names were J L Abel, JR Armstrong, K L Biggar, Lt Cmdr L E R Blakeney-Booth, G Brunton, J H Scott and T Stewart.

1950
On 27 November the body of a man was seen in the sea.  Lifeboat grounded at bottom of slipway and three men were washed off breakwater trying to get afloat.  Raymond Oliver aged 18 youngest member of the lifeboat crew jumped overboard and though spraining his ankle brought the men ashore with the assistance of his uncle.  He then returned to the lifeboat

On 30 May the lifeboat returned ashore after an engine trial and was being replaced on her carriage when she slipped back severely injuring a helper, Mr Thomas Stewart, aged 66.  As a result of this his leg was amputated and he died.  His widow was granted a pension.

1952
A Centenary Vellum awarded.

1965
D class lifeboat sent to station in May.

1969
Conventional lifeboat withdrawn from station on 4 May.

1984
D class lifeboat withdrawn and replaced with a C class on 12 June.

1991
C class lifeboat withdrawn from station on 9 April and replaced by Atlantic 21 class lifeboat.

1995
Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Helmsman Brian Gould in recognition of his seamanship and leadership when the lifeboat rescued five people from a speedboat which had capsized in breaking seas, in a Force 5 Fresh Breeze and heavy surf approximately 400 yards off Tynemouth beach north of Sharpness Point on 8 April.

1996
Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Helmsman Robert Oliver in recognition of his courage, seamanship and leadership.  Framed Letters of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution was accorded to crew members Mark Charlton and David Pendlington in recognition of the service to rescue a lifeguard trapped on a rocky ledge in a rising tide at the base of a 60ft cliff in a Force 7 Near Gale and 5m breaking seas and stood by while personnel from Caird Industrial Services and Northumbrian Water effected a cliff rescue on the afternoon of 29 August.

1997
The Walter and Elizabeth Groombridge Award for the most meritorious service performed by an Atlantic 21 class lifeboat during 1996 was awarded to Helmsman Robert Oliver for the service on 29 August detailed above.

2001
On 28 November 2001 the Committee of Management voted the award of a Vellum to Cullercoats to commemorate the completion of 150 years as a lifeboat station in 2002.

2003
A boathouse extension completed at a cost of £354,575.

2007
A boathouse extension to accommodate FIB1 was completed ion 7 February at a cost of £125,000.

The new class of lifeboat, the Atlantic 85, B811 Hylton Burdon was placed on service on Tuesday 9 January.  This lifeboat was provided by the generous bequest of Mr Hylton Burdon.  Lifeboat B591 has been withdrawn.

2011
An Exceptional First Aid Certificate was awarded to crew members Ross Dun and Grahame Wood for their treatment of a seriously injured and unconscious man on 15 June 2011.  He had fallen amongst rocks in an inaccessible location and as well as his serious injuries, was at risk from the sea breaking over the rocks.

2012
Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Helmsman Robert Oliver in recognition of his judgement, seamanship skill and leadership, framed Letters of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution were awarded to crew members Grahame Wood and Stephen Potts in recognition of the service when the inshore lifeboat saved a boy who had been swept into the sea at Brown’s Bay, Cullercoats on the afternoon of 26 October 2011.   Access to the area was restricted by an off shore reef. Three to four metre seas reflected off the promenade wall were meeting the broken water coming over the reef.  There would only be one chance to succeed, and despite the severe risk the lifeboat recovered the boy and exited the bay through breaking seas in the narrows to the north. The boy was landed at the lifeboat station and airlifted to hospital.