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Exmouth Lifeboat Station

Exmouth Lifeboat Station

Celebrating over 200 years as a lifeboat station, Exmouth operates two lifeboats - an inshore D class lifeboat and the new-to-operation Shannon class lifeboat. The crews have been presented with 11 awards for gallantry.

This station is classed as an Explore station. Explore stations offer the best visitor experience. Exmouth has a visitor viewing gallery above the RNLI gift shop where you can view the all-weather Shannon class lifeboat. You can also see the Shannon's Launch and Recovery System through the glass, during shop opening hours. Our station conducts visits by arrangement through our website - book today, we look forward to welcoming you to our station!  

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Station address:

Exmouth Lifeboat Station
Queens Drive
Exmouth
Devon
EX8 2AY

Station telephone:

01395 263579

Station opening times:

10am–4.30pm daily

Accessibility:

Disabled access

Shop telephone:

01395 274890

Shop opening hours:

May-October
Monday-Sunday
10am-5pm

November-April
Monday-Sunday
11am-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.

 

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Exmouth's Shannon class llifeboats, R and J Welburn is recovered to the boathouse after a two hour search.

    R and J Welburn is recovered

  • Exmouth Lifeboat volunteer Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Emma Tarling, Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Visitors watch as George Bearman launches on service

    Inshore lifeboat is required on service

  • RNLI mascot, Stormy Stan meets a young visitor at the Open Day

    Stormy Stan meets a young visitor

  • Young visitors could climb on board the inshore lifeboat George Bearman

    Young visitors at the Open Day

  • Exmouth lifeboat Crew wives and girlfriends on their Jazzy Jar stall

    WAGS on the Jazzy Jar stall

  • Exmouth inshore lifeboat launching for the third time.

    Exmouth inshore lifeboat launching for the third time.

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Emma Tarling, Lifeboat Press Officer

  • D class lifeboat George Bearman launches to four people on a broken down RIB in the river Exe.

    Third inshore lifeboat launch

  • Exmouth Lifeboat volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Left to Right: Mick Cox, Chris Broom and Mick Legult from Men’s Shed Exmouth; Kevin Riley, Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager and Bill Lodge from Men in Sheds, Exeter.

    Men's Shed volunteers at Exmouth lifeboat station

  • Exmouth Lifeboat Fundraising Team Press Officer, Louise Hockings-Thompson.

    Louise Hockings-Thompson

  • Jean Carpenter (left) with RNLI Chairman, Charles Hunter-Pease and Mike Baldwin (right) on the day of the award ceremony at Dartington Hall.

    Two Fundraisers receive their gold badges

  • Exmouth Lifeboat volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Emma Tarling, Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Trainee Crew volunteer, Roger Moore during his training course at the RNLI Lifeboat College at Poole.

    Roger Moore at Lifeboat College

  • Teignmouth's Atlantic 85 class lifeboat tows the casualty yacht as Exmouth's Shannon class lifeboat stands by. Taken from crew on HMS Echo.

    Teignmouth and Exmouth lifeboats with casualty yacht

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Teignmouth RNLI's Atlantic 85 class lifeboat tows casualty yacht in the lee of HMS Echo in high winds.

    Teignmouth RNLI tow casualty yacht

  • Exmouth Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Emma Tarling, Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Darryl Nicholas (left) takes the role of LMG Chair from Tim Baker (right) after six years.

    Darryl Nicholas takes over the role from Tim Baker

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling.

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • A visually impaired visitor feeeling around the Shannon Launch and Recovery System's engine

    Visitor feeling the tractor engine

  • One of the vsitors trying on an inshore lifejacket.

    Visitor trying a lfejacket on

  • Exmouth lifeboat station volunteer Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • The 12 visually impaired visitors with their helpers and guide dogs in front of Exmouth lifeboat station

    Derek and Neil with their visually impaired visitors

  • Exmouth Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Emma Tarling, Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Teignmouth Crew volunteers transfer the casualty whilst Exmouth Crew volunteers take over the yacht tow to Torquay.

    Teignmouth and Exmouth assist lone sailor in difficulty

  • Exmouth Lifeboat volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Emma Tarling, Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Left to Right - 
Deputy Launching Authority, Neil Matson; Casualties, Richard Smith and Jared Colclough; Coxswain, Steve Hockings-Thompson; 
Mechanic, Mark Sansom and Tractor Driver, Neil Cannon.

    Casualties hand over a cheque to the rescuers who saved their lives

  • Exmouth Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Emma Tarling, Lifeboat Press Officer

  • The dogs and ladies were recovered directly into the boathouse.

    Inshore lifeboat recovery

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • R and J Welburn brings the casualty under tow into Exmouth Marinia

    Exmouth Shannon lifeboat towing casualty

  • Emma Tarling, Exmouth Lifeboat volunteer Press Officer

    Emma Tarling, Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Crew volunteers return to station following the rescue of the elderly injured lady from Sandy Bay beach.

    Inshore lifeboat recovery

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer visitor guides recruitment poster

    Recruitment poster

  • Exmouth lifeboat station, visitor experience centre and shop on Queens Drive

    Exmouth lifeboat station

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Exmouth RNLI Crew volunteer assists one of two stricken yachts in the Exe estuary

    Stricken yacht in Exe estuary

  • 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.

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Fishing boat alongside Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn at Torquay

    Casualty alongside R and J Welburn

  • Beach recovery of Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn using Shannon launch and recovery system

    Recovery of R and J Welburn after service

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Emma Tarling, Lifebopat Press Officer

  • Exmouth RNLI Crew volunteers pass over the four casualties to awaiting coastguard and police teams at Topsham.

    Crew volunteers transfer casualties to the shore.

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarlling

    Emma Tarling, Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Crowds watch R and J Welburn launch at last year's Open Day

    2014 Open Day

  • Exmouth RNLI crew volunteers supervise the safe recovery of the casualty vessel

    Crew volunteers with jet-ski shuttle

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Emma Tarling, Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Crew volunteers approach the motor cruiser in difficulty

    Motor cruiser in difficulty

  • Shannon class lifeboat launches to cheers from visiting schoolchildren

    Shannon lifeboat launch

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Emma Tarling, Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Shannon class crew volunteers ready to pass across the salvage pump to the trawler

    Volunteers ready with the salvage pump

  • Volunteers assisting trawler which had taken on 5 foot of water

    Trawler in difficulty

  • Crew volunteers on board trawler with salvage pump working

    Volunteers with salvage pump

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteers launch Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn

    Shannon class R and J Welburn launches.

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteers launch their D class inshore lifeboat George Bearman

    Inshore lifeboat George Bearman launches.

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Exmouth RNLI crew and Annette Richardson, niece of donor meet the casualties on the beach

    First lives saved meets donor and crew that rescued them

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Exmouth RNLI Coxswain, Steve Hockings-Thompson cracks open the bottle of champagne whilst his crew watch on.

    Champagne is poured to name R and J Welburn

  • The naming and dedication ceremony of Exmouth RNLI's Shannon class lifeboat, R and J Welburn.

    Naming ceremony of RNLB R and J Welburn

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Emma Tarling, Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Exmouth's Shannon class lifeboat, R and J Welburn

    RNLB R and J Welburn

  • 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

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn is launched following reports of a broken-down motorboat.

    Exmouth's Shannon class lifeboat launching on service

  • Crew volunteers on board inshore lifeboat George Bearman guard the scene of the sinking motorboat.

    Inshore crew volunteers watch over the hazardous scene

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Winner, Katie Burke (front centre) and the four finalists enjoy sampling the winning flavour. Back left to right: Tony Badcott, owner of Antonio's; Exmouth RNLI Fundraiser, Emma Chandler and Exmouth RNLI Mechanic, Andy Williams.

    Katie's Strawberry Shortcake is revealed as the winning flavour

  • HRH The Duke of Kent stepping aboard R and J Welburn in the boathall.

    HRH The Duke of Kent stepping aboard the Exmouth Shannon

  • HRH The Duke of Kent on the deck of Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn during recovery.

    HRH The Duke of Kent with Exmouth Crew volunteers

  • HRH The Duke of Kent sitting in the Coxswain's seat on Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn

    HRH The Duke of Kent aboard the Exmouth Shannon

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Exmouth RNLI's Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn approaching Exmouth beach.

    RNLB R and J Welburn

  • HRH The Duke of Kent on a visit to Padstow RNLI in 2009

    HRH The Duke of Kent

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Emma Tarling, Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Exmouth Lifeboat's Fundraising couple: Speaker, Brian Cole and Secretary, Beryl Cole.

    Brian and Beryl Cole

  • Brian Cole dressed as RNLI mascot, Stormy Stan at the 2012 Exmouth Lifeboat Open Day.

    Exmouth RNLI Fundraiser, Brian Cole

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • The Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn on exercise off Exmouth beach.

    Exmouth Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn

  • 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

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Emma Tarling, Lifeboat Press Officer

  • The six volunteers with their awards on board the Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn

    The six long-service award volunteers

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Emma Tarling, Lifeboat Press Officer

  • This year's entry to the community Christmas Tree exhibition at A La Ronde National Trust building.

    The Exmouth RNLI Christmas tree entry at A la Ronde

  • Linda, Rosemary and Pat were some of the Shop volunteers to man stalls at a number of community events this month.

    Some of the dedicated Outside Events team

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

 

Image of lifeboat
 

Lifeboat name: R and J Welburn

Lifeboat class: Shannon class

Read more about the Shannon


Image of lifeboat

Lifeboat name: George Bearman

Lifeboat class: D class

Read more about the D class

 

The first lifeboat was built by Greathead.  Apparently the station ceased to exist for some years until it was re-established by the Institution in 1858.

 

1831
Silver Medal awarded to Chief Officer of Coastguard Lt John Sergeant.  On 6 December 1830 the brig Unity was driven ashore near Exmouth during a violent storm.  The Manby rock apparatus failed because the line broke.  Lieutenant Sergeant went into the surf with a rope and with the assistance of two of his crew and several inhabitants succeeded in saving the whole crew of seven.

1851
Silver Medal awarded to Thomas Pincomb Jnr, a pilot, who was upset from his boat while putting off with the intention of rescuing the crew of the brig Maria wrecked at Exmouth on 5 January 1851.

1859
Lifeboat house constructed.

1867
Lifeboat capsized on exercise.  No lives lost.

1882
On 1 November the lifeboat was launched on service to schooner Lady Elizabeth but was unable to find her.  The crew then tried to beach but just before dusk in a strong gale and heavy rain the boat was struck by an unusually heavy sea and capsized.  Fortunately all the crew regained the boat.  They then made for the station, which they reached after 5½ hours of severe toil at rowing.

1884
Gas service provided to lifeboat house.

1894
Silver Medals awarded to John Bradford, Uriah Bradford and George Prowse, for gallantly launching a small boat and, at considerable risk, rescuing the crew of six of the schooner John Gronsind of Svendborg, which had been driven on the Pole Sands in a strong south easterly gale and a very heavy sea on 4 January 1894.

1903
New lifeboat house constructed on site of existing one at a cost of over £700.

1905
Signalman Frederick Hayman Horne fired the signals for an exercise on 9 August and went home.  He was however found dead later from a heart attack amongst some trees near the lifeboat house.  Committee of Management voted £15 to local fund.

1907
Whilst lifeboat was being launched for exercise on 14 March, Coxswain Henry Christopher Squire, who was assisting, collapsed and died.  Committee of Management voted £150 to dependants.

1916
The lifeboat was launched on service on 5 November during a whole south east gale and very heavy sea to the ship St Paul.  The crew was composed of elderly men and the Committee of Management granted them an additional award and sent them a special letter of thanks.

1930
Centenary Vellum awarded.

1938
Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Coxswain Thomas Horne for the launch on 15 January.  At 0530 a report that rockets had been seen off Lyme Regis and it was decided to launch the motor lifeboat Catherine Harriet Eaton.  A gale was blowing from the southwest against the spring ebb tide, making a very heavy sea in the bay.  A big bank of sand had formed on the beach and this and the heavy seas made the work of launching extremely difficult.  Thirty-two launchers took part, the Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer of the station wading out to encourage them, and it was not until the fourth attempt that the launchers succeeded in getting the lifeboat underway.  For six hours the lifeboat searched in the gale, but could find no vessel in distress.  She returned to station at 1345.

1952
Lifeboat signalman Samuel Gifford fell from his bicycle when answering a service call on 6 July and sustained severe bruising and abrasions.  He went on service but on returning was taken to hospital and later had a stroke.  He died on 25 December 1953.  His wife received an allowance from the Institution until she died April 1980.

1953
Crew member P S Gifford was fatally injured en route to a launch.

Commemorative Vellum awarded for 150 years.

1954
Bronze Medal awarded to Coxswain Harold Bradford for the rescue of the crew of five of the cabin cruiser Nicky which was in distress some 50 yards inside a rocky ledge at the approach to the estuary of the River Exe on 19 September 1954.  The rescue was carried out with courage and determination under difficult conditions of darkness in shallow breaking water with heavy rain squalls.

1956
On 25 December the lifeboat was on service to the motor vessel Minerva when she was struck by heavy seas and Second Coxswain Phillips and crew member William Carder were washed overboard.  The shore was informed by radio and a search of the beach was organised and both men were found.  Unfortunately William Carder could not be revived.  An allowance was paid to his father by the Institution.

Following this tragedy Trinity House asked those members of the lifeboat crew who were members of the Pilot staff to resign from the lifeboat and Coxswain H J Bradford, a Bronze Medallist, and two others left the service.

1966
D class lifeboat sent to station in May.

The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum were accorded to Coxswain Brian Rowsell and crew member Peter Rowsell in recognition of their service in the inflatable lifeboat on 29 May when three bathers were rescued in a heavy sea two miles south west of Exmouth.

1977
Motor Mechanic Bernard Bradford was awarded the Queens Silver Jubilee Medal.

1981
A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution, The Duke of Atholl, awarded to Coxswain Brian Rowsell in recognition of the service carried out by him in the station's boarding boat on 19 December, when the crew of two of the yacht Michelle were landed.  This service was performed in very difficult conditions with a strong south south easterly gale and very rough, short seas.  Leaving and entering the dock entrance were hazardous operations.  Mr M Clifton, a former crew member of the inflatable lifeboat who accompanied Coxswain Rowsell, was sent a Letter of Appreciation signed by the Director, Rear Admiral W J Graham.

1985
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to crew member Geoffrey Ingram in recognition of his meritorious action on 7 April when he entered the sea from the lifeboat Caroline Finch to give support to two girls who were in considerable difficulty after a speedboat sank one and a half miles east by south of Exmouth.

1994
Refurbishment of the crewroom and repairs to tractor house.

Brede class lifeboat withdrawn and replaced by a Waveney.

1996
Waveney class lifeboat withdrawn and replaced by a Trent class, 6 July 1997.

1997
New D class lifeboat D516 placed on service on 27 May.

2002
Following the visit on 24 October 2001 by the Coast Review delegation, led by Admiral Sir Jock Slater, it was agreed by the Search and Rescue Committee on 6 February 2002 and resolved by the Executive Committee at their meeting on 10 April 2002 that there be no change to the lifeboat cover provided at Exmouth Lifeboat Station but that every effort be made to reduce the existing launching limitation for the all-weather lifeboat.

The Trustee Meeting held on 27 November decided that Exmouth Lifeboat Station be awarded a Vellum to commemorate the completion of 200 years service in 2003.

2006
The new class of lifeboat IB1, D669 George Bearman was placed on service on Wednesday 27 September.  D516 has been withdrawn to the Relief Fleet.

2008
A new class of lifeboat, a Mersey, ON 1178 Margaret Jean was placed on service on 20 May.  This was to minimise the service restriction due to the depth of water in the river at low tide.

2009
A new station and FCB2 and D Class boathouse was built at a total cost of £1,750,000.

2010
A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution, Admiral the Lord Boyce was awarded to Helmsman Giles White in recognition of his tenacity, judgement and seamanship skills when the inshore lifeboat rescued two teenage girls close to the sea wall of Dawlish.  The girls had been swept into the sea on the evening of 9 October 2010.  The service was conducted in confused breaking seas in near darkness.

2012
Bronze Medal awarded to Helmsman Roger Jackson in recognition of his courage, seamanship, leadership and tenacity when the lifeboat saved the lives of four young men whose RIB had capsized on the afternoon of 23 October 2011.  The service was conducted in the most hazardous part of the river estuary, in south easterly force 7/8 winds and steep, breaking four metre waves. Unable to approach the upturned RIB because of copious amounts of flotsam and wreckage, he made four separate approaches to recover the casualties, timing his calls for them to swim to the lifeboat one at a time at moments when both boats were positioned between the waves’ crests.  Crew members Mark Champion and Andrew Williams were both accorded the Thanks of the Institute inscribed on Vellum for their courage, professionalism and commitment to the service.

MEDAL RECORD
Seven medals have been awarded, five Silver and two Bronze the last being voted in 2012