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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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Recent launches from this station

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07/12/2014 12:16
28/11/2014 10:53
10/11/2014 17:36
09/11/2014 19:30
01/11/2014 18:12
01/11/2014 14:11
07/10/2014 18:34
07/10/2014 18:33
07/10/2014 18:32
06/10/2014 09:23

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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

    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

  • Exmouth RNLI Crew volunteers launching to reports of missing kitesurfer

    Inshore lifeboat launching to missing kitesurfer

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Exmouth RNLI Crew Volunteers attaching tow rope to fishing boat from Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn.

    Fishing boat alongside Exmouth lifeboat

  • Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn launches to the aid of a fishing boat in Lyme Bay.

    Exmouth lifeboat launches in the dark

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Emma Tarling, Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Crew, Deputy Launching Authorities, Lifeboat Medical Advisers and Chair of the Management Group at the 2014 Exmouth Lifeboat Ball

    Exmouth RNLI volunteers at the 2014 Lifeboat Ball

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Emma Tarling, Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Damage was caused to the large wooden boathouse doors.

    Damage to the boathouse door

  • The perpetrators smashed the laminated glass panel in the door to the lifeboat hall.

    Smashed window panel in boathouse door.

  • The shop wall cladding had been displaced and metal plate to the donation box removed.

    Broken panel to shop wall donation box

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Emma Tarling, Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Alex Ellis-Roswell takes a tour of Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn in Exmouth Marina

    Alex aboard Exmouth's Shannon class lifeboat

  • Exmouth RNLI Coxswain Steve Hockings-Thompson gives fundraiser, Alex Ellis-Roswell a lift across the river Exe to Dawlish Warren

    Alex crosses the Exe estuary

  • Antonio’s hands Exmouth RNLI a cheque from donations of Darcey’s Doughnut Delight.

    Antonio’s hands Exmouth RNLI a cheque from donations of Darcey’s Doughnut Delight.

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Emma Tarling, Lifeboat Press Officer

  • The point at which the kitesurfer was recovered and the Crew volunteers were tasked to boats adrift in the river Exe

    Kitesurfer recovery

  • Dependable RNLI shop volunteers who helped raise the alarm (left to right): Linda Causey, Rachel Hughes and Pat Atkinson.

    Exmouth RNLI Monday shop volunteers

  • Family and friends aboard Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn at Exmouth Marina

    The Chistening party aboard Exmouth Lifeboat

  • The bell from a previous Exmouth Lifeboat was used as a font for Reuben's baptism.

    Reverend Hutchings and Reuben Stott

  • Exmouth RNLI launch to boat on fire in River Exe

    Exmouth RNLI launch to boat on fire in River Exe

  • Exmouth RNLI launch to boat on fire

    Exmouth RNLI launch to boat on fire

  • Exmouth RNLI launch to boat fire

    Exmouth RNLI launch to boat fire

  • Damage suffered at Exmouth

    Damage suffered at Exmouth

  • The Shannon class lifeboat tows in a broken down vessel

    The Shannon class lifeboat tows in a broken down vessel

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Emma Tarling, Lifeboat Press Officer

  • RNLI Lifeguard, Kate Berridge challenges Crew Volunteer, Max Champion to row the fastest 500m

    RNLI Lifeguards go head to head with RNLI Crew

  • Exmouth RNLI inshore Crew volunteers watch Rodney Bey crew on Man Overboard exercise.

    Rodney Bey on Man Overboard exercise

  • Chair of Exmouth Gig Club, Ben Atkinson (left) presents Steve Hockings-Thompson (right) with a cheque from the Open Day Weekend event.

    Exmouth Gig Club present Exmouth RNLI with their cheque

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • A number of classic Minis were parked in front of the lifeboat station at the 2013 Mouth2Mouth run.

    Classic Minis from last year's run

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Exmouth RNLI Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn launching to assist yacht in Lyme Bay

    Exmouth Lifeboat launching in choppy conditions

  • Mark Sansom, Second Mechanic was placed aboard to assist the casualties to safety

    One of the Crew Volunteers helps sail the yacht into Exmouth Marina

  • Two of the most experienced Crew volunteers were placed aboard to help the sailors

    Two Crew volunteers aboard casualty yacht

  • Two Crew volunteers were placed aboard the casualty yacht

    Shannon lifeboat assisting yacht in choppy conditions

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • The brothers with two other collection boxes made from recycled containers

    Jamie and Noah Howard with two other creations

  • Jamie and his brother, Noah hand over the collection to Exmouth RNLI volunteers, Neil Cannon and Emma Tarling

    Jamie hands over his collection to Exmouth RNLI

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Crowds and stalls at the 2013 Open Day

    Crowds flocked to the 2013 Open Day

  • Crew volunteers aboard the inshore lifeboat take part in a demonstration with RNLI Lifeguards

    Demonstration at the 2013 Open Day

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • 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

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn lands on the beach five hours after launching to rescue a broken down fishing boat

    Shannon class returned during sunset

  • Inshore lifeboat towing powerboat to Exmouth Marina

    Powerboat tow off Budleigh Salterton

  • Exmouth RNLI Crew volunteer throws the casualty a tow line, 24 miles south of Lyme Regis

    Fishing boat tow in Lyme Bay

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Exmouth Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Joe watches the Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn launch on exercise

    Joe watches the Shannon class launch from the beach

  • Joe Stanbury with his winning Christmas Card design

    Joe with his winning design

  • Joe Stanbury hands over his fundraising cheque to Exmouth RNLI Coxswain, Steve Hockings-Thompson

    Joe hands over his cheque to Exmouth RNLI Coxswain

  • Joe Stanbury (centre front) with Exmouth RNLI Crew volunteers before their exercise on Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn

    Joe with Exmouth RNLI Crew volunteers

  • Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Emma Tarling, Exmouth Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Exmouth RNLI's Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn returns to Exmouth beach after her first shout

    R and J Welburn returning after her first shout

  • With the Shannon class lifeboat, R and J Welburn positioned on the ramp, the congregation filled the boathall.

    Exmouth RNLI's annual Sea Sunday service

  • 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

  • Exmouth Artist, Mark Loman with the oil painting for auction

    Mark Loman with The Lookout

  • 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

  • Reverend James Hutchings takes last year's Sea Sunday service

    2013 Sea Sunday service

  • RNLI Lifeguards help marshal beachgoers during recovery of R and J Welburn

    Shannon lifeboat recovery on Exmouth Beach

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Exmouth RNLI Mechanic, Andy Williams monitors the engine from his seat using the SIMS screen

    Volunteer crew aboard R and J Welburn reach the casualty

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat, George Bearman is recovered after the shout

    Exmouth RNLI inshore lifeboat being recovered

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Emma Tarling, Lifeboat Press Officer

  • George Bearman launching to rescue Paula, the Jack Russell

    Inshore lifeboat George Bearman launching

  • Trainee Crew Volunteer, Paul Fox (left) with Paula and her grateful owners

    Paula, the rescued Jack Russell

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Brownies from 1st Woodbury pack with Exmouth RNLI volunteers in front of the station’s new Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn.

    The Brownies joined RNLI volunteers for some photos

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Emma Tarling, Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Emma Tarling, Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Crew volunteer trainee, Tim Barnes at the helm of R and J Welburn during Shannon familiarisation in May.

    Tim at the helm of Exmouth's Shannon lifeboat

  • Lifeboat Press Officer Emma Tarling.

    Emma Tarling

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Mersey class, Margaret Jean is led down the beach by Shannon class R and J Welburn to launch from Exmouth beach for the last time.

    The Mersey is led down the beach by the Shannon

  • Divisional Operations Manager, Richard Weeks (sixth from left) and Divisional Technical Manager, Mark Evans (third from left) declare the R and J Welburn ready for operation.

    Crew volunteers celebrate R and J Welburn in operation

  • Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Emma Tarling, Exmouth RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

    Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn (left) with the Mersey class Margaret Jean (right) which will be replaced as the station's all-weather lifeboat.

    Exmouth RNLI's two all-weather lifeboats

  • Crew volunteers use the Shannon Launch and Recovery System to recover their new lifeboat for the first time.

    The Shannon Launch and Recovery System in action

  • The arrival R and J Welburn was watched by hundreds of people who had flocked to the beach for the occasion.

    Crowds watch the Shannon's arrival

  • The newly trained Shannon crew aboard the R and J Welburn in mid-spin

    Shannon crew aboard R and J Welburn

  • All three Exmouth lifeboats: Shannon class R and J Welburn (front), Mersey class Margaret Jean (middle) and D class George Bearman (back)

    The three Exmouth RNLI lifeboats

  • Exmouth RNLI's Shannon class lifeboat, R and J Welburn arrives home at last

    R and J Welburn lands on Exmouth beach for the first time

  • Exmouth RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Crowds flock to the Exmouth RNLI Open Day

    2013 Exmouth RNLI Open Day

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

  • Shannon class lifeboat 13-03 R and J Welburn during Coxswains’ training off Jersey.

    Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn

  • Coxswains during Shannon training at Poole, aboard R and J Welburn. Left to right: Ian Taylor (trainee Coxswain), Scott Ranft (Second Coxswain), Steve Hockings-Thompson (Coxswain) ad Roger Jackson (Deputy Coxswain).

    Exmouth RNLI Coxswains aboard their new Shannon class lifeboat

  • Exmouth RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, Emma Tarling

    Exmouth RNLI Press Officer

  • Exmouth RNLI's Shannon class lifeboat during Coxswain training off Jersey, April 2014

    RNLB Shannon class lifeboat R and J Welburn

 

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