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Fishguard Lifeboat Station

Fishguard Lifeboat Station

Fishguard is one of seven stations operating a lifeboat funded by Blue Peter.  Fishguard also operates an inshore D class lifeboat and the crews have been presented with 29 awards for gallantry.

​This station is classed as an Observe station. Observe stations also welcome visitors but many are in inaccessible places and best suited to maritime rescue rather than visits. However, they are situated in stunning locations so why not enjoy the local area, using the station as a starting point?

 

 

Recent launches from this station

Date Time
20/11/2014 07:41
17/10/2014 16:41
29/09/2014 13:50
12/09/2014 13:36
22/08/2014 17:12
22/08/2014 17:10
20/08/2014 18:37
20/08/2014 18:34
11/08/2014 16:31
07/08/2014 16:42

Latest news from this station

  • Fishguard RNLI lifeboats respond to capsized dinghy in Newport Bay

    21-08-2014

    A capsized dinghy with three crew aboard resulted in a multi-agency response on the evening of Wednesday 20 August with both Fishguard all-weather lifeboat and inshore lifeboat heading to Newport Bay.

  • Fishguard RNLI launch broken down boat

    13-08-2014

    Fishguard RNLI's all-weather lifeboat with its volunteer crew launched on Thursday evening 7 August to attend a pleasure boat which had suffered engine failure some 23 miles north of Fishguard whilst heading for north Wales from Newport, Gwent.

  • Fishguard RNLI assist recovery of capsized dinghy

    12-08-2014

    A capsized dinghy in Newport Bay resulted in Fishguard RNLI's all-weather lifeboat launching at 4.45pm on the afternoon of Monday 11 August to assist in its recovery after it had been ascertained that the three crew were safely ashore.

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Station address:

Fishguard Lifeboat Station
North Breakwater
Fishguard Harbour
Goodwick
Pembrokeshire
SA64 0BU

Station telephone:

01348 873231

Station opening times:

9am–5pm Monday–Friday

Accessibility:

Parking, Disabled Parking

Visitor contact:

Paul Butler - Coxswain 

Visitor contact telephone:

01348 873231 

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.

 

  • Andrew Antonen, Fishguard RNLI lifeboat crew

    Andrew Antonen, Fishguard RNLI lifeboat crew

  • Fishguard all-weather RNLI lifeboat

    Fishguard all-weather RNLI lifeboat

  • Fishguard RNLI called to sinking yacht

    Fishguard RNLI called to sinking yacht

  • Fishguard all-weather lifeboat

    Fishguard all-weather lifeboat

  • Scalloper keeps Fishguard RNLI busy

    Scalloper keeps Fishguard RNLI busy

  • Fishguard all-weather lifeboat

    Fishguard all-weather lifeboat

  • Fishguard RNLI inshore lifeboat

    Fishguard RNLI inshore lifeboat

  • Retired Master Mariner, Captain David Williams (right) has taken over as Lifeboat Operations Manager (LOM) of Fishguard RNLI. He succeeds Ian Hunter (left) who remains involved with the Lifeboat as a Deputy Launching Authority.

    Retired Master Mariner takes over as Operations Manager at Fishguard RNLI

  • RNLI volunteer crew in search for missing divers off Pembrokeshire coast

    RNLI volunteer crew in search for missing divers off Pembrokeshire coast

  • Pembrokeshire RNLI lifeguard commended for brave rescue

    Pembrokeshire RNLI lifeguard commended for brave rescue

  • Double Father’s Day celebration for Fishguard’s newest and oldest RNLI volunteers

    Double Father’s Day celebration for Fishguard’s newest and oldest RNLI volunteers-2

  • Double Father’s Day celebration for Fishguard’s newest and oldest RNLI volunteers

    Double Father’s Day celebration for Fishguard’s newest and oldest RNLI volunteers-1

  • Double Father’s Day celebration for Fishguard’s newest and oldest RNLI volunteers

    Double Father’s Day celebration for Fishguard’s newest and oldest RNLI volunteers

  • Fishguard RNLI lifeboat called to fishing boat with engine failure

    Fishguard RNLI lifeboat called to fishing boat with engine failure

  • Fishguard RNLI volunteers assist round Britain solo sailor

    Fishguard RNLI volunteers assist round Britain solo sailor

  • Fishguard all-weather lifeboat

    Fishguard all-weather lifeboat

  • Paul Boissor, Chief Executive of the RNLI, visited Fishguard Lifeboat station on Monday evening 07 January to meet the station officers, crew members and other volunteers'

    Paul Boissier, Chief Executive of the RNLI, visited Fishguard lifeboat station

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

    Trearddur Bay RNLI Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Hereford Endeavour

 

Image of lifeboat
 

Lifeboat name: Blue Peter VII

Lifeboat class: Trent class

Funded by: The proceeds from the Blue Peter TV appeal 1993/94

Read more about the Trent


Image of lifeboat

Lifeboat name: Team Effort

Lifeboat class: D class

Read more about the D class 

 

 

 

 

The Fishguard lifeboat station was taken over the Institution at the request of the inhabitants in 1855.  It was originally established in 1822 with a lifeboat built locally.

 

1834
Silver Medal awarded to Lieut Thomas Evans RN for rescuing the Master and crew of the Sloop Ranger that was wrecked in very heavy seas off Fishguard on 29 November 1833.

1844
Silver Medal awarded to Captain Thomas Evans RN for the rescue of six men by lifeboat from the Schooner Trevor on 17 February 1836 and ‘…for long continuing exertions in the cause of humanity’.

1845
Silver Medal awarded to John Acraman for the rescue of the masters and crews of both the schooner Ann and Elizabeth and the brig Antelope, which were wrecked at Fishguard in severe weather conditions on 2 December 1844.

1847
Silver Medals awarded to John Evans, Master of the Schooner Royal George and William Jenkins for the rescue of the Master, Thomas Jones, and six men from the Sloop Sir Peregrine that was driven ashore in foul weather conditions and sank on 22 October 1946.

Silver Medals awarded to Martha and Margaret Llewellyn for wading into the sea and rescuing three men, from the smack Margaret that was stranded on the beach at Fishguard in severe weather conditions on 22 October 1846. 

1849
Silver Medal awarded to Acting Master William Rees, for rescuing the master and five crew of the brig Lady Kenmure that was wrecked on Goodwick Sands on 29 January 1849.

1861
Silver Medals awarded to David Beddoe and Albert Furlong for rescuing at considerable risk of life, by ropes and other means, two men from the Sloop Elizabeth and Mary that was wrecked during a heavy gale on 19 February 1861.

1866
Crew member C Grinder died from the effects of a service. 

1867
The RNLI paid £5 to Anne Grinder, widow of Charles Grinder, who died as a result of exposure during a service on the Fishguard lifeboat.

1873
Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain James White in acknowledgement of his gallant services on several occasions in assisting to save 50 lives from various wrecks.

1875
Silver Second Service Clasp awarded to Coxswain James White when during a terrible gale on 14 November 1874 the lifeboat was launched to four different vessels in distress and rescued 16 lives.

1877
Silver Medal Third Service Clasp awarded to Coxswain James White for the rescue, in the number two lifeboat The Fraser, of four people from the dandy Adventure showing signals of distress near Goodwick Sands and 11 people from the brig B F Nash seen through the darkness to be going aground during a heavy gale on 20 February 1877.  On the 23 February the gale increased in fury and three vessels at anchor in the roadstead showed distress signals.  The number one lifeboat Sir Edward Perrott was launched and forcing her way through the heavy sea succeeded in saving two people for the George Evans four people from the Adventurer and three people from the Supply, all were landed at 4.30 am.   It immediately became necessary to launch again to the brig B.F.Nash the crew having returned to her and were now in danger.  Soon after reaching her however, the tide ebbed and the crew decided to remain on board.

Slipway for No 2 lifeboat entirely destroyed by the sea.

1882
Lifeboat launched five times in a fresh north north easterly gale on 16 November to 15 different vessels and rescued 46 lives.

1886
No 1 lifeboat was launched on 8 December to a reported fishing boat in distress during a hurricane and very rough sea and on return capsized and all the crew were thrown out; fortunately no lives were lost.

1888
Honorary Secretary of 31 years Mr William Vaughan, was succeeded by his son Mr W G Vaughan, who subsequently resigned in 1912 after 24 years’ service.

1889
Coxswain James White resigned after 23 years’ service.  He had been awarded the Silver Medal and two bars.

1899
Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain James Thomas, in recognition of his general gallant services in saving life from shipwreck.

1902
District Inspector reported that up to then a single crew had been enrolled for the two lifeboats.

1906
Silver Medal awarded to James Thomas on his resignation as Coxswain Superintendent.

1907
No 1 station closed.

1909
Motor lifeboat sent to station.

1911
Lifeboat house removed to a new site and slipway constructed by the GW Railway.

1920
The slipway, having been severely damaged by Teredo (marine worm), was repaired at a cost of over £2,300.

1921
Gold Medal awarded to Coxswain John Howells Silver Medals to Thomas O Davies, Robert E Simpson and Thomas Holmes, and Bronze Medals to the rest of the crew for the rescue of seven from the Dutch motor schooner Hermina, which was totally wrecked on the Needle Rock during a strong northerly gale and tremendously heavy sea on 3 December 1920.  The lifeboat sustained considerable damage in effecting this rescue.  The Queen of Holland presented a gold watch to Coxswain John Howells, and silver watches to the other 12 members of the crew for this service. 

A celebration Centenary Vellum was awarded.

1934
Member of crew washed out of lifeboat on service but was recovered.

1944
On 10 December at 4:46 in the afternoon a message was received from the coastguard that a vessel had sent up red flares about seven miles west of Strumple Head.  A moderate north-west wind was blowing, with a rough sea.  At six o’clock the motor lifeboat White Star was launched and found the SS Dan Beard, of New Orleans, wrecked.  There was no one on board.  When the lifeboat had made certain of this she searched for survivors, but found nothing except a ship’s lifebuoy with a light.   One of the lifeboat’s crew, T M Neal was taken seriously ill, so the lifeboat returned to her station and he was landed and taken home by a police car.  He was paralysed, and shortly afterwards he died.  The lifeboat informed the coastguard of her fruitless search and the naval authorities asked her to launch again and continue it.  This she did but she found neither the boats nor men and returned to her station at ten o’clock next morning.  The Institution paid the funeral expenses.

1953
Mr M L Nicholls resigned after being honorary secretary since 1916.  He was awarded binoculars in 1926, gold badge in 1948, MBE in 1950 and appointed Honorary Life Governor in 1953.

1972
150th Anniversary Vellum awarded.

1981
HRH The Duke of Kent named the new lifeboat Marie Winstone on 27 October.

1984
A Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution awarded to Coxswain Francis George, in recognition of his leadership and good judgement when the lifeboat saved the fishing vessel Oneida and rescued her crew of three in a south-south-easterly gale and a rough sea on 30 November.

1994
Blue Peter VII, ON1198, a Trent class lifeboat the RNLI’s newest design, was placed on service at Fishguard on 2 September.

1995
D class lifeboat sent to station on 21 April.

1996
D class lifeboat withdrawn and replaced by a new D class lifeboat D505 Arthur Bygraves on Wednesday 24 July.

2003
Coxswain Francis George has been honoured by Her Majesty The Queen, in the recent New Years Honours List with an MBE for services to the Institution.

2006
The new class of lifeboat IB1, D652 Team Effort was placed on service on Monday 10 April.  D505 has been withdrawn to the Relief Fleet

2007
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Helmsman Stephen Done for saving the lives of two teenagers stranded on a rock ledge on 7 August 2006.  The D class lifeboat was taken into a small cove amongst breaking waves and clapotic seas to save them.  The other crew members, Dr Joanne Boughton and Robert Lanham each received a Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution Admiral Sir Jock Slater.

MEDAL RECORD
Twenty-eight medals have been awarded, one Gold, 18 Silver and nine Bronze.  The last medals were voted in 1920.