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Horton and Port Eynon Lifeboat Station

Horton Lifeboat Station

For over 70 years a lifeboat has covered the Horton and Port Eynon area of the south Gower coast. The crews have been presented with five awards for gallantry but sadly the station has also witnessed tragedy with three crew losing their lives.

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. 

 

Recent launches from this station

Date Time
20/07/2014 22:35
15/07/2014 14:30
12/07/2014 18:18
07/07/2014 22:55
27/06/2014 20:40
22/06/2014 16:45
14/06/2014 18:41
12/05/2014 11:18
10/05/2014 15:32
29/04/2014 11:07

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Station address:

Horton and Port Eynon Lifeboat Station
The Hayes
Horton
Swansea
SA3 1LB

Station telephone:

01792 390424

Station opening times:

9.30am–1pm Sunday

Don't Miss: Crew Training 9.30am–1pm Sunday 

Accessibility:

Disabled Access

Visitor contact:

S W Davies

Visitor contact telephone:

01792 422752

Shop opening times:

Sundays
10am–12pm
 

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.

 

 


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Lifeboat name: Albert Wordley

Lifeboat class: D class

Read more about the D class

1884
Station established at Port Eynon.  Lifeboat house constructed at a cost of £330.

1888
Slipway extended at a cost of £100.

1899
Watchroom built next to lifeboat house.

1916
Lifeboat capsized on two occasions when attempting to render assistance to ss Dunvegan of Glasgow on 1 January.  Three of the crew were drowned – Coxswain W Gibbs, William Eynon and George Harry.  The Committee of Management voted £400 to dependant relatives.

Station temporarily closed on 11 January.  Lifeboat returned to store-yard on 11 May.

1919
Station closed on 10 September.

1920
Lease of lifeboat house surrendered.

1968
Inshore lifeboat station established with the placing on service of a D class lifeboat.  It was decided that the station be known as Horton & Port Eynon.  During the inauguration ceremony on 15 August, a call was received that a bather was in difficulties.  The inshore lifeboat immediately proceeded to the scene and during the search for the bather the inshore lifeboat capsized, throwing the crew of three into the water.  Fortunately they reached the shore safely.

1973
Bronze Medal awarded to Helmsman, John Walter Grove, for the rescue of three people in difficulties amongst rocky reefs off Worms Head on 2 July 1973.  For this service crew members, Charles Gwilyn Twitchett and Andrew John McNulty received the Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum.

1974
Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Helmsman, John Walter Grove, for the rescue of 10 people from a capsized yacht and two broken down inflatable boats in gale force wind and rough seas on 10 August.

1992
New boathouse to accommodate both the lifeboat and the tractor was completed in March.  It also included a crewroom with galley, a souvenir outlet, toilet, fuel store and a look-out tower.

1999
Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution, Mr David Acland, presented to Helmsman Lawrence Grove for the rescue of four people cut off by the tide at Worms Head on 27 October.  The rescue took place in rough seas and heavy surf and the inshore lifeboat had to be recovered at Llangennith and returned to station by road.

2001
Ex crew member Lawrence Grove awarded Member, Order of the British Empire (MBE) in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours.

2002
Following the visit on 4 September 2001 by the Coast Review delegation, led by Commodore R C Hastie, 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 a B class Atlantic/FIBI inshore lifeboat be co-located at this station, subject to the necessary additional shoreworks being provided and clear evidence that sufficient enrolled crew members would be available.

2008
The new station D class lifeboat D688 Albert Wordley was placed on service on 4 March.  This lifeboat was provided by the generous bequest of Mrs Shirley Elizabeth Cottrell in memory of her father. Lifeboat D531 has been withdrawn.

2012
Following the visit on Tuesday 24 January 2012 by the Coast Review delegation, led by Rear Admiral John Tolhurst, it was agreed by the Operations Committee on 21 March 2012 and resolved by the Trustee Board at their meeting on 4 April 2012 that there be no change to the lifeboat cover provided by Horton and Port Eynon Lifeboat Station.