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Hunstanton Lifeboat Station

Hunstanton Lifeboat Station

Hunstanton Lifeboat Station has seen several different types of rescue craft during its history. It saw the RNLI’s first motor tractor and today it operates an inshore B class Atlantic 75 lifeboat and one of only four inshore rescue hovercraft.




Recent launches from this station

Date Time
13/09/2016 16:08
04/09/2016 09:15
26/08/2016 18:17
17/08/2016 15:36
15/08/2016 17:19
15/08/2016 13:54
06/08/2016 12:35
31/07/2016 17:38
10/07/2016 13:15
09/07/2016 21:01

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Station address:

Hunstanton Lifeboat Station
Sea Lane
Old Hunstanton
PE36 6JN

Station telephone:

01485 532597

Station opening times:

9am–12pm Sunday, all other times by appointment only


Parking, disabled access

Visitor contact:

Robin Rafferty

Visitor contact telephone:

07771 662978

Shop telephone:

01485 535758

Shop opening times:

School summer holidays


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: Hunstanton Flyer(Civil Service No.45)

Lifeboat class: Hovercraft

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Lifeboat name: Spirit of West Norfolk

Lifeboat class: B Class-Atlantic 85

Read more about the B class

Station established prior to 1825 by Norfolk Association, but not in operation at time of Northumberland Report in 1851.

Lifeboat house constructed at a cost of £140, when RNLI established a station.

Lifeboat capsized whilst on service, fortunately without loss of life.

Set of horse launching poles supplied.

New lifeboat house constructed at a cost of £650.

£70 compensation paid to owner for death of horse at an exercise.

£30 granted as compensation for injuries to a horse sustained at an exercise.

Station closed.

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Decision made to establish ILB station – proceeded no further as local authorities did not think they would need one at present.

Inshore lifeboat station established with the placing on service of a D class lifeboat in June.

RSPCA awarded crew of lifeboat, A Clarke, A Osborne and J Connors a certificate of merit for the rescue of a dog from a speedboat whose occupant had fallen overboard and had been taken to hospital leaving the speedboat circling at full power.

D class lifeboat withdrawn and replaced by an Atlantic 21 class lifeboat.

Bronze Medal awarded to Helmsman Alan Clarke, in recognition of his courage, skill and determination when the lifeboat rescued a man, together with his sailboard, who was in difficulties close to a wreck off Brancaster in a westerly gale and a rough sea on 31 March 1985.

Second-Service Clasp to the Bronze Medal awarded to Helmsman Alan Clarke in recognition of the courage and seamanship he displayed when landing an injured man from the motor fishing vessel Portunus in The Wash, in a strong southerly gale, short steep seas and total darkness on 7 February 1988.

Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Helmsman, Alan John Clarke, in recognition of the competence and seamanship displayed by him, when in a north-north-westerly strong breeze, rough seas and total darkness on 2 September 1989, the lifeboat rescued the sole occupant of the yacht Sanchia which was aground on the Thornham harbour bar.

New fuel store constructed adjacent to the boathouse

New Atlantic 75 class lifeboat B749 was placed on service in September.

Alterations to boathouse completed.

Hovercraft H003 Hunstanton Flyer (Civil Service no 45) went on service on 25 July.

Lifeboat Operations Manager David Harrison has been awarded the MBE by Her Majesty The Queen in this years New Years Honours.

Facilities for hovercraft completed September at a cost of £179,250.