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Loch Ness Lifeboat Station

Lochness Lifeboat Station

Loch Ness is now home to the first RNLI lifeboat on the inshore waters of Scotland.  This is the first time in 13 years that the RNLI has placed a lifeboat in a new location in Scotland.

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Recent launches from this station

Date Time
25/09/2016 13:36
22/08/2016 14:30
21/08/2016 18:07
19/08/2016 20:35
15/08/2016 06:48
21/07/2016 13:42
01/07/2016 10:47
30/06/2016 12:44
14/06/2016 13:23
05/06/2016 18:02

Latest news from this station

  • Loch Ness lifeboat crew assist grounded yacht

    Loch Ness lifeboat crew assist grounded yacht

    10-11-2015

    Three friends on a major coastal journey from Whitehaven, Cumbria, spend a lonely night aground on Loch Ness near the famous Aldourie Castle after their yacht ran aground as it made it's way towards the Caledonian Canal entrance at Dochgarroch.

  • Loch Ness Lifeboat Monster Swim

    Loch Ness Lifeboat Monster Swim

    29-09-2015

    This weekend, a team of swimmers led by Loch Ness RNLI volunteer crew member Jamie Young will undertake a monster relay of Loch Ness to raise money for the charity's new boathouse.

  • Fisherman rescued after boat runs aground on Loch Ness

    Fisherman rescued after boat runs aground on Loch Ness

    14-06-2015

    Volunteers from Loch Ness RNLI launch after report received of three fisherman aground near Foyers on Loch Ness.

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Station address:

Temple Pier
Drumnadrochit
Inverness
IV63 6XR

Station opening times:

By prior agreement only

Visitor contact:

Ewan Cameron

Visitor contact telephone:

01456 450769
07852 997399

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.

  • Loch Ness lifeboat crew assisting grounded yacht Mistique

    Loch Ness lifeboat crew assisting grounded yacht Mistique

  • Loch Ness lifeboat crew assisting grounded yacht Mistique

    Loch Ness lifeboat crew assisting grounded yacht Mistique

  • Loch Ness lifeboat crew assisting grounded yacht Mistique

    Loch Ness lifeboat crew assisting grounded yacht Mistique

  • Loch Ness lifeboat crew assisting grounded yacht Mistique

    Loch Ness lifeboat crew assisting grounded yacht Mistique

  • Loch Ness lifeboat crew assisting grounded yacht Mistique

    Loch Ness lifeboat crew assisting grounded yacht Mistique

  • Loch Ness Monster Swim

    Loch Ness Monster Swim

  • RNLI Loch Ness rescue three fishermen

    RNLI Loch Ness rescue three fishermen

  • RNLI Loch Ness

    RNLI Loch Ness

  • RNLI Loch Ness

    RNLI Loch Ness

  • RNLI Loch Ness

    RNLI Loch Ness

  • New Loch Ness lifeboat station

    New Loch Ness lifeboat station

  • Loch Ness Lifeboat

    Loch Ness Lifeboat

  • Loch Ness lifeboat at its present mooring

    Loch Ness lifeboat at its present mooring

  • Loch Ness lifeboat underway

    Loch Ness lifeboat underway

  • Current Loch Ness lifeboat station

    Current Loch Ness lifeboat station

  • Image of the proposed new station from the architect

    Image of the proposed new station from the architect

  • Image of the proposed new station from the architect

    Image of the proposed new station from the architect

  • Image of the proposed new station from the architect

    Image of the proposed new station from the architect

  • RNLI Kessock

    RNLI Kessock

  • Loch Ness lifeboat assisting the family

    Loch Ness lifeboat assisting the family

  • The lifeboat assisting the grounded cruiser

    The lifeboat assisting the grounded cruiser

  • The lifeboat on scene

    The lifeboat on scene

  • Lifeboat Press Officer and Helm, Martin Douglas

    RNLI LOch Ness Helm Martin Douglas

  • Howie Whyte helms the RNLI Loch Ness lifeboat towards the cruiser which was aground on Loch Ness.
Helm Jamie MacPherson is on the cruiser assisting the family.

    RNLI Loch Ness volunteers assisting cruiser with two adults and two children aboard

  • RNLI volunteer Helm, Martin Douglas, throwing a line to crewmate Jamie MacPherson. Lifeboat helmed by Howie Whyte.

    Tow line throw to casualty vessel

  • New book on Scottish lifeboats

    New book on Scottish lifeboats

  • Author Nicholas Leach, centre.

    Author Nicholas Leach, centre

  • Broughty Ferry lifeboat

    Broughty Ferry lifeboat

  • Loch Ness lifeboat

    Loch Ness lifeboat

  • Loch Ness lifeboat

    Loch Ness lifeboat

  • Loch Ness lifeboat back on station

    Loch Ness lifeboat back on station

  • Elf & Safety with Loch Ness RNLI

    Elf & Safety with Loch Ness RNLI

  • Be the first to know when lifeboats are launched

    Be the first to know when lifeboats are launched

  • Loch Ness RNLI volunteer part of London art project by Antony Gormley

    Loch Ness RNLI volunteer part of London art project by Antony Gormley

  • Scot's Mini Adventure hits the Highlands and passes 3000 mile mark

    Scot's Mini Adventure hits the Highlands and passes 3000 mile mark

  • Gale force winds create Loch drama.

    Gale force winds create Loch drama.

  • Man missing at Falls of Foyers, Loch Ness.

    Man missing at Falls of Foyers, Loch Ness.

  • Loch Ness RNLI lower flag to half mast

    Loch Ness RNLI lower flag to half mast

  • Distressed man with head injury in river near Loch Ness

    Distressed man with head injury in river near Loch Ness

  • Overdue fisherman sparks late night Loch search

    Overdue fisherman sparks late night Loch search

  • Seth Lakeman faces the music for RNLI Loch Ness

    Seth Lakeman faces the music for RNLI Loch Ness-2

  • Seth Lakeman faces the music for RNLI Loch Ness

    Seth Lakeman faces the music for RNLI Loch Ness-1

  • Seth Lakeman faces the music for RNLI Loch Ness

    Seth Lakeman faces the music for RNLI Loch Ness

  • Pregnant woman taken to hospital after family rescue on Loch Ness

    Pregnant woman taken to hospital after family rescue on Loch Ness

  • Loch Ness RNLI lifeboat called to cruiser with fouled propeller

    Loch Ness RNLI lifeboat called to cruiser with fouled propeller

  • Local RNLI crews and Yorkshire mates row Caledonian Canal in 100 year old lifeboat

    Local RNLI crews and Yorkshire mates row Caledonian Canal in 100 year old lifeboat

  • Orkney Girls on loch Ness

    Orkney Girls on loch Ness

  • Capsized boat on Loch Ness sparks early morning drama

    Capsized boat on Loch Ness sparks early morning drama

  • Dores Inn has Lifejackets on the menu

    Dores Inn has Lifejackets on the menu

  • Capsized boat on Loch Ness sparks early morning drama

    Capsized boat on Loch Ness sparks early morning drama

  • Loch Ness lifeboat assisting the disabled cruiser

    Loch Ness lifeboat assisting the cruiser

  • Chris and Simon

    Chris and Simon

  • Chris and Simon

    Chris and Simon

  • Chris and Simon

    Chris and Simon

  • RNLI volunteer crews in Scotland prepare to save lives at sea over the festive period

    RNLI volunteer crews in Scotland prepare to save lives at sea over the festive period

  • Minister treasures RNLI’s work

    Minister treasures RNLI’s work

  • Hamster and six people rescued on Loch Ness

    Hamster and six people rescued on Loch Ness-1

  • Hamster and six people rescued on Loch Ness

    Hamster and six people rescued on Loch Ness-2

  • Hamster and six people rescued on Loch Ness

    Hamster and six people rescued on Loch Ness

  • Fishing pair rescued on Loch Ness

    Fishing pair rescued on Loch Ness

  • Road crash alert for Loch Ness RNLI Lifeboat

    Road crash alert for Loch Ness RNLI Lifeboat

  • Loch Ness no mystery for Teen

    Loch Ness no mystery for Teen

  • Congratul-Ale-tions

    Congratul-Ale-tions-3

  • Congratul-Ale-tions

    Congratul-Ale-tions-2

  • Congratul-Ale-tions

    Congratul-Ale-tions-1

  • Congratul-Ale-tions

    Congratul-Ale-tions

  • Congratul-Ale-tions

    Congratul-Ale-tions-3

  • Congratul-Ale-tions

    Congratul-Ale-tions-2

  • Congratul-Ale-tions

    Congratul-Ale-tions-1

  • Congratul-Ale-tions

    Congratul-Ale-tions

  • Emergency on cruise ship during search for kayaker.

    Emergency on cruise ship during search for kayaker.

  • Missing kayaker sparks nighttime search

    Missing kayaker sparks nighttime search

  • Loch Ness - Monster Safety Event

    Loch Ness - Monster Safety Event

  • RNLI to extend Future Crew youth pilot scheme

    RNLI to extend Future Crew youth pilot scheme

  • Missing person sparks Loch Ness search

    Missing person sparks Loch Ness search

  • Smoke but not fire

    Smoke but not fire

  • Drifting Dinghy sparks search near RockNess

    Drifting Dinghy sparks search near RockNess

  • "Flare" sighting leads to night-time search

    "Flare" sighting leads to night-time search

  • Foyers Pier Lifeboat Day - Loch Nes

    Foyers Pier Lifeboat Day - Loch Nes

  • Loch Ness RNLI rescue two young girls from chilly loch

    Loch Ness RNLI rescue two young girls from chilly loch

  • Small bike. Big ambition

    Small bike. Big ambition-3

  • Small bike. Big ambition

    Small bike. Big ambition-2

  • Small bike. Big ambition

    Small bike. Big ambition-1

  • Small bike. Big ambition

    Small bike. Big ambition

  • Dramming up support on Loch Ness

    Dramming up support on Loch Ness

  • Cruising not bruising

    Cruising not bruising

  • Balmoral hosts Flood Rescue Demonstration by RNLI team

    Balmoral hosts Flood Rescue Demonstration by RNLI team

  • Lifeboats, camera, action - The RNLI announces winner of its Photographer of the Year competition

    Lifeboats, camera, action - The RNLI announces winner of its Photographer of the Year competition-3

  • Lifeboats, camera, action - The RNLI announces winner of its Photographer of the Year competition

    Lifeboats, camera, action - The RNLI announces winner of its Photographer of the Year competition-2

  • Lifeboats, camera, action - The RNLI announces winner of its Photographer of the Year competition

    Lifeboats, camera, action - The RNLI announces winner of its Photographer of the Year competition-1

  • Lifeboats, camera, action - The RNLI announces winner of its Photographer of the Year competition

    Lifeboats, camera, action - The RNLI announces winner of its Photographer of the Year competition

  • Loch, camera, action - Local volunteer wins award in RNLI Photographer of the Year Competition

    Loch, camera, action - Local volunteer wins award in RNLI Photographer of the Year Competition

  • Scottish volunteers win awards in RNLI Photographer of the Year Competition

    Scottish volunteers win awards in RNLI Photographer of the Year Competition

  • New lifejackets for the RNLI's livesavers in Scotland

    New lifejackets for the RNLI's livesavers in Scotland-1

  • New lifejackets for the RNLI's livesavers in Scotland

    New lifejackets for the RNLI's livesavers in Scotland

  • Birthday rescue for new Loch Ness lifeboat

    Birthday rescue for new Loch Ness lifeboat

  • Loch Ness RNLI lifeboat searches for hang glider in loch.

    Loch Ness RNLI lifeboat searches for hang glider in loch.

  • Dog is RNLI's new best friend.

    Dog is RNLI's new best friend.

  • Charity swimmer and support crew rescued on Loch Ness

    Loch Ness RNLI crew member and Press Officer Martin Douglas

  • Charity swimmer and support crew rescued on Loch Ness

    RNLI Loch Ness crew search for disabled sport boat.

 

Image of lifeboat
 


Lifeboat name: 
Mercurius

Lifeboat class: B class

Read more about the B class

 

 

HM Coastguard had been co-ordinating search and rescue activities on Loch Ness since the early nineteen-eighties.  Two auxiliary Coastguard units were stationed at Fort Augustus and Drumnadrochit for communication with the Coastguard Co-ordination Center in Aberdeen.  In the early days, the Coastguard requested the use of private boats for rescue activities, as there was no dedicated provider on the Loch.

Eventually a dedicated rescue boat for Loch Ness was based at Temple Pier, Drumnadrochit.  The first boat was a 5.5 metre RIB powered by a single 74 HP outboard engine.  This craft was capable of 30 knots and was equipped with VHF communications and rescue equipment.  Coastguard volunteers were specifically trained in rescue boat activities and in 1996 a boathouse and base was established at Temple Pier. 

In 2006 the Coastguard Boat Policy was reviewed and recognized the fact that the RNLI, who were the main providers of lifeboats in the UK, now had a policy for operating on non tidal waters.  An agreement was concluded in 2007 for the transfer of rescue boat activities to the RNLI, which has resulted in the provision of an Atlantic 75 lifeboat taking up duties with many of the existing coastguard crew from 2 April 2008.

2008
An Atlantic 75 lifeboat B707 Mercurius was placed on service on Wednesday 2 April.  At this time there are now 234 established RNLI stations.