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Looe Lifeboat Station

Looe Lifeboat Station

Operating from a new boathouse on the east side of the river at Looe, the lifeboat station has two inshore lifeboats - a B class and a D class.

This station is classed as an Explore station. Explore stations offer the best visitor experience. With free access, you can go inside and look around the station, see the lifeboat and, in most cases, pre-book a tour. They are normally open all year and have an RNLI gift shop. 

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Recent launches from this station

Date Time
26/07/2014 06:23
25/07/2014 11:04
24/07/2014 19:48
24/07/2014 19:48
23/07/2014 11:17
23/07/2014 00:13
13/07/2014 19:03
02/07/2014 18:39
28/06/2014 11:33
28/06/2014 11:32

Latest news from this station

  • Looe RNLI launch after report of person in the water

    23-07-2014

    Responding to a report of a person in the water off the Banjo pier in East Looe, both of Looe's RNLI lifeboats, the Atlantic Class Alan and Margaret and D Class Ollie Naismith were launched at 20 past midnight on Wednesday 23 July.

  • Looe RNLI welcomes the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall

    Looe RNLI welcomes the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall

    14-07-2014

    Looe Lifeboat Station played host to some very special visitors on Monday (14 July) when the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall visited the town. Their Royal Highnesses arrived at the lifeboat station to meet volunteers, before moving on for a tour of the town.

  • Fowey hosts RNLI ex lifeboat rally

    Fowey hosts RNLI ex lifeboat rally

    19-06-2014

    Former lifeboats from around the south west are expected in Fowey next weekend for the town’s annual RNLI ex lifeboat rally.

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Station address:

Looe Lifeboat Station
West End
East Looe
Cornwall
PL13 1AT

Station telephone:

01503 265072

Station opening times:

10am–5pm daily

Accessibility:

Disabled access

Visitor contact:

David Haines

Visitor contact telephone:

07770 267155

Shop telephone:

01503 265155

Shop opening times:

15-February-2 March
Monday-Sunday
11am-4pm

April-December
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.

 

Image of lifeboat
 


Lifeboat name: 
Alan & Margaret

Lifeboat class: B class

Read more about the B class


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Lifeboat name:
Ollie Naismith

Lifeboat class: D class

Read more about the D class

 

 

A station was established at Looe after several lives were lost when local boatmen went to the assistance of a fishing craft but the boat capsized in the breakers on returning to shore.  After this, and because a large number of vessels frequently used the harbour, the local inhabitants wanted to have a lifeboat.  As there were plenty of fishermen available to form a crew, a 32ft lifeboat, with 10 oars and a transporting carriage was sent to Looe.  In accordance to the late Sir John Pollard Willoughby BA request, this lifeboat was named the Oxfordshire, which was inaugurated on 28 December 1866.  The opening of this station is described in the Lifeboat Journal for July 1867.

1838
Silver Medal awarded to William Jennings, Coastguard, for a service on 27 November 1838 when the large London brig Belissima was blown onto rocks and soon showed signs of breaking up.  After attempts to reach her by rocket failed Mr Jennings volunteered to swim to her and after persevering for some time, got a rope on board enabling the Master and 12 crew to be saved.

1868
A race was held between lifeboats from Cadgwith, Lizard, Mullion, Penzance, Sennen Cove, Looe, Fowey and Porthleven.  The race was won by the Looe lifeboat.

1901
On 7 December the lifeboat assisted the vessel Gipsy of Nantes.  Fourteen crew were taken on board the lifeboat and the remaining five got into the ship’s boat and was taken in tow.  With the help of a tug all landed safely at Looe.  Three kittens were also saved.

1902
The French Government awarded a Gold Medal, 2nd class to Coxswain Edward Toms and Silver Medal, 2nd class, to each of the crew for the service to the Gipsy.

1930
Station closed in July.

COXSWAIN
William Alford 1866-1888​
Albert Fisk 1888-1898​
Edward Toms 1898-1919
William T Toms 1919-1930

HON SECRETARIES
R Thomas 1866-1894
S Brock, Chief Officer CG 1894-1898
T Parson 1898-1900
Capt J W Hughes 1900-1905
R Harbord 1905-1908
J F Chields 1908-1911
Capt J R Barber 1911-1922
Col W V Moul 1922-1925
W F Phillips 1925-1930

STATION REOPENED 

1991
It was decided by the Committee of Management on 27 November to establish a summer only D class lifeboat station at Looe in 1992 for one season operational evaluation.

1992
D class lifeboat was placed on service on 15 June.

1994
New station D class lifeboat D461 was placed on service on 12 August.

2002
New station D class lifeboat D574 Regina Mary was placed on service on 5 March.

D461 has been withdrawn.

2003
New B & D class boathouse and slipway completed at a cost of £763,297.