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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
27/06/2015 14:06
04/06/2015 16:50
04/06/2015 16:46
30/05/2015 15:04
23/05/2015 11:04
08/04/2015 17:37
31/03/2015 14:25
01/01/2015 12:27
29/11/2014 16:21
15/11/2014 16:24

Latest news from this station

  • Looe RNLI hosts annual raft race fundraiser


    Looe’s popular fundraising raft race took place on Sunday 28 June, with the town bursting with onlookers and supporters. The event was organised by Looe Boat Owners Assiocation (LBOA) and all the proceeds go to Looe Lifeboats.

  • Looe RNLI rescue crew of capsized boat

    Looe RNLI rescue crew of capsized boat


    On Saturday 27 June, both Looe Lifeboats, the Atlantic Class, Alan & Margaret, and the D Class, Ollie Naismith, launched at 2pm to reports of a capsized 10 foot pram dinghy off Plaidy beach, East Looe, with 2 persons in the water.

  • Family make donation to Looe RNLI

    Family make donation to Looe RNLI


    At a recent Looe RNLI crew training evening Mrs Silla Le Dain presented a cheque of £1,500 to Looe RNLI on behalf of her husband Peter who passed away at the age of 63 on 1 February this year.

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Station address:

Looe Lifeboat Station
West End
East Looe
PL13 1AT

Station telephone:

01503 265072

Station opening times:

10am–5pm daily


Disabled access

Visitor contact:

David Haines

Visitor contact telephone:

07770 267155

Shop telephone:

01503 265155

Shop opening times:

15-February-2 March



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

Image of lifeboat

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Station closed in July.

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

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


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.

D class lifeboat was placed on service on 15 June.

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

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

D461 has been withdrawn.

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