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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Figures announced by the RNLI today (Wednesday 28 January) reveal that 2014 was another busy year for the volunteer crews across the south west*.
Looe RNLI’s D Class lifeboat ‘Ollie Naismith’ launched at 12.25pm on Thursday 1st January to assist a local windsurfer in difficulty.
Christmas is traditionally a special time for families and friends to spend together but for RNLI volunteer crews around the region they remain on call and ready to leave their loved ones at any moment to respond to the sound of the pager.
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Specific 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.
Lifeboat name: Alan & Margaret
Lifeboat class: B class
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Lifeboat name: Ollie Naismith
Lifeboat class: D class
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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.
1838Silver 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.
1868A race was held between lifeboats from Cadgwith, Lizard, Mullion, Penzance, Sennen Cove, Looe, Fowey and Porthleven. The race was won by the Looe lifeboat.
1901On 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.
1902The 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.
1930Station closed in July.
COXSWAINWilliam Alford 1866-1888Albert Fisk 1888-1898Edward Toms 1898-1919William T Toms 1919-1930
HON SECRETARIESR Thomas 1866-1894S Brock, Chief Officer CG 1894-1898T Parson 1898-1900Capt J W Hughes 1900-1905R Harbord 1905-1908J F Chields 1908-1911Capt J R Barber 1911-1922Col W V Moul 1922-1925W F Phillips 1925-1930
1991It 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.
1992D class lifeboat was placed on service on 15 June.
1994New station D class lifeboat D461 was placed on service on 12 August.
2002New station D class lifeboat D574 Regina Mary was placed on service on 5 March.
D461 has been withdrawn.
2003New B & D class boathouse and slipway completed at a cost of £763,297.
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