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Mablethorpe Lifeboat Station

Mabelthorpe Lifeboat Station

Covering part of the Lincolnshire coastline, Mablethorpe Lifeboat Station operates two inshore lifeboats - an Atlantic 75 and a D class. The crews have been presented with nine awards for gallantry.

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
21/09/2014 10:58
03/08/2014 12:27
31/07/2014 11:48
31/07/2014 08:49
31/07/2014 08:47
27/07/2014 16:44
26/07/2014 15:17
24/07/2014 14:26
07/07/2014 08:48
07/07/2014 08:43

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Station address

Mablethorpe Lifeboat Station
The Promenade
Off Gibraltar Road
Mablethorpe
Lincolnshire
LN12 2AT

Station telephone

01507 477848

Station opening times

10am–4.30pm daily

Accessibility

Parking, disabled access

Visitor contact

Mr Dale Chapman

Visitor contact telephone

01507 479466
07834 924834

Shop telephone

01507 479554

Shop opening times

Monday–Sunday
10am–4pm
 

RNLI crew

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Russ Matthews, Lifeboat Press Officer (LPO) and crew member at Skegness Lifeboat Station

    Russ Matthews, LPO at Skegness

  • Skegness lifeboat crew members thank their friends from Wells for taking over the tow of motor yacht Lucky into Wells harbour.

    Skegness lifeboat crew talk to Wells lifeboat crew during the shout.

  • Motor yacht Lucky under tow by Skegness lifeboat with Wells all-weather lifeboat Doris M Mann of Ampthill approaching (right).

    2. Motor yacht Lucky under tow by Skegness lifeboat

  • Skegness all-weather lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher and the motor yacht Lucky with lifeboat crew members Dean Sumner and Tony Kelly rigging a tow rope.

    Lincolnshire Poacher and the motor yacht Lucky

  • Yacht with broken mast

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  • Mablethorpe RNLI crews assist after two bombs recovered from sea bed

    Mablethorpe RNLI crews assist after two bombs recovered from sea bed

  • Mablethorpe RNLI rescue crew of burning fishing boat

    Mablethorpe Atlantic 75

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  • Bridlingtons Inshore Lifeboat aids four teenagers

    Bridlingtons Inshore Lifeboat aids four teenagers

  • Mablethorpe RNLI shop wins regional award

    Mablethorpe RNLI shop wins regional award

  • Lincolnshire lifeboats search for missing child

    Lincolnshire lifeboats search for missing child

  • Skegness, Mablethorpe and Humber RNLI lifeboats assist yacht off Lincolnshire coast

    Skegness, Mablethorpe and Humber RNLI lifeboats assist yacht off Lincolnshire coast

  • North of England RNLI volunteers wade in to flood training

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team boat handling exercise

  • North of England RNLI volunteers wade in to flood training

    RNLI volunteers practice flood rescue techniques

  • North of England RNLI volunteers wade in to flood training

    Boat handling exercise

  • North of England RNLI volunteers wade in to flood training

    Night swimming exercise

  • Western Power Distribution help to saves lives at sea on the east coast

    Mablethorpe D class lifeboat

  • Mablethorpe Shop

    Mablethorpe Shop

 

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Lifeboat name:
 Joan Mary

Lifeboat class: B class

Funded by: Evelyn Selina Wallace

Read more about the B class


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Lifeboat name:
William Hadley

Lifeboat class: D class

Funded by: William Hadley

Read more about the D class

 

 

1883
The station was opened at Mablethorpe to replace Theddlethorpe, three miles to the north. 

Lifeboat house constructed at a cost of £225 and a slipway for £50.

1889
Lifeboat was taken by road to Theddlethorpe on 27 November to go to the assistance of the Barque Elizabeth Argo but it was found that the lifeboat was not required.

The horses had much difficulty in getting carriage through the snow taking four hours to travel four miles.  In returning coxswain had boat's sails set to relieve strain on horses and got back to station in two and a half hours.

1895
Compensation of £17 paid for loss of a horse on service 13 January.

1900
A new lifeboat house constructed on another site on the west side of the main road to Sutton at a cost of £700.  Old lifeboat house sold for £50.

1907
A helper, Thomas Short, was run over by the carriage and a leg had to be amputated.  Committee of Management voted £220 to his dependants.

1910
Acetylene beach lights supplied.

1917
Station temporarily closed as it was difficult to obtain a full crew in wartime.

1920
Owing to continuing shortage of crew, the station was closed permanently.

1965
Inshore lifeboat station established in May with the placing on service of a D class lifeboat.

1975
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Helmsman Bernard Tuplin and crew members John Mayfield and Michael Westfield in recognition of their courage, determination and skill displayed by them when the lifeboat rescued two swimmers who were in difficulties off an outfall pipe protected by a groyne structure, a quarter of a mile north of the lifeboat station in a light south easterly and a heavy surf on 6 August.

1980
A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution, The Duke of Atholl, awarded to the crew and helpers in recognition of their determination and skill when the crew of three of a coble were rescued.  The coble which had engine trouble was towed to Mablethorpe.  The lifeboat had to be launched under difficult conditions due to the heavy surf and the recovery of the lifeboat and coble was also hazardous.

1982
Framed Letters of Thanks, signed by the Chairman of the Institution, The Duke of Atholl, presented to Helmsman William Tuplin and crew members John Mayfield and Wayne Docking in recognition of their meritorious action when the lifeboat rescued the crew of three, two of whom were injured, from the barge Almeco on 12 October.

1996
A new D class lifeboat D506 placed on service on 9 July.

1998
Bronze Medal awarded to Helmsman Thomas Freeman for a service on the 12 April, when the D class inshore lifeboat rescued the crew of two and saved the fishing vessel Lark.  Mablethorpe’s lifeboat was launched in extreme conditions for this class of lifeboat to go to the assistance of the 17ft fishing vessel which had broken down in the surf off the coast.  There was a Force 6/7 Near Gale, wintry showers and a heavy swell.  The helmsman had considerable difficulty in negotiating the rough seas in order to reach the fishing boat, which was drifting helplessly towards the shore, having lost her anchor.  He decided that it was too hazardous to take off the crew and therefore passed a line and towed her away from danger – a considerable feat in the huge seas for a lifeboat smaller than the fishing boat and powered by one 40hp outboard engine. 

The Maud Smith Award was awarded to Thomas Freeman for this service.

2005
The new class of lifeboat IB1, D653 William Hadley was placed on service on 23 November.  D506 has been withdrawn to the Relief Fleet.