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Penarth Lifeboat Station

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Covering part of the Bristol Channel, Penarth Lifeboat Station operates two inshore lifeboats – a B class Atlantic 85 and a D class. The Maureen Lilian and the Connie Dains have been named as a result of local fundraising efforts and appeals. 

This station is classed as a Discover station. ​Our crews from Discover stations are equally welcoming to visitors but many of these stations were built before visitors were considered. These stations normally open their boathouse doors during the summer months. 

 

Recent launches from this station

Date Time
24/08/2014 16:21
23/08/2014 16:58
15/08/2014 10:19
02/08/2014 13:44
29/07/2014 15:48
24/07/2014 17:55
24/07/2014 15:38
24/07/2014 15:35
24/07/2014 15:13
13/07/2014 12:19

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Station address:

Penarth Lifeboat Station
The Esplanade
Penarth
Vale of Glamorgan
United Kingdom
CF64 3AU

Station telephone:

02920 709099

Station opening times:

By appointment only

Visitor contact:

David Horgan

Visitor contact telephone:

07779 660334

Shop telephone:

02920 711659

Shop opening times:

All our shops are run by volunteers who take great pride in keeping them open whenever possible, if you are planning a special trip to visit this shop it may be best to call ahead to check the opening times.

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.

  • Penarth RNLI members with Penarth Male Voice Choir

    Penarth RNLI members with Penarth Male Voice Choir

  • The RNLI launches 'Respect the Water' in Wales

    The RNLI launches 'Respect the Water' in Wales

  • The sign which will be located at Sully Island

    The sign which will be located at Sully Island

  • Jason Dunlop receives his award from the RNLI's Chairman

    Jason Dunlop receives his award from the RNLI's Chairman

  • Kind gesture for Penarth RNLI

    Kind gesture for Penarth RNLI

  • Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

    Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

  • Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

    Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

  • Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

    Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

  • Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

    Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

  • Flood rescue team

    Flood rescue team

  • Penarth Atlantic 85 class lifeboat

    Penarth Atlantic 85 class lifeboat

  • Carol Smithard from Dunfermline in Scotland, who is fundrasising for the RNLI by walking the length of Britain from Lands End to John O’Groats, calling in to as many RNLI lifeboat stations as she can on the way.

    Penarth RNLI welcomes fundraising support

  • Retired BT engineer Colin Parfitt who has recently presented a cheque for £5000 to members of Penarth’s RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew.

    Penarth RNLI welcomes fundraising support

  • Penarth RNLI opens new training room

    Penarth RNLI opens new training room

  • Penarth RNLI opens new training room

    Penarth RNLI opens new training room

  • Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat

    Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat

  • Abersoch RNLI cliff rescue

    Abersoch RNLI cliff rescue

  • RNLI Penarth prepare for brew for the crew event

    RNLI Penarth prepare for brew for the crew event

  • Penarth RNLI rescues two fishing boats

    Penarth RNLI rescues two fishing boats

  • RNLI Flood Rescue Team at the multi-agency exercise ‘Watermark’ in Bala in 2011.

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team prepare for major flooding exercise in north Wales

  • Penarth lifeboat crew has this week issued safety warnings, following two incidents they’ve attended.

    Penarth RNLI issues safety warnings

  • Annual Sail Day raises over £16,000 for RNLI Flood Rescue Team

    Annual Sail Day raises over £16,000 for RNLI Flood Rescue Team

  • Lifeboats from Penarth, Burnham upon sea, Weston Super Mare and Portishead.

    Exercise with eight lifeboats at Flat Holm

  • Copyright 2013 Robin Goodlad

    The team return to the scene of the rescue

  • Copyright 2013 Robin Goodlad

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team Volunteer Martin Blaker-Rowe

  • Copyright 2013 Robin Goodlad

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team volunteer Chris Missen

  • Copyright 2013 Robin Goodlad

    Boat Team Leader Paul Eastment

  • Copyright 2013 Robin Goodlad

    The boat team and Vanessa at the site of the rescue

  • Copyright 2013 Robin Goodlad

    The RNLI Flood Rescue Team with Vanessa Glover

  • Copyright 2013 Robin Goodlad

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team Volunteer Chris Missen

  • First RNLI Gallantry Medals awarded to Flood Rescue Team

    Vanessa Glover with (left) Chris Missen and Paul Eastment

  • Cardiff Rugby’s finest make a splash at RNLI white water fundraiser

    Cardiff Rugby’s finest make a splash at RNLI white water fundraiser

  • Penarth lifeboat crew pulls two from sea

    Penarth lifeboat crew pulls two from sea

  • Kath joins forces with RNLI lifeboat crew

    Kath joins forces with RNLI lifeboat crew

  • Penarth RNLI Lifeboat supports National Armed Forces Day, Cardiff

    Penarth RNLI Lifeboat supports National Armed Forces Day, Cardiff

  • Penarth’s new Atlantic 85 Lifeboat shines for guests at naming ceremony

    Penarth’s new Atlantic 85 Lifeboat shines for guests at naming ceremony

  • The sky’s the limit for Lifeboatman Geraint

    The sky’s the limit for Lifeboatman Geraint

  • Gwent Cyclists use pedal power to raise funds for RNLI

    Gwent Cyclists use pedal power to raise funds for RNLI

  • Hereford RNLI supporter puts on his walking boots for 60 mile fundraiser

    Hereford RNLI supporter puts on his walking boots for 60 mile fundraiser

  • Penarth RNLI welcomes new volunteer crew

    Penarth RNLI welcomes new volunteer crew

  • RNLI volunteers bring 43 members of the public to safety in St Asaph flooding

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team during St Asaph flooding

  • Penarth lifeboat volunteers rescue grandparents and two young girls from stranded boat

    Penarth lifeboat volunteers rescue grandparents and two young girls from stranded boat

  • Wind and rain results in fewer launches for Welsh RNLI lifeboat crews

    Trearddur Bay RNLI Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Hereford Endeavour

  • Penarth RNLI advise coastal walkers to check the tides

    Penarth's RNLI lifeboats in action

  • Penarth RNLI celebrates achievements of past year

  • Penarth RNLI celebrates achievements of past year

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Lifeboat name: 
Connie Dains

Lifeboat class: D class

Read more about the D class


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Lifeboat name:
Maureen Lilian

Lifeboat class: B class (Atlantic 85)

Funded by: The Maureen Lilian Charitable Trust

Read more about the B class

A lifeboat was established at Penarth in 1861 on the northern shore of the Bristol Channel where vessels frequently stranded on the shoals.  With the establishment of the lifeboat stations at Barry Dock and Weston-Super-Mare, it was decided to close the Penarth station in 1905.  In 1980 it was decided to re-open the station and a D Class inflatable lifeboat became operational on 17 June 1980 some 75 years after the original station closed.

1861
Lifeboat house built facing sea at foot of cliff below the coastguard station, cost £118.

1884
Lord Windsor decided to built an Esplanade immediately in front of the lifeboat house, this meant relocation.  Lord Windsor paid £200 compensation.  New boathouse built on Penarth beach for £250.

1888
Water service provided.

1891
On 11 November a Penarth lifeboat man, John Frederick Jackson, and another man, known only as Redmond, were killed when they put off in a pilot cutter to rescue a man who had gone overboard from his own boat in fierce winds and high seas in the Barry Roads.  He too also died.  The RNLI made a contribution of £25 to the local funds for the widows and orphans

1905
Station closed.

1907
The old lifeboat house sold for £10.

1980
Station re-opened on 17 June with a D class inflatable lifeboat.

1995
New boathouse and adjacent slipway constructed.  The new boathouse provides housing for a B class lifeboat and launching vehicle, a workshop, souvenir sales outlet, oil and petrol stores, and improved crew facilities.

1996
An Atlantic 21 lifeboat placed on temporary station duty on 19 January.

The Atlantic 21 class lifeboat withdrawn on 15 May and replaced by the Atlantic 75 class lifeboat B-725 Spirit of Penarth.

2002
A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution Mr Peter Nicholson, presented to Helmsman Simeon Rabaiotti, for the saving of a man’s life on the evening of 25 May 2002.  The man, who had been fishing, had been cut off by the tide.  The ILB was veered down through rough seas and in a heavy three metre swell amidst rocks.  The lifeboats anchor warp had to be cut to leave the scene.

2008
The new station IFI D class lifeboat D-692 Connie Dains was placed on service on 19 March.  Lifeboat D534 has been withdrawn.

2010
The new station Atlantic 85 class lifeboat B-839 Maureen Lilian was placed on service in February. B-725 lifeboat has been withdrawn to the relief fleet. This lifeboat was funded by a generous donation from the Maureen Lilian Charitable Trust.

2012
Helmsman Jason Dunlop and Crew member Aran Pitter were both accorded the Thanks of the Institute inscribed on Vellum in recognition of their leadership, seamanship skills and actions when the inshore lifeboat placed crew member Pitter on board a yacht in danger close to Lavernock Point on 2 May 2011.  It took three attempts to close the yacht in east north easterly near gale force winds and short, one and a half metre seas.  The yacht was massively overpowered and in danger of broaching.  Once the yacht was under Pitters command, a second man was transferred from the Barry Dock all weather lifeboat and put aboard by the Penarth lifeboat.  Pitter then sailed the yacht to Barry Dock, escorted by both lifeboats thereby enabling the yacht, and the life of her skipper, to be saved.