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Port Talbot Lifeboat Station

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For nearly 40 years an inshore lifeboat at Port Talbot has covered an area of Swansea Bay. Port Talbot is one of the more recent lifeboat stations in Wales.

​This station is classed as an Observe station. Observe stations also welcome visitors but many are in inaccessible places and best suited to maritime rescue rather than visits. However, they are situated in stunning locations so why not enjoy the local area, using the station as a starting point?

 

Recent launches from this station

Date Time
16/12/2014 14:45
18/10/2014 14:34
04/10/2014 18:08
28/09/2014 13:09
16/09/2014 10:50
13/09/2014 16:10
09/09/2014 19:44
06/09/2014 18:32
04/09/2014 19:46
14/07/2014 19:32

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  • RNLI Skydive

    Skydive for the RNLI - Swansea

    01/01/2014

    We are looking for daredevils from across the UK to carry out a tandem skydive in support of the charity that saves lives at sea. You can choose from 19 locations across the country jumping on any date of the year.

Forecasts for Port Talbot Lifeboat Station

Station address:

Port Talbot Lifeboat Station
Princess Margaret Way
Port Talbot
Neath & Port Talbot 
SA12 6QW

Station telephone:

01639 884290

Station opening times:

9am–1pm Sunday
Don't miss: crew training on 9am–1pm Sunday

Accessibility:

Parking

Visitor contact:

Mel Cooper

Visitor contact telephone:

01639 897809
01639 894335

Shop telephone:

01639 896687

Shop opening times:

Easter–September
Monday–Sunday
10.30am–4.30pm

OctoberEaster
SaturdaySunday
10.30am–4.30pm

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.

  • Port Talbot's LPO Mel Cooper

    Port Talbot LPO

  • The Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat being launched.

    Launching into a calm sea

  • Port Talbot's LPO Mel Cooper

    Lifeboat Press Officer

  • The vessel being recovered at dusk with the lifeboat in the background

    Casualty Vessel Being Recovered

  • Mel Cooper, Port Talbot's LPO

    Lifeboat Press officer

  • The Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat launches through heavy surf off the beach

    Launching Through Heavy Surf

  • The lifeboat with some of the crew and shorecrew having a break.

    Rescued Dory On The Beach

  • Port Talbot LPO Mel Cooper

    Port Talbot's LPO

  • The lifeboat alongside the dory after towing it back to the beach.

    The Lifeboat and Dory On The Beach

  • Port Talbot's LPO

    Lifeboat press Officer

  • The Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat tows the yacht out into deeper water.

    Under Tow

  • The yachts crew in the water attempting to turn it head to sea.

    Yacht Aground

  • Port Talbot's LPO

    Lifeboat Press Officer

  • From the left, The trumpeter, the Royal British standard, the RNLI standard and the Merchant Navy standard

    The Colour Party

  • Local dignitaries prior to the wreath laying service

    The Local Dignitaries

  • Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat is called to upturned boat

    Port Talbot RNLI lifebot is called to upturned boat

  • Port Talbot's Press Officer

    Lifeboat Press officer

  • The lifeboat is seen coming into the beach for recovery

    The Lifeboat Returns TO Shore

  • The RNLI launches 'Respect the Water' in Wales

    The RNLI launches 'Respect the Water' in Wales

  • Mel Cooper, Port Talbot LPO

    Port Talbot LPO

  • Port Talbot lifeboat launches out to sea.

    Lifeboat Launches

  • Thomas with his RNLI rescuers at Port Talbot

    Thomas with his RNLI rescuers at Port Talbot

  • Port Talbot's LPO Mel Cooper

    Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Port Talbot's lifeboat heads out on service

    Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat Heads Out

  • Port Talbot's press officer, Mel Cooper

    Lifeboat Press Officer

  • he Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat launching in good conditions

    Launching into a calm sea

  • Port Talbot's LPO Mel Cooper

    Lifeboat Press Officer

  • The Port Talbot lifeboat just setting off.

    Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat

  • Port Talbot's LPO Mel Cooper

    Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat just launching at Aberavon Beach

    Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat

  • Port Talbot's LPO Mel Cooper

    Port Talbot LPO

  • The lifeboat returning to shore for recovery.

    Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat

  • Port Talbot's Press Officer, Mel Cooper

    Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat sets off through heavy surf

    Launching Through Heavy Surf

  • Port Talbot's Lifeboat Press Officer

    Lifeboat Press Officer

  • The Port Talbot lifeboat being launched on a nice sunny day

    Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat Being Launched

  • Port Talbot's Lifeboat Press Officer

    Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat being returned to the boathouse after recovery

    Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat Returns TO Station

  • Port Talbot lifeboat press officer

    Port Talbot LPO

  • Port Talbot lifeboat being held in the surf line, on standby.

    Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat

  • Rescue 169 helicopter after it had landed on Aberavon Beach

    Rescue 169 On Aberavon Beach

  • Port Talbot LPO Mel Cooper

    Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat aids broken down vessel off Port Talbot

    Lifeboat Aids Broken Down Vessel

  • Port Talbot LPO Mel Cooper

    Lifeboat Press officer

  • Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat just getting ready to set off on a training exercise.

    The Lifeboat Just About To Set Off

  • L-R:  Mel Cooper, Corrina Perring, the Lord Lieutenant of West Glamorgan Byron Lewis, Sharon Thomas, Matt Rossi.

    Port Talbot RNLI volunteers receive awards for commitment to lifesaving

  • Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat launching into a calm sea.

    Launching In Better Weather

  • Having a relaxing five minutes

    Port Talbot Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Members of the ladies group present the cheque to new crew members Kyle James and James Egan.

    Presentation to Port Talbot crew members

  • The volunteer crew in action at Port Talbot

    The volunteer crew in action at Port Talbot

  • Port Talbot RNLI attend the vessel pinned to the bridge

    Port Talbot RNLI attend the vessel pinned to the bridge

  • Conditions at Port Talbot yesterday

    Conditions at Port Talbot yesterday

  • Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat (not taken during this incident)

    Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat (not taken during this incident)

  • The LPO chilling out.

    Port Talbot Lifeboat Press Officer

  • The Port Talbot lifeboat launched through heavy surf.

    Launching Through Heavy Surf

  • LPO at Port Talbot lifeboat station, Mel Cooper

    Port Talbot Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat launching off Aberavon Beach

    Launching The Lifeboat

  • Mel Cooper, LPO at Port Talbot RNLI station.

    Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Port Talbot lifeboat crew at the rememberance service

    Port Talbot Lifeboat Crew

  • Guests who were at the service and had just laid their wreaths.

    Guests At The Service

  • Standards of the RNLI, Merchant Navy and British Legion were on parade.

    Remeberance Service Colour Party

  • Port Talbot Lifeboat Press Officer

    Port Talbot LPO

  • The Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat returns to shore after a "Shout"

    Port talbot RNLI lifeboat returns to shore.

  • Port Talbot Lifeboat Press Officer

    Mel Cooper

  • The lifeboat launches through heavy surf.

    Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat Heads To Sea

  • Port Talbot LPO

    Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat launches on service on Wednesday 31st July 2012.

    Launching on Service

  • Criccieth RNLI has had an busy weekend

    Criccieth RNLI has had an exceptionally busy weekend

  • LPO at Port Talbot

    Port talbot Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat launches through heavy surf.

    Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat launches through heavy surf.

  • Port Talbot's LPO, Mel Cooper

    Port Talbot Lifeboat Press Officer

  • The Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat returns to station after the latest "Shout"

    Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat Returns

  • The volunteer crew of the Mumbles lifeboat the Babs and Agnes Robertson were called to the aid of a yacht on fire off Kenfig Beach at 5.30pm tonight (Friday 28 June).

    Swansea bay dramatic rescue by the Mumbles RNLI

  • Mel Cooper, LPO at Port Talbot lifeboat station

    Mel Cooper, LPO

  • Port Talbot lifeboat sets off to rendezvous with Mumbles ALB.

    Setting Off On A "Shout"

  • Mel cooper the Lifeboat Press Officer at Port Talbot

    Port Talbot LPO

  • Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat launches on service.

    Launching on Service

  • Crew members and shore crew launching the lifeboat.

    The Lifeboat being Launched

  • Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat launching through heavy surf.

    Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat Launch

  • Port Talbot RNLI lifeboatman heads to Afghanistan on service with RAF

    Port Talbot RNLI lifeboatman heads to Afghanistan on service with RAF

  • Horse rescue mounted by Port Talbot RNLI volunteers

    Horse rescue mounted by Port Talbot RNLI volunteers

  • Port Talbot RNLI crew pluck three fishermen from the water

    Port Talbot RNLI crew pluck three fishermen from the water

  • Port Talbot RNLI volunteer thanked for two decades of dedicated service

    Port Talbot RNLI volunteer thanked for two decades of dedicated service

  • 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

  • Blue Peter presenter joins RNLI Flood Rescue Team for special training exercise

    Blue Peter presenter joins RNLI Flood Rescue Team for special training exercise

  • After a busy winter the RNLI Flood Rescue Team volunteers recently met in Anglesey to practice their lifesaving skills.

    Blue Peter presenter joins RNLI Flood Rescue Team for special training exercise

  • South Wales runners brave icy weather to raise vital funds for the RNLI

    South Wales runners brave icy weather to raise vital funds for the RNLI

  • Lifeboat Lottery winner congratulated by local station

    Lifeboat Lottery winner congratulated by local station

  • Port Talbot RNLI pays tribute on Merchant Navy Day

    Port Talbot RNLI pays tribute on Merchant Navy Day

  • Port Talbot crew members busy training to raise vital funds for the RNLI

    Port Talbot crew members busy training to raise vital funds for the RNLI

  • All in a day’s work for Aberavon RNLI lifeguards

    All in a day’s work for Aberavon RNLI lifeguards

  • Busy weekend for RNLI lifeguards in Wales

    Busy weekend for RNLI lifeguards in Wales

  • Port Talbot RNLI volunteers complete extensive first aid course ready to save lives at sea

    Port Talbot RNLI volunteers complete extensive first aid course ready to save lives at sea

  • Dramatic RNLI rescue at Aberavon beach coincides with royal visit

    Dramatic RNLI rescue at Aberavon beach coincides with royal visit

  • Port Talbot Volunteer is invited to the Palace after years of service to the RNLI

    Port Talbot Volunteer is invited to the Palace after years of service to the RNLI

  • Port Talbot RNLI crew rescue body boarder during busy evening

    Port Talbot RNLI crew rescue body boarder during busy evening

  • Eight year old thanks Port Talbot RNLI crew for ‘saving my daddy’

    Eight year old thanks Port Talbot RNLI crew for ‘saving my daddy’

  • Port Talbot RNLI joins Rookie at Margam Park this December

    Port Talbot RNLI joins Rookie at Margam Park this December

  • Lifeboat aids jet skier

    Lifeboat aids jet skier

  • Local boat club presentation

    Local boat club presentation

Image of lifeboat
 

Lifeboat name: Nigel Martin Spender

Lifeboat class: D class

Read more about the D class

1966
D class lifeboat placed on service on 22 May.  Council paid £750 towards the cost of the inshore lifeboat house and the balance was paid by Mr D A Scott and associates.

1968
Mayor presented a plaque to the station bearing the coat of arms of the borough.  The plaque is exhibited in the boathouse.

1995
Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to crew member Robert Vernon Harris in recognition of his courage, initiative and seamanship when in rough seas he transferred from the lifeboat to the 24ft converted ship’s lifeboat Panama to secure a tow and to reassure the three crew whilst the craft was towed to a mooring in the River Afan on 4 March.  The Panama had suffered engine failure.

Framed Letters of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution awarded to crew members Leigh Worth and Stanley May in recognition of their fine efforts during this service.

1999
Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution, Mr David Acland, presented to Helmsman Matthew Rossi and crew member Leon Murphy for a service on the night of 5 November.  A letter signed by the Director, was presented to crew member David Jones.  A man had fallen overboard from the ore carrier Mineral Century.  Despite a nine to fifteen feet swell and rough seas the man was recovered and airlifted to hospital.  The man had initially been found by the pilot vessel Seamark and the master received a letter signed by the Chief of Operations.

2002
Following the visit on 4 September 2001 by the Coast Review delegation, led by Commodore R C Hastie, it was agreed by the Search and Rescue Committee on 6 February 2002 and resolved by the Executive Committee at their meeting on 10 April 2002 that there be no change to the lifeboat cover provided at Port Talbot Lifeboat Station.

2006
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Helmsman David Jones and crewmember Christopher Thomas, and crewmember Rachel Thomas received a Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution, Admiral Sir Jack Slater, in recognition of their actions when the D class inshore lifeboat saved the life of a man who was overboard from a small motor boat in south westerly Force 6/7 winds and three metre swells.  Christopher Thomas had to enter the sea to recover the man, who had submerged.  First aid was rendered once the man was recovered.  (The second man on the small motor boat was recovered by an RAF helicopter.)

2009
The new station D class lifeboat D713 Nigel Martin Spender was placed on service on 17 March.  Lifeboat D550 has been withdrawn.

2012
Following the visit on Tuesday 24 January 2012 by the Coast Review delegation, led by Rear Admiral John Tolhurst, it was agreed by the Operations Committee on 21 March 2012 and resolved by the Trustee Board at their meeting on 4 April 2012 that there be no change to the lifeboat cover provided by Port Talbot Lifeboat Station.