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Salcombe Lifeboat Station

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Salcombe Lifeboat Station has operated an all-weather lifeboat for nearly 140 years and the crews have received 18 awards for gallantry. A recent addition to the station is an inshore B class Atlantic 75 lifeboat. 

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. 

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Recent launches from this station

Date Time
10/07/2014 18:23
06/07/2014 14:50
06/07/2014 07:29
28/06/2014 19:44
28/06/2014 19:33
26/06/2014 14:49
24/06/2014 22:41
23/06/2014 10:00
23/06/2014 10:00
08/06/2014 11:11

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  • 2014 Torbay Lifeboat Week

    04/08/2014

    Events through the week culminating in a full weekend – see www.torbaylifeboat.org.uk calendar page for full details.

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Station address:

Salcombe Lifeboat Station
Union Street
Salcombe
Devon
TQ8 8BZ

Station telephone:

01548 842158

Station opening times:

10am–4.30pm daily
Don't miss: Salcombe Lifeboat Museum

Accessibility:

Parking, disabled parking, disabled access

Visitor contact:

Simon Evans (Lifeboat Operations Manager) or Chris Winzar (Coxswain)

Visitor contact telephone:

01548 842158

Shop telephone:

01548 844386

Shop opening times:

April-December
Monday-Sunday
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.

  • Salcombe's Tamar class all-weather lifeboat 'The Baltic Exchange III' on her pontoon mooring at Victoria Quay.

    The all-weather lifeboat 'The Baltic Exchange III' on her mooring at Victoria Quay

  • (Left to Right: Angela Davies, Jeanne Stevens, Eric Stevens, Lynn Hillaby, Chris Hillaby, Mike Astill, Sally Fearn, Chris Johnson (model builder) and Liz Murray)

    Volunteers from ‘Friends of Salcombe Lifeboats’ with the scale model radio controlled Tamar

  • The sinking catamaran being towed by the all-weather lifeboat as the inshore lifeboat stands by.

    The sinking catamaran being towed by the all-weather lifeboat as the inshore lifeboat stands by

  • A volunteer crew member aboard the catamaran attaching a tow line from the all-weather lifeboat.

    A volunteer crew member aboard the catamaran attaching a tow line from the all-weather lifeboat

  • A volunteer crew member from the Salcombe RNLI inshore lifeboat is placed onto the sinking catamaran.

    A volunteer crew member from the Salcombe RNLI inshore lifeboat is placed onto the sinking catamaran

  • Salcombe inshore lifeboat ‘Joan Bate’, arriving on scene to the stricken catamaran.

    Salcombe inshore lifeboat ‘Joan Bate’, arriving on scene to the stricken catamaran

  • The sinking catamaran being prepared by the Salcombe all-weather lifeboats ‘Y boat’ to be grounded in Off Cove.

    The sinking catamaran being prepared by the Salcombe all-weather lifeboats ‘Y boat’ to be grounded

  • Adrian Byng with one of his racing pigs.

    Adrian Byng with one of his racing pigs.

  • A busy Fortescue Inn Ships Bar full of people enjoying themselves.

    A busy Fortescue Inn Ships Bar full of people enjoying themselves.

  • The pigs are ready for the off.

    The pigs are ready for the off.

  • Volunteer RNLI lifeboat crews and lifeguards come together to support SOS Day.

    • Volunteer RNLI lifeboat crews and lifeguards come together to support SOS Day.

  • The Old Gaffers present a cheque to Salcombe RNLI lifeboat station volunteer crew member Matt Davies for £341.

    The Old Gaffers present a cheque to Salcombe RNLI lifeboat station volunteer crew member Matt Davies

  • The pigs are ready for the off.

    The pigs are ready for the off.

  • Volunteer RNLI lifeboat crews and lifeguards come together to support SOS Day.

    • Volunteer RNLI lifeboat crews and lifeguards come together to support SOS Day.

  • Swanages's current Mersey class lifeboat and the RNLI's new Shannon class lifeboat of which Swanage is to receive in 2015

    Swanage's Mersey class RNLI lifeboat and new Shannon class

  • Weston super Mare and Portishead RNLI lifeguards at launch of Bristol Channel Appeal

    Weston super Mare and Portishead lifeboats

  • The Lizard Tamar lifeboat Rose launching

    The Lizard all weather lifeboat launching

  • Left to right, Simon Evans – Salcombe lifeboat station Operations Manager, Peter Hodges – ex Salcombe lifeboat station crew member, Anna Turns – Chris’s wife, Chris Turns, Chris Winzar – Station Coxswain.

    Chris Turns with his long service badge for 20 years service.

  • Chris Turns receiving his long service badge to mark 20 years of service from Peter Hodges.

    Chris Turns receiving his long service badge to mark 20 years of service from Peter Hodges.

  • Mick French fundraiser who turns on Christmas lights for RNLI

    Mick French who turns on Xmas lights for RNLI

  • Swimmers at Looe braved the cold waters on New Years Day 2013 to raise funds for RNLI

    Swimmers braving the cold water at Looe on New Years Day

  • Christmas Fayre 2013 at The Tides Reach Hotel.

    Christmas Fayre 2013

  • AIS track showing the Salcombe all-weather lifeboats track.

    AIS track showing the Salcombe all-weather lifeboats track

  • Tow being passed to the Deborah Jane

    Tow being passed to the Deborah Jane

  • The Salcombe all-weather lifeboat 'The Baltic Exchange III' towing the stricken fishing vessel.

    The Salcombe all-weather lifeboat 'The Baltic Exchange III' towing the stricken fishing vessel

  • Rookie the Reindeer calling on runners for Plymouth's Reindeer Run 2013

    Rookie the Reindeer

  • The Baltic Exchange III Tamar class all-weather lifeboat.

    • The Baltic Exchange III Tamar class all-weather lifeboat

  • (c)James Blackwell(MOB:07854234374)

    • The Baltic Exchange III Tamar class all-weather lifeboat

  • Plymouth RNLI assist dismasted yacht August 2013

    Plymouth RNLI assist dismasted yacht

  • Screen grab from footage of RNLI rescuing three exhausted swimmers at Mawgan Porth August 2013

    RNLI lifeguards rescue three exhausted swimmers at Mawgan Porth

  • Monty Halls and Rachel Cole arrive back in Dartmouth at the end of the gruelling Grace Darling Memorial Row.

    Monty Halls and Rachel Cole arrive back in Dartmouth

  • Rachel Cole sorts out refreshment while at sea on the Grace Darling Memorial Row

    Rachel Cole taking refreshment while at sea

  • Monty Halls rowing during the Grace Darling Memorial Row from Dart to the Eddystone and back

    Monty Halls rowing

  • Monty Halls and Rachel Cole at sea during the Grace Darling Memorial Row from Dart to the Eddystone and back

    Monty Halls and Rachel Cole at sea

  • Dart RNLI crew volunteer Rachel Cole who will be rowing to the Eddystone Lighthouse and back with BBC Presenter Monty Halls to raise money for the charity.

    Dart crew volunteer Rachel Cole

  • BBC Presenter Monty Halls who will be rowing to the Eddystone Lighthouse and back for the RNLI with fellow Dart RNLI volunteer Rachel Cole.

    BBC Presenter Monty Halls

  • The surfer and the body boarder rescued by RNLI lifeguards at Sedgewell Cove in the inshore rescue boat. Screen grab from video.

    The two people in the inshore rescue boat

  • 46ft yacht Miss Chips being towed into Salcombe by the all-weather lifeboat.

    Miss Chips being towed into Salcombe by the all-weather lifeboat.

  • Salcombe lifeboats inflatable Y-Boat establishing the tow.

    Salcombe lifeboats inflatable Y-Boat establishing the tow.

  • Salcombe lifeboat Coxswain Chris Winzer and one of the rowers aboard the Salcombe lifeboat The Baltic Exchange III.

    Salcombe lifeboat Coxswain Chris Winzer and one of the rowers aboard the Salcombe lifeboat.

  • Crew of Pure Gym being transferred in the Y-Boat to the Salcombe lifeboat.

    Crew of Pure Gym being transferred in the Y-Boat to the Salcombe lifeboat.

  • Rowing boat Pure Gym and four crew.

    Rowing boat Pure Gym and four crew.

  • Salcombe RNLI lifeboat The Baltic Exchange III arriving on scene and establishing a tow with motor boat Thalassa.

    • Salcombe RNLI lifeboat The Baltic Exchange III arriving on scene and establishing a tow.

  • Rowing boat Pure Gym.

    Rowing boat 'Pure Gym'

  • Crew of ‘Pure Gym’ being transferred in the Y-Boat to the Salcombe lifeboat.

    Crew of ‘Pure Gym’ being transferred in the Y-Boat to the Salcombe lifeboat.

  • Salcombe lifeboats inflatable Y-Boat establishing the tow.

    Salcombe lifeboats inflatable Y-Boat establishing the tow.

  • Salcombe lifeboat Coxswain Chris Winzer and one of the rowers aboard the Salcombe lifeboat ‘The Baltic Exchange III’.

    Salcombe lifeboat Coxswain Chris Winzer and one of the rowers

  • Vice Admiral, Sir Timothy Laurence KCVO, CB, ADC(P) being shown around the newly refurbished shop and museum following the opening.

    Vice Admiral, Sir Timothy Laurence KCVO, CB, ADC(P) being shown around.

  • Vice Admiral, Sir Timothy Laurence KCVO, CB, ADC(P) formally re-opening the museum and shop by cutting a ribbon across the entrance.

    Vice Admiral, Sir Timothy Laurence KCVO, CB, ADC(P) formally re-opening the museum and shop.

  • Salcombe RNLI lifeboat, ‘The Baltic Exchange III’s AIS track showing it’s route out of Salcombe and the search pattern it undertook.

    • Salcombe RNLI lifeboat, ‘The Baltic Exchange III’s AIS track showing the search pattern.

  • Salcombe’s RNLI Christmas

    Salcombe’s RNLI Christmas

  • RNLI lifeboat crews and lifeguards in the south west brace for busiest weekend of the year

    RNLI lifeboat crews and lifeguards in the south west brace for busiest weekend of the year

  • RNLI lifeguards and lifeboat crews in the SW support new fundraising appeal with One Big Rescue

    RNLI lifeguards and lifeboat crews in the SW support new fundraising appeal with One Big Rescue

  • RNLI Salcombe lifeboats land 12 people plunged into sea after boat sinks

    RNLI Salcombe lifeboats land 12 people plunged into sea after boat sinks

  • RNLI Salcombe Lifeboat crew remembers D-Day landings

    RNLI Salcombe Lifeboat crew remembers D-Day landings

  • RNLI fishing fundraiser sets off from Scilly on a reel adventure

    RNLI fishing fundraiser sets off from Scilly on a reel adventure

  • Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

    Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west-2

  • Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

    Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west-1

  • Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

    Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

  • The former Salcombe RNLI lifeboat The Baltic Exchange a 47ft Watson

    The former Salcombe RNLI lifeboat that capsized

  • Former Salcombe RNLI crew volunteer Roger Evans

    Former crew volunteer Roger Evans

  • Former crew volunteer at Salcombe RNLI David Lamble

    Former crew volunteer David Lamble

  • Former crew volunteer Mike Hicks

    Former crew volunteer Mike Hicks

  • Portrait picture of former Motor Mechanic Frank Smith.

    Frank Smith

  • An informal group picture of the four former crew members who attended the reunion, from left to right, Roger Evans, Frank Smith, David Lamble and Mike Hicks.

    Salcombe RNLI capsize reunion

  • Salcombe all-weather lifeboat towing Fiona Mary.

    Salcombe all-weather lifeboat towing Fiona Mary

  • AIS track showing the Salcombe all-weather lifeboat heading out 12 miles.

    AIS track of the Salcombe all-weather lifeboat

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-5

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-4

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-3

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-1

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-2

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

  • Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications

    Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications-5

  • Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications

    Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications-4

  • Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications

    Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications-3

  • Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications

    Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications-2

  • Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications

    Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications

  • Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications

    Cornish RNLI base hosts training course in search and rescue communications-1

  • The South Hams volunteers who keep us safe at sea

    The South Hams volunteers who keep us safe at sea

  • Salcombe RNLI lifeboat assists fishing Vessel

    Salcombe RNLI lifeboat assists fishing Vessel

  • Salcombe RNLI volunteer crew member Rob Park standing on the quay before he starts his 24 hour life raft challenge for SOS Day.

    Rob Park before his 24 hour life raft challenge

  • Salcombe RNLI volunteer crew member Rob Park exiting his life raft after 24 hours in it. Salcombe Fire Brigade and Salcombe Harbour Authority congratulate him.

    Rob Park at the end of his 24 hour challenge

  • Salcombe RNLI Sponsor our Survivor for SOS day

    Rob Park at the end of his 24 hour life raft challenge

  • Salcombe RNLI Sponsor our Survivor for SOS day

    Rob Park before his 24 hour life raft challenge

  • RNLI figures highlight another busy summer for the south west

    RNLI figures highlight another busy summer for the south west

  • Wet weather reflected in south west RNLI figures for 2012

    South West Flood Rescue Team train in Hayle

  • Wet weather reflected in south west RNLI figures for 2012

    South West Flood Rescue Team in training

  • Wet weather reflected in south west RNLI figures for 2012

    South West Flood Rescue Team training

  • Salcombe RNLI launched to a fishing vessel taking on water

    AIS Track of The Baltic Exchange III

  • Salcombe RNLI lifeboat kept busy as Salcombe Regatta comes to town

    Salcombe RNLI lifeboat kept busy as Salcombe Regatta comes to town

  • Salcombe RNLI lifeboat responds to a badly broken ankle on Mill Bay

    Salcombe RNLI lifeboat responds to a badly broken ankle on Mill Bay

  • RNLI lifeguards 50-mile paddle for the charity’s South West Lifeguard Appeal

    RNLI lifeguards 50-mile paddle for the charity’s South West Lifeguard Appeal

  • RNLI Salcombe inshore lifeboat rescue 2 in tandem kayak

    RNLI Salcombe inshore lifeboat rescue 2 in tandem kayak

  • Triple early morning launch for Salcombe RNLI lifeboats

    Triple early morning launch for Salcombe RNLI lifeboats

  • Salcombe RNLI assist broken down dive vessel

    Salcombe RNLI assist broken down dive vessel

  • Salcombe RNLI reunites divers with their vessel.

    Salcombe RNLI reunites divers with their vessel.

  • A busy May bank holiday for Salcombe RNLI

    A busy May bank holiday for Salcombe RNLI

  • RNLI Salcombe’s lasting legacy

    RNLI Salcombe’s lasting legacy

  • Slip sliding away as a chapter of RNLI history in the south west closes

    Slip sliding away as a chapter of RNLI history in the south west closes-5

Image of lifeboat
 

Lifeboat name: Joan Bate

Lifeboat class: B class (Atlantic 75)

Funded by: The generous bequest of Miss Joan Bate

Read more about the B class


Image of lifeboat


Lifeboat name:
The Baltic Exchange III

Lifeboat class: Tamar

Funded by: The Baltic Exchange with other gifts and legacies

Read more about the Tamar

 

Station established by Institution in 1869.  Site for the boathouse at South Sands being presented by the Earl of Devon.  The boathouse cost £309 10s.

 

1857
Silver Medals awarded to coastguardsmen, William Wedge, James Turpin and David Warder for putting off in a small boat and rescuing at great risk of life two out of three people who had been capsized from their boat on Bantham Bar on 27 August 1857.

1870
Lifeboat house constructed at South Sands, Salcombe at a cost of £285 on land supplied by The Earl of Devon.

1878
Lifeboat station established at Hope Cove, provided by The Freemasons of England.

1897
Slipway undermined by severe gale.

1907
Albert Medal awarded to Hope Cove crew members Isaac Jarvis and Jack Argrat who rescued 117 people from Elder Dempster liner Jebba after the two men scaled vertical cliffs at Bolt Tail and rigged a Bosun's chair.  A further 38 people were rescued by the remainder of the lifeboat crew.

1916
On 27 October Salcombe lifeboat William and Emma capsized at Salcombe Harbour entrance drowning 13 of her crew of 15.  The crew of the casualty, Plymouth schooner Western Lass, which had gone ashore to the east of Prawle Point in a furious gale was rescued by the coastguard but it was not possible to communicate with the lifeboat.  One of the survivors from the lifeboat, Edwin Distin became coxswain of the replacement boat Sarah Ann Holden which arrived in April 1917.  A new crew of 13 was readily available in spite of the war.  Committee of Management voted £2,200 to local fund and £75 to meet immediate needs and paid funeral expenses.  The names of those who died were J A Cranham, J A Crook, J H Cove, J A Cudd, F W Cudd, A Dustin, S M Dustin, P H Foale, P H Foale (Jnr), W J Foale, W W Lambie, T Putt, and A E Wood.

1922
Salcombe lifeboat moved from South Sands to permanent mooring in harbour.

1925
Salcombe Lifeboat Station closed.

1929
Salcombe Lifeboat Station re-opened.

1930
Hope Cove Lifeboat Station closed

1940
Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain Edwin W Distin and Bronze Medals to each of the other seven crew members for the rescue of 62 survivors of the Belgian Steamer Tajandoen which was sunk by enemy action on 7 December 1939.  They had been picked up by the Belgian Steamer Louis Sheid which herself went ashore in Bigbury Bay and the lifeboat took them off.  This was a service in which the coxswain showed magnificent seamanship both in crossing the bar and alongside the steamer.

1944
Bronze Medal awarded to Coxswain Edwin W Distin for the rescue in an easterly gale and very high sea of 11 people from the Admiralty Salvage craft LC18 in distress in The Skerries, east of Start Point, on 4 December 1943.  The lifeboat launched at 2215 and found the casualty to be very high out of the water and dragging across the bank, rolling heavily.  Coxswain Distin took the lifeboat right alongside four times before the 10 man crew could be induced to jump aboard. 

1945
The Last War Service - The war in Europe ended one minute after midnight on 8 May, and the last launch of a lifeboat was one minute before the end.  Two under water explosions, either torpedo or mine, had blown up a Norwegian Mine-sweeper, one of four, off Berry Head and the Salcombe lifeboat was launched at midnight.

1969
Centenary Vellum awarded.

1972
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Coxswain H W Distin for rescuing by breeches buoy of the five crew of the Belgian fishing trawler Amelie Suzanne on 1 April in a strong westerly wind and poor visibility.

1979
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Coxswain John Griffiths in recognition of his skill and determination when the lifeboat was manoeuvred close to dangerous rocks, stood by the coaster Heye P ashore on Sea Gull Rock and illuminated the scene during the rescue of the coaster's crew of three by helicopter in the darkness of the night of 16 December.

1983
A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman awarded to Coxswain J G Griffiths, Motor Mechanic F Y Smith, Assistant Mechanic B Cater and crew members S Turns, R Evans, M Hicks and D Lamble in recognition of their fortitude and determination, following the capsize of the lifeboat The Baltic Exchange during a service to an upturned inflatable dinghy on 10 April.

1988
Watson class lifeboat withdrawn and replaced by a Tyne class.

1992
Bronze Medal awarded to Coxswain/Mechanic Frank Yeoman Smith in recognition of his courage, seamanship, leadership and determination when the lifeboat Baltic Exchange II took the 1,200 ton coaster Janet C in tow and held her off the rocks at Start Point for three hours until the arrival of a tug in the early hours of 8 January 1992.  The coaster had suffered total power failure in south westerly gale force winds and heavy sea.  A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman was awarded to Staff Coxswain John Marjoram for the support he gave to Coxswain/Mechanic Smith, who was officially on leave but had made himself available for this service because of prevailing conditions and his knowledge of the Start Point area.

Modification and modernisation work was carried out on the boathouse.  It included a new museum and display area plus updated staff facilities.

1997
A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman was awarded to Coxswain/Mechanic Frank Smith when the relief lifeboat Mariners Friend launched on 4 November in a south easterly Force 7 Near Gale to the cargo vessel Ina which was aground near Bolt Head, with engine failure.  The sea was up to three metres high with rain squalls, visibility was reduced to three cables. .  A line was passed which held the bow seaward whilst the anchor chain was recovered and in deteriorating conditions the Ina was slowly towed away from the rocks on which, if she had not been towed clear, would have become a wreck.

2002
Former Coxswain Frank Smith was awarded the MBE in the New Years Honours List.  It was formally presented at Buckingham Palace.

Following the visit on 25 October 2001 by the Coast Review delegation, led by Admiral Sir Jock Slater, 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 the decision to allocate a Trent class lifeboat to Salcombe be rescinded and that the station be earmarked for the allocation of an afloat FSB2 in due course.  It was also resolved that the obtaining of consents for the provision of a B class boathouse/launching facility be progressed.

2003
The new station Atlantic 75, B class lifeboat, B-794 Joan Bate was placed on service on 7 November.  This lifeboat was funded by the generous bequest of Miss Joan Bate.

2004
New slipway and extensive improvements to the ILB boathouse and ALB berth at a cost of £884,336.

2008
The new station Tamar class lifeboat ON1289 The Baltic Exchange III was placed on service on 10 March.  The lifeboat was funded by the Baltic Exchange and a generous donation received in memory of Marjorie D Heath from Marjorie’s Settlement Trust together with other gifts and legacies.  Lifeboat ON1130 has been withdrawn.

2010
Crew members Iain Dundas, Cameron Sims-Sterling and Adam Lilley were awarded Certificates of recognition for their initiative and exceptional First Aid skills, when they tended a seriously injured man on board a fishing vessel on 16 May 2010.

Coxswain Marco Brimacombe stands down, with Chris Winzar appointed as the new Coxswain of Salcombe Lifeboat station.

MEDAL RECORD
Thirteen medals have been awarded, four Silver and nine Bronze, the last being voted in 1992.