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Selsey Lifeboat Station

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Today's lifeboat station at Selsey operates an all-weather Tyne class lifeboat and a D class inshore lifeboat. Over its 145-year history the crew have been presented with 10 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
16/12/2014 06:54
08/11/2014 16:34
01/11/2014 20:58
12/09/2014 18:30
11/09/2014 15:03
31/08/2014 13:46
16/08/2014 21:51
30/07/2014 15:26
30/07/2014 15:26
28/07/2014 19:22

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Station address:

Selsey Lifeboat Station
The Boathouse
Kingsway
Selsey
West Sussex
PO20 0DL

Station telephone:

01243 602833

Station opening times:

10am–5pm daily – boathouse open all year, and Selsey Lifeboat Museum open April–October

Accessibility:

Parking

Visitor contact:

Mike Cole

Visitor contact telephone:

01243 265267

Shop opening times:

 

March–18th December

Monday
10.30am-12pm

Tuesday-Sunday
10.30am-4pm

 

 

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.

  • Littlehampton lifeboat Blue Peter 1

    Littlehampton lifeboat Blue Peter 1

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    George Woodland and Nicki Constant in the Selsey Lifeboat Station

  • Nicki Constant and her family with George, who was part of the crew who saved her.

    Nicki Constant with her family, and George Woodland who was one of the crew members who saved her

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    Rapscallion 1

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    Selsey assist Amber 3

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    Selsey assist Amber 2

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    Selsey assist Amber 1

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    Selsey rescue Final Answer 3

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    Selsey rescue Final Answer 2

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    Selsey rescue Final Answer 1

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    2013 stats inforgraphic

  • Left to Right Simon Tugwell with his 30-year long service award and Keith Stevens with his 20-year long service award.

    Shoreham lifeboat crew with their long service awards

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    Selsey bomb cordon 3

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    Selsey bomb cordon 2

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    Selsey bomb cordon 1

  • Library photo of inshore lifeboat

    Selsey ILB 'Betty and Thomas Moore'

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    Selsey assist 'Nicholas C' 3

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    Selsey RNLI assist 'Nicholas C' 2

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    Selsey RNLI assist 'Nicholas C'

  • 10m yacht assisted by Selsey all-weather lifeboat

    10m yacht assisted by Selsey all-weather lifeboat

  • 10m yacht assisted by Selsey all-weather lifeboat

    10m yacht assisted by Selsey all-weather lifeboat

  • Sesley RNLI establishes a tow to a stricken 60 foot French ocean racing yacht

    Sesley RNLI establishes a tow to a stricken 60 foot French ocean racing yacht

  • Selsey lifeboat establish a tow to a stricken 60ft French ocean racing yacht

    Selsey lifeboat establish a tow to a stricken 60ft French ocean racing yacht

  • Selsey lifeboat establish a tow to a stricken 60ft French ocean racing yacht

    Selsey lifeboat establish a tow to a stricken 60ft French ocean racing yacht

  • Selsey lifeboat tows broken angling boat back to Littlehampton Harbour

    Selsey lifeboat tows broken angling boat back to Littlehampton Harbour

  • Selsey lifeboat tows broken angling boat back to Littlehampton Harbour

    Selsey lifeboat tows broken angling boat back to Littlehampton Harbour

  • Selsey RNLI respond to capsized dinghy

    Selsey RNLI respond to capsized dinghy

  • Selsey RNLI volunteers respond to reports of two young boys swept out to sea

    Selsey RNLI volunteers respond to reports of two young boys swept out to sea

  • RNLI Selsey attends mayday from 30ft yacht 'Jubamanzi'

    RNLI Selsey attends mayday from 30ft yacht 'Jubamanzi'

  • RNLI Selsey all-weather lifeboat assists 23ft powerboat

    RNLI Selsey all-weather lifeboat assists 23ft powerboat

  • Selsey and Littlehampton RNLI lifeboats assist yacht aground on rocks

    Selsey and Littlehampton RNLI lifeboats assist yacht aground on rocks

  • Selsey lifeboat launched to attend 40ft converted harbour launch "Trizl"

    Selsey lifeboat launched to attend 40ft converted harbour launch "Trizl"

  • A busy three days for Selsey RNLI lifeboat station

    A busy three days for Selsey RNLI lifeboat station

  • Four lifeboat launches in three days by Selsey RNLI

    Four lifeboat launches in three days by Selsey RNLI

  • Selsey RNLI launches to 12 metre yacht

    Selsey RNLI launches to 12 metre yacht

  • Selsey RNLI lifeboat assists 12-metre yacht 'Louisa' aground on Mixon Rocks

    Selsey RNLI lifeboat assists 12-metre yacht 'Louisa' aground on Mixon Rocks

  • Selsey RNLI helps yacht following 'pan-pan' distress call

    Selsey RNLI helps yacht following 'pan-pan' distress call

  • Selsey inshore lifeboat to the rescue for fisherman with suspected heart atatck

    Selsey inshore lifeboat to the rescue for fisherman with suspected heart atatck

  • Selsey RNLI lifeboat assists 20-foot yacht reported in difficulty off Pagham.

    Selsey RNLI lifeboat assists 20-foot yacht reported in difficulty off Pagham.

  • Selsey RNLI crew rescue 70-foot ocean racing yacht

    Selsey RNLI crew rescue 70-foot ocean racing yacht

  • Photo of the crew afloat outside the station on exercise

    Selsey RNLI lifeboat on exercise

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    Thank you letter from Chernobyl children

  • The prototype of the new Shannon class lifeboat

    Shannon class lifeboat

  • RNLI volunteers in the south east will be ready at the drop of a paper hat this Christmas

    RNLI volunteers in the south east will be ready at the drop of a paper hat this Christmas

  • Selsey RNLI fundraisers receive awards

    Selsey RNLI fundraisers receive awards

  • Selsey RNLI lifeboats respond to mayday call from local divers

    Selsey RNLI lifeboats respond to mayday call from local divers

  • Selsey RNLI lifeboat assists a speedboat lost in fog

    Selsey RNLI lifeboat assists a speedboat lost in fog

  • Selsey RNLI lifeboat assists capsized kayaker

    Selsey RNLI lifeboat assists capsized kayaker

  • Local windsurfer caught by a 50 knot wind assisted by Hayling Island RNLI

    A grateful local windsurfer rescued from 50 knot winds by Hayling Island crew

  • Sussex and Hampshire lifeboats launch over 700 times in year of poor weather

    Brighton crew battle tough conditions to save yachtsman by marina wall

  • Boat fire drama off Beachy Head

    Eastbourne assist in the rescue of a casualty from a cruiser on fire

  • Eastbourne Tamar lifeboat 'Diamond Jubilee' officially named by Royal couple

    Their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex name Eastbourne's lifeboat 'Diamond Jubilee'

  • Eastbourne Tamar lifeboat 'Diamond Jubilee' officially named by Royal couple

    Their Royal Highnesses the Earl and Countess of Wessex name Eastbourne's 'Diamond Jubilee' lifeboat

  • A naming and a shout: all in day’s work for Calshot’s new lifeboat ‘Max Walls’

    Calshot's 'Max Walls' at her naming ceremony with Cowes' 'Sheena Louise' in background

  • Selsey RNLI assist 32 foot catamaran after it is run aground

    Selsey RNLI assist 32 foot catamaran after it is run aground

  • Selsey RNLI launch to assist to motor boat out of fuel

    Selsey RNLI launch to assist to motor boat out of fuel-2

  • Selsey RNLI launch to assist to motor boat out of fuel

    Selsey RNLI launch to assist to motor boat out of fuel-1

  • Selsey RNLI launch to assist to motor boat out of fuel

    Selsey RNLI launch to assist to motor boat out of fuel

  • Yacht entangled with lobster pot

    Yacht entangled with lobster pot

  • RNLI appeals for participants in popular fundraiser, the BUPA Great South Run

    RNLI appeals for participants in popular fundraiser, the BUPA Great South Run

  • Exceptionally busy weekend results in 28 rescues for RNLI lifeboats around the Solent

    Exceptionally busy weekend results in 28 rescues for RNLI lifeboats around the Solent-3

  • Exceptionally busy weekend results in 28 rescues for RNLI lifeboats around the Solent

    Exceptionally busy weekend results in 28 rescues for RNLI lifeboats around the Solent-2

  • Exceptionally busy weekend results in 28 rescues for RNLI lifeboats around the Solent

    Exceptionally busy weekend results in 28 rescues for RNLI lifeboats around the Solent-1

  • Exceptionally busy weekend results in 28 rescues for RNLI lifeboats around the Solent

    Exceptionally busy weekend results in 28 rescues for RNLI lifeboats around the Solent

  • West Sussex Royal National Lifeboat Institution fundraisers recognised with prestigious awards

    West Sussex Royal National Lifeboat Institution fundraisers recognised with prestigious awards

  • Selsey RNLI lifeboat goes to the aid of a motorboat

    Selsey RNLI lifeboat goes to the aid of a motorboat

  • RNLI Selsey assist 12.5 metre yacht 'Parthia'

    RNLI Selsey assist 12.5 metre yacht 'Parthia'

  • Walking from Dover to Lands End

    Walking from Dover to Lands End

  • Sussex RNLI lifeboat launches remained high throughout 2009, show latest charity figures

    Sussex RNLI lifeboat launches remained high throughout 2009, show latest charity figures

  • Silence is golden for Selsey lifeboats

    Silence is golden for Selsey lifeboats

  • Lifeboat charity welcomes eleventh-hour entries for the BUPA Great South Run

    Lifeboat charity welcomes eleventh-hour entries for the BUPA Great South Run

  • Sea-themed classical music album will benefit the RNLI

    Sea-themed classical music album will benefit the RNLI

  • Hayling Island lifeboat searches for 'iceberg'

    Hayling Island lifeboat searches for 'iceberg'

  • Liphook lifeboat funder is a one wheeled wonder

    Duncan Codd and his unicycle

  • Liphook lifeboat funder is a one wheeled wonder

    Duncan Codd presents Martin Rudwick with a cheque donation

  • Liphook lifeboat funder is a one wheeled wonder

    Duncan Codd and Martin Rudwick 2

  • Liphook lifeboat funder is a one wheeled wonder

    Duncan Codd and Martin Rudwick

  • Selsey RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew launched to drifting 18m sloop.

    Selsey assist Itsa Breeze

  • Selsey RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew launched to drifting 18m sloop.

    Selsey assist Sea Breeze 2

  • Selsey RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew launched to drifting 18m sloop.

    Selsey assist Sea Breeze 3

  • Selsey RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew launched to drifting 18m sloop.

    Selsey assist Sea Breeze 1

  • Selsey RNLI lifeboat crew launched to assist yacht in rough seas

    Littlehampton

  • Selsey RNLI lifeboat crew launched to assist yacht in rough seas

    Selsey rescue of Anone

  • Selsey RNLI lifeboat station on the lookout for a new volunteer press officer

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  • Selsey RNLI lifeboat station on the lookout for a new volunteer press officer

    Selsey RNLI lifeboat and station

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Lifeboat name: 
Betty and Thomas Moore

Lifeboat class: D class

Funded by: Donated by Mrs Betty Moore

Read more about the D class


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Lifeboat name:
Voluntary Worker

Lifeboat class: Tyne

Read more about the Tyne

1838
A Silver Medal was awarded to Lieut E B Westbrook RN for saving three men from the sloop Ann.

1861
A lifeboat station was established at Selsey. The lifeboat was launched over the beach on skids.

1886
A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain James Lawrence.

1920
A new slipway was built. The lifeboat was hauled on a trolley on rails until it reached this slipway, 25m out to sea.

1925
A new boathouse was built on piles.

1930
A Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain Frederick Barnes for rescuing two men from the motor yacht Lucy B.

1939
During the Second World War the Selsey lifeboat, Canadian Pacific, was launched on service 50 times.

1950
The Maud Smith Award, for the bravest act of lifesaving was awarded to Crew Member W Arnell, who rescued a man from a capsized boat.

1952
A Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain Leslie C Pennycord for the rescue of six crew from the Swift.

1956
Coxswain Douglas Grant was awarded a Silver Medal for the rescue of 18 people from the yachts Maaslust, Coima and Bloodhound.

1960
A new slipway, with a gradient of 1:5, and new station were completed.

1961
A Centenary Vellum was presented to the station.

1968
An inshore lifeboat (ILB) station was established with a D class lifeboat.

1978
The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Coxswain Michael Grant when the lifeboat saved three crew from the fishing vessel, Jenny.

1979
The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Coxswain Michael Grant for rescuing two crew from the sinking fishing vessel, New Venture.

1979
A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain Michael Grant when the lifeboat rescued the entire crew of 20 from the cargo vessel Cape Coast, which was listing and rolling violently.

1984
A second Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain Michael Grant when the llifeboat rescued the crew of six and saved the yacht Enchantress.

1984
A Bronze Medal was awarded to Helmsman David Frank Munday when the ILB rescued the three crew from the motor cruiser Joan Maureen in October 1983.

The Ralph Glister Award, for 1983, went to Helmsman David Munday and Crew Members Anthony Delahunty and Nigel Osbourn for this service.

1985
Ten lifeboat crew and committee members of Selsey Lifeboat Station were admitted to the Freedom of the City of London. The Tyne class all-weather lifeboat, City of London, was funded by the City of London Special Appeal.

1987
A boathouse was built for the D class lifeboat and contains a crew room, store and souvenir shop.

2005
It was decided that Voluntary Worker would replace City of London after 22 years' exemplary service by the latter.

Station honours

At Selsey Lifeboat Station the following awards have been made:

Thanks of the Institution on Vellum 2

Bronze Medal 3

Silver Medal 5