Covering part of the Lincolnshire coastline, Skegness has operated an all-weather lifeboat for over 175 years. Today, two lifeboats cover one of the region's busiest beaches and surrounding areas.
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Coastal fatality figures* released today (9 July) by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) show 31 people lost their lives around the north England coasts last year – but 61% didn’t even set out to enter the water.
Skegness RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew members had the opportunity for some valuable training this weekend, working with one of the vessels that maintain the wind turbines off the Lincolnshire coast.
Skegness RNLI all-weather lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher was called into action earlier today (Wednesday) when a yacht requested assistance near the entrance to the river Steeping at Gibraltar Point.
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Skegness Lifeboat StationTower EsplanadeSkegnessLincolnshirePE25 3HH
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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.
Lifeboat name: Lincolnshire Poacher
Lifeboat class: Mersey
Funded by: Major donation to the Lincolnshire Lifeboat Appeal by the John and Lucille Van Geest Charitable Trust
Read more about the Mersey
Lifeboat name: Peterborough Beer Festival IV
Lifeboat class: D class
Funded by: Funded by RNLI Peterborough branch, mainly through collections at the annual CAMRA Peterborough Beer Festival
Read more about the D class
1830The first lifeboat was provided by the Lincolnshire Coast Shipwreck Association.
1851A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain Samuel Moody for service over 21 years, saving 53 lives.
1854A second Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain Samuel Moody for saving 11 people from the brigantine Atalanta.
1864The RNLI took over the station and a new boathouse was built.
1874Shore Helper Matthew Hildred (17) was run over by the carriage and killed during an exercise launch on 28 April of the new lifeboat Herbert Ingram.
1876Silver Medals were awarded to Crew Members Samuel Moody and George Chesnutt for saving the Master of the barge Star. Mr Moody and Mr Chesnutt jumped in the icy water to rescue him and held on to the lifeboat’s life-lines while the boat was rowed to the shore.
1892A new boathouse with doors at both ends was built on the main Promenade.
1928A Centenary Vellum was awarded to the station.
1932A tractor was sent to the station for launching the lifeboat.
1935A barometer was awarded to Coxswain Perrin for a shore boat rescue.
1954Coxswain W Perrin was awarded the Silver Medal of the National Canine Defence League for attempting to rescue a dog that had fallen through the ice.
1964An inshore lifeboat (ILB) station was established in May with a D class lifeboat.
1975An anniversary Vellum was presented to the station to celebrate 150 years as a lifeboat station.
1990A new boathouse was built for the station’s new Mersey class lifeboat at the edge of the beach on Tower Esplanade. As well as providing housing for the Mersey class lifeboat and launching tractor, it provides housing for the station's D Class lifeboat, a workshop, an office, a souvenir sales outlet, and improved crew facilities.
1994A new D class lifeboat was placed on service on 3 June.
1998The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Coxswain Paul Martin for the service on 11 April to the yacht Sea Fever. After five attempts, the lifeboat was close enough for Crew Member David Sellers to jump into the cockpit. The occupant was found to be suffering from exhaustion and seasickness but otherwise uninjured. The engine was disengaged and the crew were able to secure a tow line and head for Grimsby, the safest option in the prevailing weather conditions.
2002A Framed Letter of Thanks was presented to Coxswain John Irving for the saving of the yacht Wing and her lone yachtsman on 5 May 2002, which was aground on the Long Sands in the Parlour Channel.
At Skegness Lifeboat Station the following awards have been made:
Framed Letter of Thanks 1
Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum 1
Silver Medal 4
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