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Skegness Lifeboat Station

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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.

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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05/07/2014 21:46
30/06/2014 18:17
26/06/2014 19:26
16/06/2014 22:03
16/06/2014 22:02
16/06/2014 21:28
17/05/2014 16:59
17/05/2014 11:58
17/05/2014 10:44
11/05/2014 19:27

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Station address:

Skegness Lifeboat Station
Tower Esplanade
Skegness
Lincolnshire
PE25 3HH

Station telephone:

01754 763011

Station opening times:

10am–4pm daily

Visitor contact:

Mr J Irving or Peter Newsome

Visitor contact telephone:

01754 763011

Shop telephone:

01754 769894

Shop opening times:

Monday–Sunday
10am–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.

  • Skegness LPO Russ Matthews

    Skegness LPO Russ Matthews

  • Humber relief lifeboat Fraser Flyer (17-17) takes over the tow of the fishing boat Jessica from Skegness lifeboat, off Donna Nook.

    Humber lifeboat takes over the tow of the fishing boat Jessica.

  • Skegness lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher alongside the fishing boat Jessica, with crew members Will Watson and Joe Pieniak preparing the tow.

    Skegness lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher alongside the fishing boat Jessica

  • Skegness lifeboat crew members Will Watson and Joe Pieniak recover the anchor on board the fishing boat Jessica in preparation for towing her north towards Grimsby.

    Skegness lifeboat crew members preparing to tow fishing boat Jessica.

  • Russ Matthews, Lifeboat Press Officer (LPO) and crew member at Skegness Lifeboat Station

    Russ Matthews, LPO at Skegness

  • Skegness lifeboat crew members thank their friends from Wells for taking over the tow of motor yacht Lucky into Wells harbour.

    Skegness lifeboat crew talk to Wells lifeboat crew during the shout.

  • Motor yacht Lucky under tow by Skegness lifeboat with Wells all-weather lifeboat Doris M Mann of Ampthill approaching (right).

    2. Motor yacht Lucky under tow by Skegness lifeboat

  • Skegness all-weather lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher and the motor yacht Lucky with lifeboat crew members Dean Sumner and Tony Kelly rigging a tow rope.

    Lincolnshire Poacher and the motor yacht Lucky

  • Lifeboat Press Officer (Volunteer) Russ Matthews.

    LPO Russ Matthews

  • Skegness inshore lifeboat helmsman Craig Hopkins, who took command of the inshore lifeboat for his first call out today, having been ‘passed out’ as a helmsman by an RNLI inspector on Monday.

    Skegness inshore lifeboat helmsman Craig Hopkins.

  • RAF rescue helicopter Rescue 128 (left) on the beach at Anderby Creek shortly before flying the casualty to Hull Royal Infirmary. Skegness inshore lifeboat Peterborough Beer Festival IV can be seen on the right.

    Skegness lifeboats launch to help kayaker.

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    Russell Matthews

  • Russ Matthews - Lifeboat Press Officer (Volunteer) at Skegness Lifeboat Station

    Russ Matthews

  • Skegness lifeboat (relief Mersey class lifeboat 12-25 Bingo Lifeline) is washed down outside Skegness lifeboat station following her launch on Friday 11 October 2013.

    Relief Mersey class lifeboat 12-25 Bingo Lifeline is washed down outside Skegness lifeboat station.

  • Russ Matthews - Lifeboat Press Officer (Volunteer) at Skegness Lifeboat Station.

    Russ Matthews - Lifeboat Press Officer (Volunteer) at Skegness Lifeboat Station.

  • Skegness lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher with FV Audrina while towing FV Jolene earlier today, Thursday 26 September 2013.

    Skegness lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher with FV Audrina while towing FV Jolene earlier today.

  • Skegness lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher pulling FV Jolene off Skegness beach earlier today, Thursday 26 September 2013.

    Skegness lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher pulling FV Jolene off Skegness beach earlier today.

  • Centrica Energy cyclists leave their bikes with Skegness lifeboat crew while they climb aboard the Lincolnshire Poacher outside Skegness Lifeboat Station.

    Centrica Energy cyclists outside Skegness Lifeboat Station.

  • Russ Matthews - LPO at Skegness

    Russ Matthews - LPO at Skegness

  • Russ Matthews

    Russ Matthews

  • Skegness inshore lifeboat crew members Ned Kelly (left), Mark Holley and Will Watson, following the rescue of the Titanic, Monday 2 September 2013.

    Skegness lifeboat in 'Titanic' rescue..

  • Skegness RNLI lifeboats called twice to fishing vessel

    Skegness RNLI lifeboats called twice to fishing vessel

  • RNLI Skegness and Humber lifeboats escort lost vessel to safety

    RNLI Skegness and Humber lifeboats escort lost vessel to safety

  • Another busy Sunday for Skegness RNLI inshore lifeboat

    Another busy Sunday for Skegness RNLI inshore lifeboat

  • Skegness RNLI inshore lifeboat called out to two speedboats in one day

    Skegness RNLI inshore lifeboat called out to two speedboats in one day

  • Successful RNLI fundraising week and Lifeboat Day at Skegness

    Successful RNLI fundraising week and Lifeboat Day at Skegness-3

  • Successful RNLI fundraising week and Lifeboat Day at Skegness

    Successful RNLI fundraising week and Lifeboat Day at Skegness-2

  • Successful RNLI fundraising week and Lifeboat Day at Skegness

    Successful RNLI fundraising week and Lifeboat Day at Skegness-1

  • Successful RNLI fundraising week and Lifeboat Day at Skegness

    Successful RNLI fundraising week and Lifeboat Day at Skegness

  • Early morning call for the Skegness lifeboat

    Early morning call for the Skegness lifeboat

  • Skegness inshore lifeboat assists 15ft motor boat

    Skegness inshore lifeboat assists 15ft motor boat

  • Skegness RNLI lifeboat crew and lifeguards join forces to save swimmer

    Skegness RNLI lifeboat crew and lifeguards join forces to save swimmer

  • Skegness lifeboat rescues fishing vessel 30-miles off Lincolnshire Coast

    Skegness lifeboat rescues fishing vessel 30-miles off Lincolnshire Coast-3

  • Skegness lifeboat rescues fishing vessel 30-miles off Lincolnshire Coast

    Skegness lifeboat rescues fishing vessel 30-miles off Lincolnshire Coast-2

  • Skegness lifeboat rescues fishing vessel 30-miles off Lincolnshire Coast

    Skegness lifeboat rescues fishing vessel 30-miles off Lincolnshire Coast-1

  • Skegness lifeboat rescues fishing vessel 30-miles off Lincolnshire Coast

    Skegness lifeboat rescues fishing vessel 30-miles off Lincolnshire Coast

  • Skegness lifeboat helps lone yachtsman

    Skegness lifeboat helps lone yachtsman

  • Skegness Crew Bungee Jump to raise £600 for the RNLI

    Skegness Crew Bungee Jump to raise £600 for the RNLI

  • 1.	Storm with one of his rescuers, volunteer crewman Billy Harrison

    1. Storm with one of his rescuers, volunteer crewman Billy Harrison

  • Skegness Lifeboat Doc to run London Marathon

    Skegness Lifeboat Doc to run London Marathon

  • Skegness RNLI volunteer crew members Richard Watson and Joe Pieniak work quickly to rescue yacht from shallow water.

    Vounteer RNLI Crew work to rescue yacht.

  • Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Sea Safety Officer receives prestigious RYA award from HRH Princess Royal

    Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Sea Safety Officer receives prestigious RYA award from HRH Princess Royal

  • Skegness RNLI lifeboats assist kitesurfer after helicopter exercise

    Skegness RNLI lifeboats assist kitesurfer after helicopter exercise

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  • Congratul-Ale-tions

    Congratul-Ale-tions

  • Great North runners provide massive cash boost for RNLI

    Great North runners provide massive cash boost for RNLI-2

  • Great North runners provide massive cash boost for RNLI

    Great North runners provide massive cash boost for RNLI

  • Great North runners provide massive cash boost for RNLI

    Great North runners provide massive cash boost for RNLI-1

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  • Congratul-Ale-tions

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  • Congratul-Ale-tions

    Congratul-Ale-tions

  • New Skegness RNLI lifeboat goes into service

    New Skegness RNLI lifeboat goes into service

  • Skegness Lifeboat Day raises over £9,000 for RNLI charity

    Skegness Lifeboat Day raises over £9,000 for RNLI charity-3

  • Skegness Lifeboat Day raises over £9,000 for RNLI charity

    Skegness Lifeboat Day raises over £9,000 for RNLI charity-2

  • Skegness Lifeboat Day raises over £9,000 for RNLI charity

    Skegness Lifeboat Day raises over £9,000 for RNLI charity-1

  • Skegness Lifeboat Day raises over £9,000 for RNLI charity

    Skegness Lifeboat Day raises over £9,000 for RNLI charity

  • Lincolnshire lifeboats search for missing child

    Lincolnshire lifeboats search for missing child

  • Skegness RNLI lifeboats launch for third time in three days

    Skegness RNLI lifeboats launch for third time in three days

  • Skegness Lifeboat Stands-by as Yachts Head for Safety

    Skegness Lifeboat Stands-by as Yachts Head for Safety

  • Second Launch in 12 hours for Skegness RNLI Lifeboat

    Second Launch in 12 hours for Skegness RNLI Lifeboat

  • Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Assists Lone Yachtsman

    Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Assists Lone Yachtsman

  • Skegness RNLI lifeboat Coxswain/Mechanic retires after 28 years’ service

    John with new Coxswain Ray Chapman

  • Skegness RNLI lifeboat Coxswain/Mechanic retires after 28 years’ service

    John at the helm

  • Skegness RNLI lifeboat Coxswain/Mechanic retires after 28 years’ service

    RNLI crew join John

  • Legacy of life-long RNLI volunteer helps fund next Skegness lifeboat

    Legacy of life-long RNLI volunteer helps fund next Skegness lifeboat-4

  • Legacy of life-long RNLI volunteer helps fund next Skegness lifeboat

    Legacy of life-long RNLI volunteer helps fund next Skegness lifeboat-3

  • Legacy of life-long RNLI volunteer helps fund next Skegness lifeboat

    Legacy of life-long RNLI volunteer helps fund next Skegness lifeboat-2

  • Legacy of life-long RNLI volunteer helps fund next Skegness lifeboat

    Legacy of life-long RNLI volunteer helps fund next Skegness lifeboat

  • Legacy of life-long RNLI volunteer helps fund next Skegness lifeboat

    Legacy of life-long RNLI volunteer helps fund next Skegness lifeboat-1

  • Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Ball raises £8,000 with help from Centrica

    Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Ball raises £8,000 with help from Centrica-4

  • Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Ball raises £8,000 with help from Centrica

    Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Ball raises £8,000 with help from Centrica-3

  • Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Ball raises £8,000 with help from Centrica

    Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Ball raises £8,000 with help from Centrica-2

  • Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Ball raises £8,000 with help from Centrica

    Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Ball raises £8,000 with help from Centrica-1

  • Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Ball raises £8,000 with help from Centrica

    Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Ball raises £8,000 with help from Centrica

  • Late Summer Weekend Keeps Skegness RNLI Lifeboats Busy in October

    Late Summer Weekend Keeps Skegness RNLI Lifeboats Busy in October

  • Skegness, Mablethorpe and Humber RNLI lifeboats assist yacht off Lincolnshire coast

    Skegness, Mablethorpe and Humber RNLI lifeboats assist yacht off Lincolnshire coast

  • Skegness RNLI lifeboat assists four on speedboat

    Skegness RNLI lifeboat assists four on speedboat

  • Skegness RNLI tasked to motorboat and missing child

    Skegness RNLI tasked to motorboat and missing child

  • Skegness RNLI lifeboat assists four on speedboat

    Skegness RNLI lifeboat assists four on speedboat

  • Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Day raises over £5,200

    Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Day raises over £5,200-4

  • Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Day raises over £5,200

    Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Day raises over £5,200-3

  • Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Day raises over £5,200

    Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Day raises over £5,200-2

  • Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Day raises over £5,200

    Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Day raises over £5,200-1

  • Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Day raises over £5,200

    Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Day raises over £5,200

  • Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Day to celebrate 21 years of Lincolnshire Poacher

    Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Day to celebrate 21 years of Lincolnshire Poacher-3

  • Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Day to celebrate 21 years of Lincolnshire Poacher

    Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Day to celebrate 21 years of Lincolnshire Poacher-2

  • Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Day to celebrate 21 years of Lincolnshire Poacher

    Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Day to celebrate 21 years of Lincolnshire Poacher-1

  • Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Day to celebrate 21 years of Lincolnshire Poacher

    Skegness RNLI Lifeboat Day to celebrate 21 years of Lincolnshire Poacher

  • Skegness inshore lifeboat called at 5am

    Skegness inshore lifeboat called at 5am

  • Lifeboat Ball fundraiser rolls through £11,000 target for Skegness RNLI

    Russell Matthews

  • Lifeboat Ball fundraiser rolls through £11,000 target for Skegness RNLI

    The Lifeboat Ball 2012 Sponsors and Supporters.

  • Lifeboat Ball fundraiser rolls through £11,000 target for Skegness RNLI

    Skegness lifeboat Coxswain John Irving outside The Suncastle greeting guests.

  • North of England RNLI volunteers wade in to flood training

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team boat handling exercise

  • North of England RNLI volunteers wade in to flood training

    RNLI volunteers practice flood rescue techniques

  • North of England RNLI volunteers wade in to flood training

    Boat handling exercise

  • North of England RNLI volunteers wade in to flood training

    Night swimming exercise

  • Skegness RNLI lifeboat tows yacht and crew of 2 to safety

    Yacht Pandion under tow by Skegness lifeboat

Image of lifeboat
 

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


Image of lifeboat

 

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

 

1830
The first lifeboat was provided by the Lincolnshire Coast Shipwreck Association.

1851
A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain Samuel Moody for service over 21 years, saving 53 lives.

1854
A second Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain Samuel Moody for saving 11 people from the brigantine Atalanta.

1864
The RNLI took over the station and a new boathouse was built.

1874
Shore 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.

1876
Silver 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.

1892
A new boathouse with doors at both ends was built on the main Promenade.

1928
A Centenary Vellum was awarded to the station.

1932
A tractor was sent to the station for launching the lifeboat.

1935
A barometer was awarded to Coxswain Perrin for a shore boat rescue.

1954
Coxswain 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.

1964
An inshore lifeboat (ILB) station was established in May with a D class lifeboat.

1975
An anniversary Vellum was presented to the station to celebrate 150 years as a lifeboat station.

1990
A 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.

1994
A new D class lifeboat was placed on service on 3 June.

1998
The 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.

2002
A 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.

Station honours

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