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Southend-on-Sea Lifeboat Station

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Southend-on-Sea Lifeboat Station has a remarkable history of bravery with 59 awards for gallantry. It is the only station to operate three inshore lifeboats and an inshore rescue hovercraft.

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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Station address:

Southend-on-Sea Lifeboat Station
Southend Pier
Essex
SS1 1EE

Station telephone:

01702 467421 

Station opening times:

​January–March weekends only; April–December 11am–4:30pm daily

Accessibility:

Disabled access

Visitor contact:

Captain Brian Wood

Visitor contact telephone:

01702 557370

Shop telephone:

01702 469530

Shop opening times:

January-December
Monday-Sunday
Governed by pier opening times

January-December
Monday-Sunday
Governed by pier opening times

 

RNLI crew 

Specific 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.

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    2013 stats infographic

  • Nick Snelling, deputy launching authority (pictured right) receives the cheque

    Chelmsford Angling Club

  • Library picture of RNLI lifeguards

    Library picture of RNLI lifeguards

  • Library picture of a D class inshore lifeboat

    Library picture of a D class inshore lifeboat

  • L-r shows Colin Sedgwick, ex Lifeboat Operations Manager at Southend RNLI, HRH The Duke of Kent, and John Foster, current Lifeboat Operations Manager at Southend RNLI

    Duke of Kent signs Southend visitor book

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    The Duke of Kent at Southend ceremony

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    Clacton lifeboat rescue

  • Barry Crayford

    Barry Crayford

  • all weather and inshore

    all weather and inshore

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    Southend RNLI old onshore boathouse

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    Southend RNLI new onshore boathouse

  • Southend-on-sea's Operation Foreshore

    Southend-on-sea's Operation Foreshore-3

  • Southend-on-sea's Operation Foreshore

    Southend-on-sea's Operation Foreshore-2

  • Southend-on-sea's Operation Foreshore

    Southend-on-sea's Operation Foreshore-1

  • Southend-on-sea's Operation Foreshore

    Southend-on-sea's Operation Foreshore

  • Southend RNLI lifeboat launched to angling boat

    Southend RNLI lifeboat launched to angling boat

  • Aquapigs raise funds for Southend RNLI lifeboat station

    Aquapigs raise funds for Southend RNLI lifeboat station

  • Southend RNLI lifeboat aids two angling boats

    Southend RNLI lifeboat aids two angling boats

  • Southend RNLI volunteers launch in early hours of morning to assist angling boat

    Southend RNLI volunteers launch in early hours of morning to assist angling boat

  • Three calls for Southend Lifeboats

    Three calls for Southend Lifeboats

  • Busy Sunday for Sheerness lifeboat crew

    Busy Sunday for Sheerness lifeboat crew

  • Southend-on-Sea lifeboat crew take to the sky

    Southend-on-Sea lifeboat crew take to the sky

  • Southend Lifeboat Launched To Tri-maran

    Southend Lifeboat Launched To Tri-maran

  • ‘Gobsmacked’ – top RNLI lifeboatman Rob and the secret party

    ‘Gobsmacked’ – top RNLI lifeboatman Rob and the secret party

  • Southend’s RNLI crews assist kitesurfer with suspected back injuries

    Southend’s RNLI crews assist kitesurfer with suspected back injuries

  • RNLI figures highlight summer continues to be busy for East Anglia

    RNLI figures highlight summer continues to be busy for East Anglia

  • West Mersea lifeboat helps family after car is caught out by tide

    West Mersea rescue a family from stranded car, October 2012

  • RNLI East volunteers head west for vital flood rescue training

    RNLI's East Flood Rescue Team on exercise, September 2012

  • Radio legend Johnnie Walker names Clacton RNLI Lifeboat Station's new lifeboat

    Johnnie Walker names the Clacton lifeboat in September 2012

  • Walton and Frinton RNLI lifeboat launch to stricken barge in storm force conditions

    Walton & Frinton launch to a stricken barge in April 2012

  • West Mersea volunteer crew face 'testing conditions' to tow stranded yacht

    West Mersea helped a stranded yacht in deteriorating conditions in September 2012

  • RNLI 'lifeboat' completes Virgin London Marathon

    RNLI 'lifeboat' completes Virgin London Marathon

  • RNLI ‘lifeboat’ set to run Virgin London Marathon

    RNLI ‘lifeboat’ set to run Virgin London Marathon

  • RNLI crew members assisting with safety at Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant

    RNLI crew members assisting with safety at Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant-5

  • RNLI crew members assisting with safety at Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant

    RNLI crew members assisting with safety at Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant-4

  • RNLI crew members assisting with safety at Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant

    RNLI crew members assisting with safety at Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant-3

  • RNLI crew members assisting with safety at Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant

    RNLI crew members assisting with safety at Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant-2

  • RNLI crew members assisting with safety at Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant

    RNLI crew members assisting with safety at Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant-1

  • RNLI crew members assisting with safety at Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant

    RNLI crew members assisting with safety at Diamond Jubilee Thames Pageant

  • Lifeboat charity calls on Maidstone people to sign up for RNLI Reindeer Run

    Lifeboat charity calls on Maidstone people to sign up for RNLI Reindeer Run

  • RNLI East volunteers head west for vital flood rescue training

    Crew negotiate fast-flowing water at Stanley Embankment

  • RNLI East volunteers head west for vital flood rescue training

    Members of the RNLI East division's Flood Rescue Team

  • RNLI East volunteers head west for vital flood rescue training

    An FRT boat is guided through Four Mile Bridge

  • RNLI East volunteers head west for vital flood rescue training

    An FRT boat is guided through Four Mile Bridge

  • RNLI East volunteers head west for vital flood rescue training

    FRT crew negotiate fast-flowing water at Stanley Embankment

  • Essex claims busiest coastal lifeboat station in RNLI summer rescue figures

    Harwich RNLI pull man from water at Stone Point

  • Award for Southend’s Lifeboat Operations Manager

    Outgoing Southend Lifeboat Operations Manager Colin Sedgwick with his long service award

  • Image of Southend-on-Sea’s hovercraft. Photo: Graeme Sweeney

    Southend-on-Sea’s hovercraft. Photo: Graeme Sweeney

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Lifeboat name: 
Pride of London Foresters

Lifeboat class: D class

Funded by: The Courts of the London United District of the Ancient Order of Foresters Friendly Society

Read more about the D class


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Lifeboat name:
The Essex Freemason

Lifeboat class: D class

Read more about the D class

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Lifeboat name: 
Vera Ravine

Lifeboat class: Hovercraft

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Lifeboat name:
Vic and Billie Whiffen

Lifeboat class: B class (Atlantic 75)

Funded by: Stella Billie Whiffen

Read more about the B class

1826
A Silver Medal was awarded to Coastguard Mr George Culmer for rescuing two people from the vessel Friendship.

1838
A Silver Medal was awarded to Lieut Sidney King RN for rescuing two people from the barge John.

1879
The RNLI established a lifeboat station; the lifeboat was either launched from moorings at the end of the pier or from a davit.

1885
A second lifeboat station (No.2) was established and the lifeboat was carriage-launched. A boathouse was built at the bottom of Hartington Road.

1887
A Silver Medal was awarded to Light Keeper William Bradley for rescuing a man from the capsized steam tug Jubilee.

1891
The No.2 lifeboat was moored inside the head of the pier during the winter months and kept in the boathouse during the summer. The No. 1 station lifeboat was removed.

1928
The station’s first motor lifeboat was placed on service.

1935
A new boathouse and slipway were built at the end of pier.

1938
A Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain Sidney Page for saving seven people from five vessels during a storm on 2 June.

A second Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain Page for rescuing six men from three barges on the night of 26 November

1940
The lifeboat Greater London was one of 19 RNLI lifeboats that went to Dunkirk to help to bring off the British Expeditionary Force. In the last hours of the evacuation the Greater London hauled the destroyer HMS Kellett off the beach and saved the destroyer and her crew from capture.

1941
A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain Page and Bronze Medals to Crew Members Frank Jurgenson, William Deer, Herbert Myall, Samuel Thomas and Reginald Sanders for an outstanding war service when the lifeboat went out eight times and rescued 12 men from several barges.

1947
Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum were awarded to Coxswain Sidney Page and 10 crew members for launching the lifeboat four times in 12 hours and rescuing seven people from three barges.

1953
During a great storm on 31 January the sea flooded large areas of land in many parts of the east coast and the lifeboat was at sea for a total of 26 hours 35 minutes.

1955
The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Coxswain Sidney Page for rescuing three crew from the motor barge Fence.

1962
A collective Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Coxswain P Gilson and his crew for rescuing seven people from the vessel Temar that was on fire.

1965
An inshore lifeboat (ILB) station was established with a D class lifeboat, which was housed on the promenade and lowered into the water by davit.

1968
Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum were awarded to Robert Chalk, Gordon Easton and D Morgan for rescuing two crew from a cabin cruiser.

1969
A second D class lifeboat was sent to the station in April following the withdrawal of helicopters from RAF Manston.

Framed Letters of Thanks were awarded to Robert Chalk and Colin Sedgwick for rescuing four people from two boats on 9 November.

1971
Framed Letters of Thanks were awarded to the crews of both the inshore lifeboats – Helmsman Duncan Clark and Crew Members Clifton Warry and Harry Pavitt, and Helmsman Dennis Webb and Crew Member Stephen Cox – for helping to rescue 26 people from 90 capsized yachts during a heavy squall and thunderstorm.

1974
A Framed Letter of Thanks was awarded to Robert Chalk for jumping into the sea to rescue a woman in difficulties in the water. He was also awarded a testimonial on Vellum by the Royal Humane Society.

1976
The all-weather lifeboat was withdrawn on 28 March and a B class Atlantic 21 lifeboat was placed on service.

1978
The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Helmsman Robert T Fossett for saving two boats, rescuing six people and giving help to three other vessels on 6 June 1977.

1979
A Centenary Vellum was awarded to the station.

1981
The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to 16-year-old Carl Palmby for going to the aid, in his sailing boat, of a man clinging to his upturned dinghy.

Framed Letters of Thanks were awarded to Helmsman Paul Gilson and Crew Members Glyn Gilson and Paul Manners for assisting the tug Laity F.

1982
A Bronze Medal was awarded to Helmsman Robert T Fossett and Framed Letters of Thanks to Crew Members Simon Spratt and Mark Fossett for rescuing the two crew from the fishing vessel Mary.

1986
HRH Princess Anne named the new Atlantic 21 lifeboat Percy Garon II on 2 May.

A new boathouse for the Atlantic 21 was built next to the D class boathouse after the 180ft coaster Kings Abbey sliced through a section of the pier on 30 June.

1989
An extension to the Atlantic 21 boathouse was built for the second D class lifeboat.

1990
The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Helmsman Paul Gilson and Framed Letters of Thanks to Crew Members John Foster and Clifton Warry when the D class lifeboat went to help the Atlantic 21 lifeboat Percy Garon II during a storm, steep heavy seas and darkness on 21 October 1989. The Percy Garon II was on service to a sinking barge when both engines failed and was drifting in dangerous waters at Shoebury Sands. Framed Letters of Thanks were awarded to the Atlantic 21 Helmsman Robert Fossett and Crew Members Mark Fossett and Roy Kidwell.

1991
A commemorative plaque was unveiled on 24 January by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal to mark the opening of the new Atlantic 21 boathouse.

1992
The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Helmsman Paul Gilson for rescuing the two crew from the yacht First Knight on 23 August 1991. Framed Letters of Thanks were awarded to Crew Members Clifton Warry and Duncan Clark.

1997
The new D class lifeboat, D-527 Ethel Royal, was placed on service on 27 October.

1999
A Framed Letter of Thanks was presented to the station after all three lifeboats had assisted several sailing dinghies that had been capsized or sunk by rapidly deteriorating weather on 3 January.

2000
A Bronze Medal was awarded to Helmsman John Foster and Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum were awarded to Crew Members Michael Whistler and Ian Rees when they rescued three people from the angling boat Lady Jane on 24 October 1999. The Walter and Elizabeth Groombridge Award for the most meritorious service performed by a B class lifeboat in 1999 was given for this rescue. Further honour was bestowed upon them by Southend Borough Council when they awarded them the Mitchell Cup.

2001
A new boathouse was completed in July at a cost of £696,186.

A Framed Letter of Thanks was awarded to Helmsman John Foster for rescuing the three crew and saving the angling boat Sea Breeze on 12 November 2000.

2001
The new Atlantic 75 lifeboat, B-776 Vic and Billie Whiffen, was placed on service on 8 December.

2002
A Framed Letter of Thanks was awarded to Helmsman Stewart Olley (Atlantic 75) and Helmsman Michael Whistler (D class) when the two lifeboats saved the three crew and the angling boat Badger on 9 March.

2004
The hovercraft, H-004 Vera Ravine, was placed on service on 10 July and a new boathouse for it was completed in September.

Station honours

At Southend-on-Sea Lifeboat Station the following awards have been made:

Framed Letter of Thanks 22

Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum 24

Bronze Medal 9

Silver Medal 4