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St Davids Lifeboat Station

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Situated on the spectacular coastline of south west Wales, and close to Britain’s smallest city, St Davids Lifeboat Station has been launching lifeboats for over 140 years. The crews have been presented with 30 awards for gallantry in recognition of their determination and courage in saving lives at sea. 

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
26/03/2014 07:46
15/01/2014 19:15
27/12/2013 07:11
16/12/2013 23:42
04/12/2013 23:05
28/10/2013 14:48
28/10/2013 14:41
21/09/2013 14:19
20/09/2013 13:35
14/09/2013 15:44

Latest news from this station

  • St Davids RNLI lifeboat responds to mayday call

    St Davids RNLI lifeboat responds to mayday call

    27-03-2014

    On Wednesday 26 March at 8.04am following a mayday call received by Milford Haven coastguards, St Davids RNLI Tamar class lifeboat with its volunteer crew slipped her moorings to go to the aid of a 42ft ketch which was taking on water.

  • Two Welsh RNLI lifeboats head home after major search off Pembrokeshire

    Two Welsh RNLI lifeboats head home after major search off Pembrokeshire

    15-01-2014

    RNLI all-weather lifeboats from Fishguard and St Davids are this evening returning to their respective stations after being involved in a major sea search.

  • St Davids RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew paged

    27-12-2013

    On Friday December 27 at 7:11am with a violent storm 11 in progress, St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat with its volunteer crew were paged following a distress signal received by the coastguards, from an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB)

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Station address:

St Davids Lifeboat Station
St Justinians
St Davids
Haverfordwest
Pembrokeshire
SA62 6PY

Station telephone:

01437 720215 

Station opening times:

10am–4pm daily

Accessibility:

Parking

Visitor contact:

David John 

Visitor contact telephone:

01437 720215

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.

 

 

 

  • St Davids RNLI volunteers attend a Mayday call

    St Davids RNLI volunteers attend a Mayday call

  • St Davids RNLI LPO

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • St Davids RNLI lifeboat

    Casualty Tiger Feet

  • Fishguard all-weather lifeboat

    Fishguard all-weather lifeboat

  • St Davids RNLI LPO

    St Davids RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • St Davids RNLI LPO

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • St Davids RNLI ILB

    St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat

  • St Davids RNLI ALB

    St Davids RNLI Tamar class lifeboat

  • St Davids RNLI LPO

    St Davids Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • St Davids RNLI ILB

    St Davids RNLI Inshore Lifeboat

  • St Davids RNLI ALB

    St Davids RNLI Lifeboat

  • St Davids crew member Jestyn Martin was presented with the RNLI's long service badge to mark 20 years service to the station.

    St Davids RNLI Crew Presentations

  • St Davids crew members Clive Hayes has been presented hi service certificate. Clive retired earlier in November having been a crew member on the all-weather lifeboat since 1989.

    St Davids RNLI Crew Presentations

  • St Davids RNLI LPO

    St Davids RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • St Davids RNLI ALB

    St Davids RNLI all-weather lifeboat

  • Some of the RNLI voluntees at St Davids

    Some of the RNLI voluntees at St Davids

  • St Davids RNLI LPO

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Fishing Vessel

    Lynn Catherine

  • Jim Phillips

    Jim Phillips

  • St Davids LPO

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • St Davids RNLI ALB

    St Davids all-weather lifeboat

  • St Davids RNLI LPO

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • St Davids RNLI ALB

    St Davids all-weather lifeboat

  • St Davids RNLI ILB

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • St Davids RNLI ILB

    St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat

  • Steve will be welcomed to Wales by St Davids RNLI

    Steve will be welcomed to Wales by St Davids RNLI

  • St Davids RNLI LPO

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • St Davids RNLI Fundraising Branch

    St Davids RNLI Coffee Morning

  • St Davids RNLI LPO

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • St Davids RNLI ILB

    St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat

  • St Davids LPO

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • St Davids RNLI ILB

    St Davids RNLI inshore lifeboat

  • St Davids RNLI LPO

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • St Davids RNLI ALB

    Norah Wortley

  • St Davids LPO

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • St Davids ILB

    Inshore Lifeboat

  • Criccieth RNLI has had an busy weekend

    Criccieth RNLI has had an exceptionally busy weekend

  • St Davids LPO

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • RNLB Garside

    St Davids RNLI lifeboat

  • St Davids RNLI LPO

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Garside

    St Davids RNLI ALB

  • Jim Phillips

    Jim Phillips

  • St Davids inshore RNLI lifeboat

    St Davids inshore RNLI lifeboat

  • St Davids RNLI LPO

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Lifeboat Norah Wortley

    St Davids Lifeboat

  • St Davids RNLI

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • St Davids ALB launching

    St Davids RNLI Garside

  • St Davids RNLI Press Officer

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Vessel under tow

    Yacht Talisman

  • St Davids RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Mike Chant Fundraising

    Mike Chant

  • St Davids RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • St Davids RNLI AGM

    Cheque Presentation

  • St Davids RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • St Davids RNLI

    RNLI Volunteer Press Officer

  • Jeffry Davies presentation

    St Davids RNLI chairman

  • St Davids RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

    volunteer lifeboat press officer

  • St Davids RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • St Davids RNLI

    Inshore Lifeboat

  • RNLI crew member on stern of the Lady Helen

    RNLI crew member on stern of the Lady Helen

  • RNLI crew pump out the Lady Helen

    RNLI crew pump out the Lady Helen

  • St Davids RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • St Davids all-weather lifeboat

    St Davids all-weather lifeboat

  • St David's RNLI Lifeboat Second Coxswain Award

    St David's RNLI Lifeboat Second Coxswain Award

  • Achievements celebrated at St Davids RNLI crew dinner

    Achievements celebrated at St Davids RNLI crew dinner

  • The Story of the St Davids Lifeboats is launched

    The Story of the St Davids Lifeboats is launched

  • St David’s RNLI lifeboat station’s new launching tractor arrives

    St David’s RNLI lifeboat station’s new launching tractor arrives

  • St Davids RNLI lifeboat tows fishing boat to safety

    St Davids RNLI lifeboat tows fishing boat to safety

  • St Davids Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • St Davids Tamar class lifeboat

    St Davids Tamar class lifeboat

  • St David's RNLI all-weather lifeboat called out to aid stricken catamaran

    St David's RNLI all-weather lifeboat called out to aid stricken catamaran

  • Volunteer praised for a decade of keeping St Davids RNLI in the news

    Volunteer praised for a decade of keeping St Davids RNLI in the news

  • RNLI volunteer crew in search for missing divers off Pembrokeshire coast

    RNLI volunteer crew in search for missing divers off Pembrokeshire coast

  • Two Rescued from Fishing Boat

    Two Rescued from Fishing Boat

  • St David's RNLI Ladies Guild Gold Badge Award

    St David's RNLI Ladies Guild Gold Badge Award

  • St Davids RNLI Lifeboat Crew Launch To Aid Of Three Surfers

    St Davids RNLI Lifeboat Crew Launch To Aid Of Three Surfers

  • St Davids RNLI crew to receive awards for courageous rescue

    St Davids RNLI crew to receive awards for courageous rescue

  • St Davids new Tamar class lifeboat

    St Davids new Tamar class lifeboat

  • Drilling Rig at St David's RNLI Lifeboat Station

    Drilling Rig at St David's RNLI Lifeboat Station

  • St David's RNLI lifeboat called out

    St David's RNLI lifeboat called out

  • Both St David's RNLI lifeboats called out

    Both St David's RNLI lifeboats called out

  • St Davids RNLI lifeboats assist in two cliff rescues

    St Davids RNLI lifeboats assist in two cliff rescues

  • St Davids new RNLI lifeboat arrives home in Pembrokshire

    St Davids new RNLI lifeboat arrives home in Pembrokshire

  • St Davids new RNLI lifeboat arrives home in Pembrokeshire

    St Davids new RNLI lifeboat arrives home in Pembrokeshire

  • St Davids new Tamar class lifeboat

    St Davids new Tamar class lifeboat

  • St Davids RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

    Lifeboat Press Officer

  • 30ft yacht Ynys Y Big

    Ynys Y Big

  • Lifeboat Press Officer

    St Davids RNLI Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Lifeboat Station

    St Davids RNLI Lifeboat Station

  • Image of Ysgol Croesgoch cheque presentation. Photo: RNLI/St Davids

    Cheque Presentation

  • Lifeboat Station

    St Davids RNLI Boathouse

  • St Davids RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer

    Volunteer Press Officer

  • Jim Phillips St Davids RNLI Press Officer

    Author

  • Cheque Presentation

    Cheque Presentation

  • St Davids lifeboat launched to assist catamaran

    St Davids lifeboat launched to assist catamaran

  • St Davids RNLI volunteer service certificate presentation

    St Davids RNLI volunteer service certificate presentation

  • Plaque to commemorate 21-year-old St Davids lifeboatman lost in service

    Plaque to commemorate 21-year-old St Davids lifeboatman lost in service

  • Captain James Wilcox RNLI presentation

    Captain James Wilcox RNLI presentation

  • St Davids RNLI tuck in for SOS Day

    Jim Phillips

  • St Davids RNLI Lifeboat Presentation

    Presentation

  • St Davids lifeboat rescues six people cut off by the tide

  • St Davids and Angle RNLI lifeboats help sinking vessel

  • First call out for St Davids new lifeboat

St Davids is in the unusual position of operating two all-weather lifeboats simultaneously until a new boathouse is built for their new Tamar class, Norah Wortley. The Tamar is the primary all-weather lifeboat and is currently being kept on a mooring. However when weather dictates she has to be moved from her exposed position, and the Tyne class then becomes the lifeboat on service.

The arrival of St Davids' new Tamar class all-weather lifeboat, Norah Wortley. Photo: RNLI / Nicholas Leach


Lifeboat name:
 Norah Wortley

Lifeboat class: Tamar

Funded by: the generous bequest of Mrs Diane Mary Symon

Read more about the Tamar

Image of Tyne class lifeboat


Lifeboat name:
 Garside

Lifeboat class: Tyne

Funded by: Legacies of Mr T H Garside and Miss D Garside

Read more about the Tyne


Image of D class lifeboat



Lifeboat name:
Myrtle and Trevor Gurr

Lifeboat class: D class

Read more about the D class

 

1867
A Silver Medal was awarded to Thomas Rees for rescuing four men from the wrecked schooner Two Brothers.

1869
The RNLI established a lifeboat station and a boathouse was built at Porth Stinian.

1886
The boathouse was extended.

1892
A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain David Hicks on his retirement for ‘his long and gallant services in saving life from shipwreck’.

1903
A Silver Medal was awarded to Acting Coxswain William Narbett for rescuing six crew from the steamship Graffoe aground at Ramsey Island.

1910
On 12 October the lifeboat launched to the ketch Democrat and rescued three people. The lifeboat was then wrecked in the gale and heavy seas and Coxswain John Stephens and Crew Members Henry Rowlands and James Price drowned. Fifteen men had scrambled onto rocks at The Bitches and they were eventually rescued by three people including Sydney Mortimer, who was awarded a Silver Medal. Sydney Mortimer was then appointed coxswain at the age of 18 to succeed Coxswain John Stephens.

1911
A new boathouse was built for the station’s first motor lifeboat.

1912
The first motor lifeboat was placed on service.

1943
Bronze Medals were awarded to Honorary Secretary Dr Joseph Soar and Crew Member Gwilym Davies for rescuing a man trapped on the cliffs near Llanunwas on 28 February.

A Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain William Watts Williams for a service over 10 hours to a tank landing craft on 25 April.

1955
A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain William Watts Williams, Bronze Medals to Mechanic George Jordan and Assistant Mechanic Gwilym J Davies, and Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum to Second Coxswain David Lewis, Acting Bowman William Rowlands, Emergency Mechanic Howell H Roberts and Crew Members William Morris and Richard Chisholm for rescuing 35 people from the tanker World Concord, which broke in two during exceptional storms on 27 November 1954.

1956
A Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain David Lewis for rescuing eight crew from the French trawler Notre Dame de Fatima. Approaching St. Ann’s Head in heavy seas, Crew Member Ieuan Bateman was lost overboard and his body was recovered the next day. The French Government posthumously awarded him the lifesaving Silver Medal and the French Lifeboat Society awarded him the Bronze Medal.

1969
A Centenary Vellum was awarded to the station.

1978
A Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain William Morris for rescuing seven crew and saving the Royal Naval tender MFV 7.

1982
A Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain Frederick John for rescuing three crew from the tug Vernicos Giorgos on 18 October 1981.

1985
The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Coxswain/Mechanic Frederick John for rescuing the two crew from the fishing vessel Miss Ali Jane.

1987
The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Coxswain/Mechanic Frederick John for rescuing the two crew from the fishing vessel Marigold A on 11 December 1986.

The boathouse was adapted for a Tyne class lifeboat.

1988
The Tyne class lifeboat, ON-1139 Garside, was placed on service in May.

1989
A Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain/Mechanic David Chant for rescuing the four crew from the fishing vessel Stephanie Jane.

1997
An inshore D class lifeboat was sent to the station for evaluation and was kept in the 1869 boathouse.

1998
The D class lifeboat, D-543 Saint David Dewi Sant, was placed on service on 9 December.

1999
The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Coxswain Malcolm Gray for saving the tanker Blackfriars, which had been swept ashore after the anchor cable had broken. The lifeboat was at sea for over eight hours.

2002
A Framed Letter of Thanks was presented to Helmsman Neil Thomas for rescuing three surfers trapped in heavy surf off Newgale Beach.

2005
The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Coxswain Malcolm Gray MBE for taking the lifeboat alongside a burning fishing vessel in gale force winds, with three to four metre breaking seas and in total darkness. The six crew members received Vellum service certificates and a Letter of Appreciation signed from the Operations Director. Captain Michael Poole, Master of the Isle of Inishmore ferry also received a Letter of Appreciation for locating the fishing boat, illuminating the area and manoeuvring his vessel to provide protection.

Station honours

At St Davids Lifeboat Station the following awards have been made:

Framed Letter of Thanks 1

Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum 9

Bronze Medal 9

Silver Medal 5