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St Helier Lifeboat Station

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For over 120 years a lifeboat has operated from St Helier, although during the Second World War it was not under the RNLI’s control.  Crew members from St Helier Lifeboat Station have been awarded nine Bronze Medals, seven Silver Medals and four Gold Medals for gallantry.

​This station is classed as an Observe station. Observe stations also welcome visitors but many are in inaccessible places and best suited to maritime rescue rather than visits. However, they are situated in stunning locations so why not enjoy the local area, using the station as a starting point?

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Recent launches from this station

Date Time
17/08/2014 11:10
13/08/2014 20:08
12/08/2014 20:40
10/08/2014 15:29
09/08/2014 18:03
09/08/2014 12:09
09/08/2014 08:46
07/08/2014 08:34
12/07/2014 21:53
21/06/2014 10:03

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Station address:

St Helier Lifeboat Station
Albert Quay
St Helier
Jersey
Channel Islands
JE2 3NE

Station telephone:

01534 724173

Station opening times:

By appointment only

Accessibility:

Disabled parking

Visitor contact:

Jonathan Cornick

Visitor contact telephone:

01534 724173
07797 729704

Shop telephone:

01534 873874

Shop opening times:

1 April–31 December
Monday–Saturday
11am–2pm
    

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.

  • Jersey RNLI assisting demasted yacht

    Jersey RNLI assisting demasted yacht

  • St Catherine's inshore lifeboat assisting a vessel taking on water near the Ecrehous

    Assisting a Vessel taking on Water

  • Newquay stakeholders at Respect the water launch at Fistral

    Newquay stakeholders at Respect the water launch at Fistral

  • RNLI Lifeguard Warren Llewellyn and Tim Stokes launch Respect the Water

    RNLI Lifeguard Warren Llewellyn and Tim Stokes

  • Will Glenn, RNLI lifeguard supervisor in Jersey

    Will Glenn RNLI lifeguard supervisor in Jersey

  • Swanages's current Mersey class lifeboat and the RNLI's new Shannon class lifeboat of which Swanage is to receive in 2015

    Swanage's Mersey class RNLI lifeboat and new Shannon class

  • Weston super Mare and Portishead RNLI lifeguards at launch of Bristol Channel Appeal

    Weston super Mare and Portishead lifeboats

  • The Lizard Tamar lifeboat Rose launching

    The Lizard all weather lifeboat launching

  • Model lifeboat builder Dave Turner handing over his lifeboat to Lifeboat Operations Manager Bill Harris

    Model lifeboat builder Dave Turner handing over to St Helier station

  • Dave Turner from Jersey who builds model lifeboats Jan 2014

    Dave Turner in model lifeboat in his workshop

  • Mick French fundraiser who turns on Christmas lights for RNLI

    Mick French who turns on Xmas lights for RNLI

  • Swimmers at Looe braved the cold waters on New Years Day 2013 to raise funds for RNLI

    Swimmers braving the cold water at Looe on New Years Day

  • Team of RBS cyclists who rode from John O'Groats to Lands End for the RNLI

    RBS Cycle team

  • Cyclists taking part in the John O'Groats to Lands End cycle ride for RNLI and St Johns Ambulance

    RBS International cycle ride John O'Groats to Lands End

  • The casualty yacht under tow by St Helier all-weather lifeboat.

    The yacht under tow by St Helier RNLI

  • Beach safety messages getting through but rescues remain high in the south west as charity reveals s

    Beach safety messages getting through but rescues remain high in the south west as charity reveals s

  • Entente cordiale as St Mary’s RNLI host visit to the Isles of Scilly by French lifeboat

    Entente cordiale as St Mary’s RNLI host visit to the Isles of Scilly by French lifeboat-3

  • Entente cordiale as St Mary’s RNLI host visit to the Isles of Scilly by French lifeboat

    Entente cordiale as St Mary’s RNLI host visit to the Isles of Scilly by French lifeboat-2

  • Entente cordiale as St Mary’s RNLI host visit to the Isles of Scilly by French lifeboat

    Entente cordiale as St Mary’s RNLI host visit to the Isles of Scilly by French lifeboat-1

  • Entente cordiale as St Mary’s RNLI host visit to the Isles of Scilly by French lifeboat

    Entente cordiale as St Mary’s RNLI host visit to the Isles of Scilly by French lifeboat

  • St Catherine’s and St Helier’s lifeboats launch to recover sinking speedboat

    St Catherine’s and St Helier’s lifeboats launch to recover sinking speedboat

  • St Catherine’s and St Helier’s inshore lifeboats join La Rocque’s Blessing of Boats

    St Catherine’s and St Helier’s inshore lifeboats join La Rocque’s Blessing of Boats

  • Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

    Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west-2

  • Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

    Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west-1

  • Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

    Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-5

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-4

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-3

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-1

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-2

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

  • RNLI figures highlight another busy summer for the south west

    RNLI figures highlight another busy summer for the south west

  • RNLI in the south west urge visitors to stay safe at the coast this August bank holiday

    RNLI in the south west urge visitors to stay safe at the coast this August bank holiday

  • Wet weather reflected in south west RNLI figures for 2012

    South West Flood Rescue Team train in Hayle

  • Wet weather reflected in south west RNLI figures for 2012

    South West Flood Rescue Team in training

  • Wet weather reflected in south west RNLI figures for 2012

    South West Flood Rescue Team training

  • Jersey lifeboat crews responded to ground yacht

    Jersey lifeboat crews responded to ground yacht

  • Gold Badge for Jersey RNLI fundraiser

    Gold Badge for Jersey RNLI fundraiser

  • St Helier RNLI crews respond to capsized motor boat

    St Helier RNLI crews respond to capsized motor boat

  • Local firms generosity keep St Helier RNLI lifeboats in tip-top condition

    Local firms generosity keep St Helier RNLI lifeboats in tip-top condition

  • RNLI volunteers in the south west remain on call this Christmas

    RNLI volunteer crew, fundraisers and lifeguards in St Ives

  • St Helier RNLI lifeboat station opened its doors for Jersey Boat Show

    St Helier RNLI lifeboat station opened its doors for Jersey Boat Show-5

  • St Helier RNLI lifeboat station opened its doors for Jersey Boat Show

    St Helier RNLI lifeboat station opened its doors for Jersey Boat Show-4

  • St Helier RNLI lifeboat station opened its doors for Jersey Boat Show

    St Helier RNLI lifeboat station opened its doors for Jersey Boat Show-3

  • St Helier RNLI lifeboat station opened its doors for Jersey Boat Show

    St Helier RNLI lifeboat station opened its doors for Jersey Boat Show-1

  • St Helier RNLI lifeboat station opened its doors for Jersey Boat Show

    St Helier RNLI lifeboat station opened its doors for Jersey Boat Show-2

  • St Helier RNLI lifeboat station opened its doors for Jersey Boat Show

    St Helier RNLI lifeboat station opened its doors for Jersey Boat Show

  • Jersey welcomes back its RNLI lifeguards

    Jersey welcomes back its RNLI lifeguards

  • St Helier RNLI lifeboat crew run Jersey half marathon

    St Helier RNLI lifeboat crew run Jersey half marathon

  • Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

    Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets-3

  • Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

    Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets-2

  • Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

    Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets-1

  • Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

    Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

  • Islanders continue to fundraise for St Helier RNLI

    Islanders continue to fundraise for St Helier RNLI

  • New model lifeboats for St Helier RNLI

    New model lifeboats for St Helier RNLI

  • St Helier RNLI lifeboat rescue French yacht from wind and tide

    St Helier RNLI lifeboat rescue French yacht from wind and tide

  • Ordinary people doing an extraordinary job

    Mike Jackson - Deputy Launch Authority

  • Ordinary people doing an extraordinary job

    James Gale - Deputy Launch Authority

  • Ordinary people doing an extraordinary job

    Dr Dave Howell - medical adviser

  • Ordinary people doing an extraordinary job

    Adam Fabian, all-weather lifeboat mechanic and crew

  • Ordinary people doing an extraordinary job

    Andrew Letto - crew member

  • Summer weather brings unseasonable challenges for south west RNLI

    Library shot of an RNLI Atlantic lifeboat

  • A busy weekend for St Helier and St Catherine’s RNLI lifeboat stations

    RNLI Chief Exec Paul Boissier (middle) presents the awards

  • A busy weekend for St Helier and St Catherine’s RNLI lifeboat stations

    St Catherines RNLI assists capsized boat

  • Busy day for St Helier RNLI

    St Helier RNLI assist demasted yacht

  • RNLI St Helier all-weather lifeboat launched in response to Mayday call

    St Helier all-weather lifeboat on scene

  • Motor boat rescued from rocky Grève d’Azette

    St Helier RNLI lifeboat crew secure the vessel

  • Author and photographer team visit Jersey dedicating their talents to the RNLI

    Inshore RNLI lifeboat captured by Nigel Millard

  • Author and photographer team visit Jersey dedicating their talents to the RNLI

    All-weather lifeboat captured by Nigel Millard

Image of lifeboat
 

Lifeboat name: David Page

Lifeboat class: B class (Atlantic 85)

Funded by: The generous bequest of Mr David Page of Oxford

Read more about the B class

Image of lifeboat

 

Lifeboat name: George Sullivan

Lifeboat class: Tamar

Read more about the Tamar

1825
Gold Medals were awarded to Francis De St Croix, Jean De St Croix, Philip De St Croix and a Silver Medal to Philip Nicholle for rescuing 13 people from the ship Fanny on 9 January 1825. Five people drowned.

1830
The first lifeboat, funded by the States of Jersey, was kept in a boathouse near the shore at Havre des Pas.

1872
Silver Medals were awarded to Charles Blampied, John Bouchard and Elias Whitley for rescuing 18 crew from the ship Isabella Northcote.

1884
The RNLI established a lifeboat station after the one on Alderney closed.

1896
A new boathouse was built in London Bay.

1937
The station’s first motor lifeboat was placed on service.

1940
During the German occupation of Jersey in 1940–1945 the station was not under the RNLI’s control; it was reported that the lifeboat, with a crew of German guards, had rescued 35 people.

1948
A new lifeboat, the first to have a deck cabin, was sent to the station and placed on moorings in the harbour. A German-built bunker on Albert Pier was taken over and converted for the crew.

1949
A Gold Medal was awarded to Coxswain Thomas King and Bronze Medals to Crew Members Philip Boutell, Kenneth Gubbey, David Robert Talbot, Charles George King, Reginald John Nicholle, George Stapley and Honorary Secretary Lionel Percival Stevens for a service to the yacht Maurice Georges. The lifeboat had searched unsuccessfully for eight hours for a military aircraft that had come down. On the way back to her station a wireless message was received that the yacht was amongst the rocks of the Demie De Pas. A successful search located the yacht, which was then towed, with the four crew, back to the station after nine hours at sea.

1950
A Bronze Medal was awarded to Acting Coxswain Silver Le Riche for rescuing three crew from the ketch Hannah in November 1949.

1951
A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain Edward Larbalestier for saving the yacht Santa Maria and her three crew.

1953
The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Coxswain Edward Larbalestier for rescuing the 11 crew from the motor vessel Brockley Combe.

1967
The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to acting Coxswain Eric Grandin for rescuing four men from the yacht Kraken aground on Dogs Nest Reef.

1973
A Silver Medal and the Maud Smith Bequest, for the bravest act of lifesaving carried out in 1973, were awarded to Coxswain Michael Berry for rescuing six people from the yacht Bacchus. The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to the remainder of the lifeboat crew.

1975
HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, named the new lifeboat Thomas James King after the former coxswain and gold medallist (1949).

1983
A Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain Michael Berry for rescuing the crew of two from the yacht Festina-Lente shortly before she was wrecked on 14 December 1982.

A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain Michael Edward Berry for rescuing the three crew from the yacht Cythara. The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum were accorded to the remainder of the crew.

A Centenary Vellum was presented to the station.

1989
The Tyne class lifeboat, ON-1157 Alexander Coutanche, was placed on service.

1993
A new shore facility was built on Albert Pier providing improved crew facilities.

1995
The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Coxswain Robert Vezier for rescuing 55 of the 307 people onboard the passenger catamaran Saint Malo, which had struck a submerged object and was sinking in rough seas off the Corbiere lighthouse on 17 April.

2005
An inshore lifeboat (ILB) was co-located with the Tyne class lifeboat. The B class Atlantic 75 lifeboat, Eve Pank, was placed on service.

2007
The new class of lifeboat, Atlantic 85 B-816 David Page was placed on service on Wednesday 10 January.  This lifeboat was provided by the generous bequest of Mr David Page of Oxford.  B-756 has been withdrawn to ILC Cowes.

2008
At a meeting held on 5 November the Trustees resolved that St Helier is to be allocated a Tamar class lifeboat in 2009.

2009
The new station Tamar class lifeboat ON1292 George Sullivan was placed on service on 14 June.  The Tyne class lifeboat ON1157 Alexander Coutanche has been withdrawn to the relief fleet.

Station honours

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

Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum

Bronze Medal 9

Silver Medal 7

Gold Medal 4