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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Two off duty RNLI lifeguards jumped into action last night (Sunday 19 April) to rescue two teenagers caught in large surf off St Ouen’s Bay.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is issuing its own call for help, appealing for volunteers and fundraisers to get involved with ‘Mayday’, the charity’s forthcoming national fundraising event which will take place from 1–4 May this year.
Figures announced by the RNLI today (Wednesday 28 January) reveal that 2014 was another busy year for the volunteer crews across the south west*.
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St Helier Lifeboat StationAlbert QuaySt HelierJerseyChannel IslandsJE2 3NE
Station opening times:
By appointment only
Visitor contact telephone:
01534 72417307797 729704
Shop opening times:
1 April–31 DecemberMonday–Saturday11am–2pm
Specific crew member details for this lifeboat station are not available here at the moment.
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Lifeboat name: David Page
Lifeboat class: B class (Atlantic 85)
Funded by: The generous bequest of Mr David Page of Oxford
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Lifeboat name: George Sullivan
Lifeboat class: Tamar
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1825Gold 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.
1830The first lifeboat, funded by the States of Jersey, was kept in a boathouse near the shore at Havre des Pas.
1872Silver Medals were awarded to Charles Blampied, John Bouchard and Elias Whitley for rescuing 18 crew from the ship Isabella Northcote.
1884The RNLI established a lifeboat station after the one on Alderney closed.
1896A new boathouse was built in London Bay.
1937The station’s first motor lifeboat was placed on service.
1940During 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.
1948A 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.
1949A 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.
1950A Bronze Medal was awarded to Acting Coxswain Silver Le Riche for rescuing three crew from the ketch Hannah in November 1949.
1951A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain Edward Larbalestier for saving the yacht Santa Maria and her three crew.
1953The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Coxswain Edward Larbalestier for rescuing the 11 crew from the motor vessel Brockley Combe.
1967The 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.
1973A 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.
1975HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, named the new lifeboat Thomas James King after the former coxswain and gold medallist (1949).
1983A 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.
1989The Tyne class lifeboat, ON-1157 Alexander Coutanche, was placed on service.
1993A new shore facility was built on Albert Pier providing improved crew facilities.
1995The 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.
2005An inshore lifeboat (ILB) was co-located with the Tyne class lifeboat. The B class Atlantic 75 lifeboat, Eve Pank, was placed on service.
2007The 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.
2008At a meeting held on 5 November the Trustees resolved that St Helier is to be allocated a Tamar class lifeboat in 2009.
2009The 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.
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
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