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St Ives Lifeboat Station

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St Ives Lifeboat Station has had a remarkable history of bravery with over 55 awards for gallantry being presented. Over its 165-year history it has also seen tragedy with seven lifeboat crew losing their lives saving others 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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08/12/2014 18:31
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14/11/2014 10:46
08/11/2014 11:15
29/09/2014 17:35
16/09/2014 22:07

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  • RNLI Skydive

    Skydive for the RNLI - Cornwall

    01/01/2014

    We are looking for daredevils from across the UK to carry out a tandem skydive in support of the charity that saves lives at sea. You can choose from 19 locations across the country jumping on any date of the year.

Forecasts for St Ives Lifeboat Station

Station address:

St Ives Lifeboat Station
Lifeboat House
Wharf Road
St Ives
Cornwall
TR26 1LF

Station telephone:

01736 796422

Station opening times:

Normally open summer months – weekdays only

Accessibility:

Disabled access

Visitor contact:

Sarah Hall

Visitor contact telephone:

07812 040062

Shop telephone:

01736 798804

Shop opening times:

1822 February
Monday–Saturday
11am–4pm

March
Tuesday, Thursday. Saturday
11am–4pm

April
Monday–Saturday
11am–4pm

9 July7 September
Monday–Saturday
11am–4pm

79pm

8 September2 November
Monday–Saturday
11am–4pm

5 November12 December
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
11am–1.30pm

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.

  • First Call For Nick Philipps

    First Call For Nick Philips

  • 8th November Rescue

    8th November Rescue

  • Naming Sennen Boat

    Naming Sennen Boat

  • Paul Whiston Coxswain St Ives RNLI retires Oct 2014

    Paul Whiston Coxswain St Ives RNLI retires Oct 2014

  • The volunteer crew and fundraisers of St Ives RNLI

    The volunteer crew and fundraisers of St Ives RNLI

  • St Ives Lifeboat Volunteer Press Officer

    Alban Roinard

  • to a yacht caught on fishing gear

    St Ives Lifeboat first shout of the day

  • Leaving St ives

    St Ives Lifeboat launching to the yacht stranded with engine failure

  • St Ives Lifeboat Volunteer Press Officer

    Alban Roinard

  • St Ives lifeboat crew David Holland-Kemp, who handily can speak Dutch !

    St Ives Lifeboat Dutch speaking crew recover a yacht off the Carracks

  • Arriving back in St Ives harbour

    St Ives Lifeboat Dutch speaking crew recover a yacht off the Carracks

  • Rescuing The Balta after she became caught in Crab Pot lines

    St Ives Lifeboat Dutch speaking crew recover a yacht off the Carracks

  • The crew of the St Ives lifeboat aboard the Balta

    St Ives Lifeboat Dutch speaking crew recover a yacht off the Carracks

  • St Ives Lifeboat Volunteer Press Officer

    Alban Roinard

  • St Erth Brownies Conga through the Wharfside Shopping Centre

    The 100 years old Brownies do the Conga line for RNLI St Ives!

  • At The St Ives Lifeboat Station

    The 100 years old Brownies do the Conga line for RNLI St Ives!

  • St Erth Brownies visit St Ives Lifeboat Station after their fund raising Conga

    The 100 years old Brownies do the Conga line for RNLI St Ives!

  • 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

  • St Ives lifeboat launched during a thunder storm to following reports of a drifting boat

    St Ives ILB being recovered during the thunder storm

  • St Ives lifeboat launched during a thunder storm to following reports of a drifting boat

    St Ives lifeboats launching during the storm

  • St Ives Lifeboat Operations Manager Derek Hall

    Derek Hall

  • Matts only passenger during his 4,500 mile round trip raising funds for the RNLI

    Matt Hawkes passenger

  • Matt Hawkes, centre, with St Ives Lifeboat Operations Manager Derek Hall, right, and St Ives Lifeboat Coxswain Paul Whiston

    Matt Hawkes about to set off from St Ives lifeboat station

  • Friendly Pre-match warm up with the new RNLI team kit, that was kindly sponsored by several local businesses.

    Friendly Pre-match warm up!

  • The St Ives and Sennen lifeboats assist the 22ft yacht Newlyn Maid which had become disabled and had a sick casualty on board

    St IVes and Sennen Lifeboats assist Newlyn Maid

  • The volunteer crew of the St Ives RNLI inshore lifeboat return to St Ives after picking the woman from the water off Black Cliffs

    St Ives Inshore lifeboat crew return from rescuing woman from Black Cliffs

  • and this wasn't the end as the total reached 215 cars - and 2 seagulls, two dogs and 2 pushchairs

    St IVes Lifeboat Station SOS DAy Car Wash

  • As well as the car wash, there was tea, coffee, cakes and other stalls put on by the Lifeboat Guild and other volunteers

    St Ives RNLI SOS day car wash stalls

  • A busy day washing cars for local people, visitors and local businesses

    St Ives lifeboat station SOS Day

  • A fantastic fundraising day cleaning cars & bikes large & small

    St Ives lifeboat station SOS day car wash

  • 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

  • Start of the 2013 Castle to Castle swim

    Start of the 2013 Castle to Castle Swim

  • St Ives volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew recovering Mersey class lifeboat on exercise

    St Ives Mersey class lifeboat

  • 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

  • Trials of the launch and recovery vehicle for the new Shannon class lifeboat in Hayle

    Shannon launch and recovery vehicle trials in Hayle

  • Returning home after the early morning shout to yacht Blue Mango

    St Ives lifeboat crew returning home

  • The volunteer crew returning to St Ives after the early morning launch to the yacht Blue Mango taking on water.

    The St Ives lifeboat returning from Blue Mango

  • The St Ives lifeboat crew on scene with yacht  Blue Mango

    St Ives lifeboat with Blue Mango

  • After rescuing 2 casualties and the Dory from the shoreline at Porthkidney, the St Ives inshore lifeboat waits by the St Ives all weather lifeboat after transferring the casualties about the ALB

    The St Ives lifeboats

  • Plymouth RNLI assist dismasted yacht August 2013

    Plymouth RNLI assist dismasted yacht

  • Screen grab from footage of RNLI rescuing three exhausted swimmers at Mawgan Porth August 2013

    RNLI lifeguards rescue three exhausted swimmers at Mawgan Porth

  • Cornish Pirates players Peter Joyce and Tom Channon lift RNLI lifeguard Charlotte Hewitt aloft as the two sides launch a charity partnership.

    Cornish Pirates lift RNLI lifeguard aloft

  • The joint Cornish Pirates and RNLI scrum marks the start of a charity partnership.

    The Cornish Pirates and RNLI scrum

  • Players from the Cornish Pirates rugby team join with RNLI lifeboat crew volunteers and lifeguards at Gwithian Beach to launch a charity partnership.

    The Cornish Pirates and the RNLI working together

  • in very sunny weather !

    Recovering the St Ives RNLI lifeboat after towing a fishing boat to Newquay

  • after the vessel became entangled in fishing gear

    St Ives RNLI lifeboat towing fishing vessel Galvadora to Newquay

  • The Shannon all-weather class lifeboat with its specially designed launch and recovery vehicle during trials at Hayle.

    Shannon and launch and recovery vehicle at Hayle

  • The St Ives RNLI lifeboat heading out to rescue local fishing vessel Silvery Sea after the fishing boat suffering steering gear failure 5 miles north of The Stones (north of Godrevy)

    St Ives RNLI lifeboat heading out

  • Mooring the Silvery Sea alongside Smeaton's Pier in St Ives Harbour, after towing her back following steering gear failure

    The St Ives RNLI lifeboat with the Silver Sea back in St Ives Harbour

  • St Ives RNLI lifeboat crew recover liferaft two miles off Godrevy lighthouse

    St Ives RNLI lifeboat crew with recovered life raft

  • St Ives RNLI lifeboat crew cleaning out the boathouse before the Royal visit

    St Ives crew cleaning out the boathouse before the Royal visit

  • A shot of the launch and recovery system that will be used for the Shannon class all-weather lifeboat pictured during trials at Hayle in Cornwall.

    Shannon launch and recovery vehicle in St Ives

  • Gentleman returns to thank the RNLI lifeguards who saved his life

    Gentleman returns to thank the RNLI lifeguards who saved his life-1

  • Gentleman returns to thank the RNLI lifeguards who saved his life

    Gentleman returns to thank the RNLI lifeguards who saved his life

  • St Ives Inshore Lifeboat called to Kayaker in Difficulty

    St Ives Inshore Lifeboat called to Kayaker in Difficulty

  • St Ives Lifeboat Launched to rescue 40ft Yacht

    St Ives Lifeboat Launched to rescue 40ft Yacht-2

  • St Ives Lifeboat Launched to rescue 40ft Yacht

    St Ives Lifeboat Launched to rescue 40ft Yacht-1

  • St Ives Lifeboat Launched to rescue 40ft Yacht

    St Ives Lifeboat Launched to rescue 40ft Yacht

  • RNLI flags will lower in the south west as memorial to lost lifesavers is unveiled

    RNLI flags will lower in the south west as memorial to lost lifesavers is unveiled

  • Penlee crew volunteers stand silent at former boathouse as RNLI memorial is unveiled

    Penlee crew volunteers stand silent at former boathouse as RNLI memorial is unveiled-1

  • Penlee crew volunteers stand silent at former boathouse as RNLI memorial is unveiled

    Penlee crew volunteers stand silent at former boathouse as RNLI memorial is unveiled

  • Busy on the beaches with the arrival of sun and surf to the south west

    Busy on the beaches with the arrival of sun and surf to the south west

  • RNLI lifeguards and lifeboat crews in the SW support new fundraising appeal with One Big Rescue

    RNLI lifeguards and lifeboat crews in the SW support new fundraising appeal with One Big Rescue

  • St Ives RNLI lifeboats and RNLI lifeguards search for missing swimmer

    St Ives RNLI lifeboats and RNLI lifeguards search for missing swimmer-2

  • St Ives RNLI lifeboats and RNLI lifeguards search for missing swimmer

    St Ives RNLI lifeboats and RNLI lifeguards search for missing swimmer-1

  • St Ives RNLI lifeboats and RNLI lifeguards search for missing swimmer

    St Ives RNLI lifeboats and RNLI lifeguards search for missing swimmer

  • RNLI lifeguards and lifeboat volunteers launched to kayakers in difficulty off Godrevy

    RNLI lifeguards and lifeboat volunteers launched to kayakers in difficulty off Godrevy

  • St Ives lifeboat launches to assist fishing boat

    St Ives lifeboat launches to assist fishing boat

  • HRH The Duke of Kent to visit six RNLI lifeboat stations on two-day tour

    HRH The Duke of Kent to visit six RNLI lifeboat stations on two-day tour

  • 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

  • Wives & girlfriends of some of the St Ives RNLI lifeboat crew take a break from car washing, helping to raise an amazing £2,560

    St Ives RNLI lifeboat station SOS day, a real family affair

  • Crew, shorecrew, wives and girlfriends washing cars

    St Ives RNLI lifeboat station SOS day

  • Wives & girlfriends of some of the St Ives RNLI lifeboat crew take a break from car washing, helping to raise an amazing £2,560

    St Ives RNLI lifeboat station SOS day, a real family affair

  • Station Mechanic Ropert Cocking gets the worst of the dirt off a classic Scimitar before the crew wash it down

    St Ives RNLI lifeboat station SOS day

  • 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

  • St Ives RNLI rescue to feature on Sea Patrol programme on Channel 5

    St Ives RNLI rescue to feature on Sea Patrol programme on Channel 5

  • RNLI figures highlight another busy summer for the south west

    RNLI figures highlight another busy summer for the south west

  • Penlee RNLI supporter Timothy Spall focuses on wills while Falmouth solicitor twitters for the chari

    Penlee RNLI supporter Timothy Spall focuses on wills while Falmouth solicitor twitters for the chari-3

  • Penlee RNLI supporter Timothy Spall focuses on wills while Falmouth solicitor twitters for the chari

    Penlee RNLI supporter Timothy Spall focuses on wills while Falmouth solicitor twitters for the chari-2

  • Penlee RNLI supporter Timothy Spall focuses on wills while Falmouth solicitor twitters for the chari

    Penlee RNLI supporter Timothy Spall focuses on wills while Falmouth solicitor twitters for the chari

  • Penlee RNLI supporter Timothy Spall focuses on wills while Falmouth solicitor twitters for the chari

    Penlee RNLI supporter Timothy Spall focuses on wills while Falmouth solicitor twitters for the chari-1

  • St Ives RNLI lifeboat launches to help young people in an inflatable

    St Ives RNLI lifeboat launches to help young people in an inflatable

  • St Ives RNLI inshore lifeboat launches to assist speedboat

    St Ives RNLI inshore lifeboat launches to assist speedboat

  • 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

  • RNLI pay tribute to former St Mary’s Coxswain Matt Lethbridge who has died aged 86

    RNLI pay tribute to former St Mary’s Coxswain Matt Lethbridge who has died aged 86-4

  • RNLI pay tribute to former St Mary’s Coxswain Matt Lethbridge who has died aged 86

    RNLI pay tribute to former St Mary’s Coxswain Matt Lethbridge who has died aged 86-3

  • RNLI pay tribute to former St Mary’s Coxswain Matt Lethbridge who has died aged 86

    RNLI pay tribute to former St Mary’s Coxswain Matt Lethbridge who has died aged 86-2

Image of lifeboat
 

Lifeboat name: The Princess Royal

Lifeboat class: Mersey

Funded by: Civil Service No.41 The Civil Service, Post Office and British Telecommunications (cistopel) Lifeboat Fund

Read more about the Mersey


Image of lifeboat



Lifeboat name:
Colin Bramley Parker

Lifeboat class: D class

Funded by: Miss Diane Saxon

Read more about the D class

1839
Silver Medals were awarded to five pilots for rescuing five men from the schooner Rivals that ran aground on 24 December 1838.

1840
The first lifeboat, Hope, was operated by a local committee.

1861
The RNLI took over the station and a boathouse was built in Island Road.

1865
A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain Nicholas Levett for rescuing four crew from the wrecked brigantine Providence. The lifeboat capsized twice during this service.

1867
A new boathouse was built on Market Strand.

1871–1921
Seven Silver Medals and one Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum were awarded for gallantry for rescues off the coast.

1911
The 1867 boathouse was rebuilt on the quay.

1938
The station’s first motor lifeboat was placed on service.

1938
On 31 January as the lifeboat had rescued the 23 crew from the vessel Alba a large sea capsized the lifeboat. Five of the Alba crew drowned. Coxswain Thomas Cocking was awarded the Silver Medal and the eight crew Bronze Medals. This was the first time a motor lifeboat had capsized.

1939
On 23 January the lifeboat launched in a violent gale to the aid of an unknown vessel. The lifeboat capsized north of Clodgy Point and when she righted four men were missing. As the boat drifted she capsized again and another man was lost. She capsized a third time and only Crew Member William Freeman managed to get ashore near Godrevy. Bronze Medals were awarded to Crew Member William Freeman and posthumously to Coxswain Thomas Cocking, Matthew Barber, William Barber, Richard Stevens, John Cocking, John Thomas, and Edgar Bassett.

Within 12 months two lifeboats and 12 lives had been lost – an event unparalleled in the history of the RNLI.

1946
A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain William Peters for rescuing two people from the sinking ketch Minnie Flossie.

1946
A Centenary Vellum was awarded to the station.

1958
A Silver Medal and the Maud Smith award for the bravest act of lifesaving in 1958 were awarded to Mechanic Michael Peters and Bronze Medals to Coxswain Dan Roach and Signalman Dan Paynter Jnr for rescuing four people trapped in a cave. Michael Peters jumped overboard, brought one person aboard and then swam into the cave with a line attached to bring everyone to safety.

1964
An inshore lifeboat (ILB) station was permanently established alongside the all weather lifeboat. A D class was placed on service.

1968
A collective Framed Letter of Thanks was awarded to the Helmsman and crew for saving three people from two speedboats. During the service the ILB capsized, fortunately without the loss of life.

1972–1978
Over a period of six years one Framed Letter of Thanks (1972), two Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum (1975 and 1977) and one Silver Medal (1978) were awarded to Coxswain Thomas Cocking for four rescues. Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum were awarded to the six other crew members for the 1978 rescue.

1979
A special framed certificate was awarded to the Coxswain and crew for their service to several yachts in difficulties during the Fastnet Race on 14 August.

1980
Framed Letters of Thanks were awarded to Tractor Driver J Tanner and Head Launcher J Benney when they successfully launched the lifeboat in very difficult conditions with a fault in one of the tracks on the tractor.

1981
A Framed Letter of Thanks was awarded to Helmsman P Allen when he swam from the ILB to help a helicopter winchman put a very badly injured man, who had fallen from cliffs, into a stretcher. Director’s Letters of Appreciation were sent to Crew Members I Lowe and I Tanner and the Commanding Officer of the Royal Naval Air Station at Culdrose.

1982
Two Bronze Medals were awarded to Helmsman Eric Thomas Ward for two rescues – one to a capsized sailing dinghy (April) and the other to a yacht aground (July). Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum were awarded to Crew Members William Thomas and Philip Allen (April) and Thomas Cocking Jnr and John Stevens (July).

1984
A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain Thomas Cocking Snr for rescuing 14 people from the German tug Fairplay X and the Dutch coaster Orca in a strong gale and very rough seas. The Maud Smith Award for the most outstanding act of lifesaving during 1984 was awarded to Coxswain Thomas Cocking Snr for the Orca service.

1989
A collective Framed Letter of Thanks was sent to the Coxswain and crew after the lifeboat stood by the cargo vessel Secil Japan which had grounded on rocks in Deadman’s Cove in storm force winds and very rough seas.

1994
A new boathouse and slipway were built for the station's Mersey class lifeboat, launching tractor, and ILB, providing a workshop, souvenir sales outlet and crew facilities.

1996
A 150th Anniversary Vellum was awarded to the station.

1997
The new D class lifeboat, D-515 Spirit of the RTC, was placed on service.

2007
The new D class lifeboat Colin Bramley Parker was placed on service.

Station honours

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

Framed Letter of Thanks 6

Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum 13

Bronze Medal 20

Silver Medal 18