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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.

 

 

 

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17/08/2016 15:30
08/08/2016 19:58
06/08/2016 18:58
02/08/2016 16:51
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30/07/2016 19:03
29/07/2016 10:06
17/07/2016 15:49
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11/07/2016 15:13

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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.

  • Caitlyn Sefton with St Ives RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew member Paul Le Bas.

    Caitlyn Sefton with St Ives volunteer crew member Paul Le Bas.

  • Caitlyn sold gems on the doorstep of her holiday home for St Ives RNLI.

    Caitlyn sold gems on the doorstep of her holiday home for St Ives RNLI.

  • Young fundraiser Caitlyn Sefton with St Ives RNLI volunteer crew member Paul Le Bas.

    Young fundraiser Caitlyn Sefton with St Ives RNLI volunteer crew member Paul Le Bas.

  • St Ives National Coastwatch Institution spotted the speedboat in trouble and called the coastguard.

    St Ives National Coastwatch Institution spotted the speedboat in trouble and called the coastguard.

  • A local fishing boat SS Keira went to the aid of a speedboat with engine failure.

    A local fishing boat SS Keira went to the aid of a speedboat with engine failure.

  • St Ives inshore lifeboat launches to a speedboat in difficulty.

    St Ives inshore lifeboat launches to a speedboat in difficulty.

  • Hannes Hiebl, the skipper rescued by St Ives volunteer lifeboat crew and St Ives RNLI Coxswain Robert Cocking.

    Hannes Hiebl and St Ives RNLI Coxswain Robert Cocking

  • The crew of St Ives RNLI prepare to launch.

    The crew of St Ives RNLI prepare to launch.

  • Volunteers at St Ives RNLI launch in challenging conditions overnight

    Volunteers at St Ives RNLI launch in challenging conditions overnight

  • Volunteers at St Ives RNLI launch during the night in tough conditions.

    Volunteers at St Ives RNLI launch during the night.

  • St Ives RNLI lifeboat crew returning from a late night shout.

    St Ives RNLI lifeboat crew returning from a late night shout.

  • Padstow RNLI crew return from a shout in the early hours.

    Padstow RNLI crew return from a shout in the early hours.

  • Yacht under tow from St Ives RNLI lifeboat.

    Yacht under tow from St Ives RNLI lifeboat.

  • St Ives RNLI lifeboat goes to the aid of a yacht.

    St Ives RNLI lifeboat goes to the aid of a yacht.

  • Speedboat being towed behind Nora Stachura

    Speedboat being towed behind Nora Stachura

  • Speedboat safely returned to St Ives harbour

    Speedboat safely returned to St Ives harbour

  • St Ives RNLI volunteers demonstrate the emergency stop. Credit Tim Stevens

    St Ives RNLI volunteers demonstrate the emergency stop.

  • The volunteer crew at St Ives RNLI at the naming ceremony.

    The volunteer crew at St Ives RNLI at the naming ceremony.

  • St Ives RNLI Naming Ceremony

    St Ives RNLI Naming Ceremony

  • Crowds watch as the St Ives RNLI Lifeboat is launched after the naming ceremony.

    Crowds watch as the St Ives RNLI Lifeboat is launched after the naming ceremony

  • St Ives RNLI volunteer crew prepare to take the lifeboat out on a demonstration.

    St Ives RNLI volunteer crew prepare to take the lifeboat out on a demonstration.

  • St Ives RNLI naming ceremony.

    St Ives RNLI naming ceremony.

  • St Ives RNLI volunteers demonstrate the emergency stop.

    St Ives RNLI volunteers demonstrate the emergency stop.

  • Hundreds of spectators watch the St Ives RNLI lifeboat launch.

    Hundreds of spectators watch the St Ives RNLI lifeboat launch.

  • The volunteer crew at St Ives RNLI at the naming ceremony.

    The volunteer crew at St Ives RNLI at the naming ceremony.

  • St Ives RNLI volunteer crew prepare to take the lifeboat out on a demonstration

    St Ives RNLI volunteer crew prepare to take the lifeboat out on a demonstration.

  • St Ives RNLI lifeboats launch after the naming ceremony.

    St Ives RNLI lifeboats launch after the naming ceremony.

  • St Ives RNLI volunteers demonstrate the emergency stop in Nora Stachura.

    St Ives RNLI volunteers demonstrate the emergency stop in Nora Stachura.

  • The volunteer crew of St Ives RNLI at their lifeboat naming ceremony.

    The volunteer crew of St Ives RNLI at their lifeboat naming ceremony.

  • Crowds watch the launch of St Ives RNLI lifeboat after the naming ceremony.

    Crowds watch the launch of St Ives RNLI lifeboat.

  • RNLI Volunteers on scene with rock casualties

    RNLI Volunteers on scene with rock casualties

  • Little Riley in his knitted yellow wellies at 1day19hours old

    Little Riley in his knitted yellow wellies at 1day19hours old

  • Mud rescue casualty vessel arrives safely back at Portishead Marina

    Mud rescue casualty vessel arrives safely back at Portishead Marina

  • St Ives lifeboat Nora Stachura returning from her third shout this week.

    St Ives lifeboat Nora Stachura returning from her third shout this week.

  • St Ives Shannon class lifeboat.

    St Ives Shannon class lifeboat.

  • Pat Smith will take on the Cornish coast path in aid of the RNLI.

    Pat Smith will take on the Cornish coast path in aid of the RNLI

  • Action Nan, Pat Smith, at Fowey RNLI ahead of her coast path challenge.

    Action Nan Pat Smith

  • St Ives RNLI two lifeboats return from the shout

    St Ives RNLI two lifeboats return from the shout

  • St Ives lifeboats on the shout

    St Ives lifeboats on the shout

  • RNLI praises volunteers in the south west as 2015 rescue stats are revealed.

    Tamar class lifeboat.

  • RNLI volunteers remain on call this festive season.

    RNLI volunteers remain on call this festive season.

  • St Ives inshore lifeboat was launched to a wind surfer in difficulty.

    St Ives inshore lifeboat was launched to a wind surfer in difficulty.

  • The launch and recovery system in action

    The launch and recovery system in action

  • The new Shannon lifeboat is recovered from the water

    The new Shannon lifeboat is recovered from the water

  • The new Shannon lifeboat arrives in St Ives Harbour.

    The new Shannon lifeboat arrives in St Ives Harbour.

  • Crowds watch as the new Shannon arrives in St Ives

    Crowds watch as the new Shannon arrives in St Ives

  • St Ives new Shannon class lifeboat

    St Ives new Shannon class lifeboat

  • Shannon Launch and Recovery Vehicle arrives in St Ives boathouse.

    Shannon Launch and Recovery Vehicle arrives in St Ives boathouse

  • Shannon Launch and Recovery Vehicle arrives in St Ives

    Shannon Launch and Recovery Vehicle arrives in St Ives

  • St Ives crew Nick Philips with the 'Object'

    St Ives crew Nick Philips with the 'Object'

  • St Ives ALB and 'Mrs Three Jays and the little Jays' in Newquay Harbour

    St Ives ALB and 'Mrs Three Jays and the little Jays' in Newquay Harbour

  • The new St Ives Shannon class lifeboat will undergo sea trials.

    The St Ives Shannon class lifeboat

  • The new launch and recovery vehicle in Hayle where St Ives RNLI crew members will train.

    The new launch and recovery vehicle in Hayle

  • Stormy Stan at St Ives Lifeboat day 2015.

    St Ives Lifeboat Day 2015

  • A demonstration at St Ives Lifeboat Day 2015.

    St Ives Lifeboat Day 2015

  • A demonstration at St Ives Lifeboat Day 2015.

    St Ives Lifeboat Day 2015

  • Stormy Stan at St Ives Lifeboat Day.

    St Ives Lifeboat Day 2015

  • A crew member of St Ives RNLI is winched into the RNAS search and rescue helicopter.

    St Ives Lifeboat Day 2015

  • Crews take part in a training demonstration at St Ives Lifeboat Day.

    St Ives Lifeboat Day 2015

  • RNLI St Ives lifeboat crew takes part in a display with the Royal Navy search and rescue helicopter.

    St Ives Lifeboat Day 2015

  • St Ives Lifeboat Princess Royal

    St Ives Lifeboat Princess Royal

  • St Ives Lifeboat Mechanic and Second Coxswain Robert Cocking, Charlotte and Michael, and Inshore Lifeboat crew Barney Stevens

    Back to safety

  • Some of the riders setting off for the event

    Some of the riders setting off for the event

  • Fundraisers working hard selling their homemade cakes

    Fundraisers working hard selling their homemade cakes

  • Some of the riders who took part in this year’s St Ives Sportive.

    Some of the riders who took part in this year’s St Ives Sportive.

  • RNLI lifeboat crew recovering after shout to Ibis

    RNLI lifeboat crew recovering after shout to Ibis

  • Cyclists climb out of Sennen Cove in last year's sportive

    Cyclists climb out of Sennen Cove in last year's sportive

  • St Michael's Mount

    St Michael's Mount

  • St Ives lifeboat volunteers George, Rob and Murray

    St Ives lifeboat volunteers George, Rob and Murray

  • RNLI yellow wellies for Mayday

    RNLI yellow wellies for Mayday

  • Joe Holtaway and his Mum Jill Ryan at Penlee RNLI

    Joe Holtaway and his Mum Jill Ryan at Penlee RNLI

  • Joe Holtaway in front of Penlee RNLI lifeboat for Mayday

    Joe Holtaway in front of Penlee RNLI lifeboat for Mayday

  • Portacabins at St Ives as they prepare for adaptions to station for new Shannon

    Portacabins at St Ives as they prepare for adaptions to station for new Shannon

  • St Ives Lifeboat Crew Nick Philips

    St Ives Lifeboat Crew Nick Philips

  • St Ives Inshore Lifeboat April 2015

    St Ives Inshore Lifeboat April 2015

  • St Ives Inshore Lifeboat

    St Ives Inshore Lifeboat

  • St Agnes RNLI D-class lifeboat

    St Agnes RNLI D-class lifeboat

  • Penlee lifeboat in the snow

    Penlee lifeboat in the snow

  • Swimmers take part in New Year's Day dip at Looe

    Swimmers take part in New Year's Day dip at Looe

  • 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

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