Over the last 148 years lifeboats have been stationed at both Staithes and Runswick and the crews have been presented with nine awards for gallantry. Today’s inshore lifeboat is located in the small fishing village of Staithes.
Our station history book, Stronger than the Storm by Grant McKee, gives a fascinating insight into the lifeboating history of both Staithes and Runswick villages from 1866 to the current day. Buy the book at RNLI Shop.
Volunteer crews from Staithes and Runswick RNLI were called into action twice in 24 hours this week.
Staithes and Runswick RNLI lifeboat volunteers launched on Tuesday morning after reports of a small rowing boat in difficulty at sea.
Coastal fatality figures* released today (9 July) by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) show 31 people lost their lives around the north England coasts last year – but 61% didn’t even set out to enter the water.
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Staithes and Runswick Lifeboat StationCowbarStaithesNorth YorkshireTS13 5BY
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Lifeboat name: Pride of Leicester
Lifeboat class: B class (Atlantic 75)
Funded by: Leicester branch
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Runswick lifeboat station
Staithes lifeboat station
Staithes and Runswick lifeboat station
1978 to date
1866 A lifeboat station was established at Runswick.
1875 Staithes lifeboat station was established and a boathouse was built at Cowbar.
1888 During a rescue to a fishing coble Staithes lifeboat Crew Member John Crookes was thrown onto some rocks and killed when the lifeboat capsized. Fourteen other men were able to get to shore safely.
1891 A new boathouse was built at Runswick.
1893 A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain George Tose for long and gallant service to the Runswick lifeboat.
1910 A new boathouse and slipway were built at Runswick.
1922 The station at Staithes closed temporarily as there was a shortage of crew.
1924 Bronze Medals were awarded to Runswick’s Coxswain Tose and Second Coxswain Robert Patton for the rescue of the Captain from the steamer Princess Clementine.
1928 The station at Staithes re-opened when the fishing industry was revived.
1934 A Gold Medal was posthumously awarded to Coxswain Robert Patton who was killed when he was crushed while rescuing a man from the steamer Disperser. The name of the lifeboat was changed from The Always Ready to Robert Patton – The Always Ready.
1938 The all weather lifeboat was withdrawn and the station at Staithes was closed.
1957 Runswick’s Head Launcher, George Hanson, died after saving a boy and attempting to save a man in difficulties in Staithes Harbour.
1978 The all weather lifeboat at Runswick was withdrawn and the station closed.
An inshore lifeboat (ILB) station was established at Staithes with a B class Atlantic 21 lifeboat, Lord Brotherton. The station was named Staithes and Runswick.
1996 The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Helmsman Sean Baxter when the lifeboat rescued two people cut off by the tide. A collective Framed Letter of Thanks was awarded to Crew Members Iain Baxter, Jason Ebison, Martin Hopkinson, David Porritt, Lee Porritt, David Springett and Michael Verrill.
The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Helmsman David Porritt when the lifeboat rescued two anglers who were trapped at the end of the western breakwater and in danger of being swept away by the heavy breaking seas. A Framed Letter of Thanks was awarded to Crew Member Martin Hopkinson after he guided the two anglers back along the breakwater where they were taken off by lifeboat.
2000 A Bronze Medal was awarded to Helmsman Stephen Iredale for the rescue of an elderly man from a trimaran, at night and in breaking seas. The Walter and Elizabeth Groombridge award for the most meritorious service by a B class lifeboat in 2000 was awarded for this service.
2003 Improved boathouse facilities were completed and a new Atlantic 75, Pride of Leicester, was placed on service.
For a more detailed history of Staithes and Runswick Lifeboat Station, buy the official station history book by Grant McKee. Grant uncovers stirring stories of the boats, their crews and communities since 1866.
At Staithes and Runswick Lifeboat Station the following awards have been made:
Framed Letter of Thanks 2
Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum 2
Bronze Medal 3
Silver Medal 1
Gold Medal 1
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