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The Lizard Lifeboat Station

Aerial view of new Lizard lifeboat station taken from RNAS Culdrose helicopter.

​Originally with two lifeboat stations at Polpeor and Cadgwith, The Lizard all-weather Tamar class lifeboat is now located at Kilcobben Cove. Operating for well over 150 years, the crews have been presented with 12 awards for gallantry.

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Recent launches from this station

Date Time
17/10/2016 12:36
10/10/2016 16:54
03/10/2016 18:11
24/09/2016 12:46
18/09/2016 11:54
01/09/2016 16:05
01/09/2016 12:33
30/08/2016 15:18
16/08/2016 07:04
07/08/2016 17:54

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Station address:

The Lizard Lifeboat Station
Kilcobben Cove
TR12 7PH

Station telephone:

01326 290451

Station opening times:

9.30am–2.30pm weekdays

Visitor contact telephone:

01326 290451

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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.


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Lifeboat class: Tamar class

Funded by: Legacy & general fundraising

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A Silver Medal was awarded to Mr John Ridge for rescuing 18 people from the schooner Czar.

The first Lizard lifeboat station was established by the RNLI at Polpeor following this rescue and a boathouse was built at the top of the roadway leading down to Polpeor Cove.

Coxswain Peter Mitchell and Crew Members Richard Harris and Nicholas Stevens drowned when the lifeboat smashed onto rocks during a hurricane.

The RNLI established a lifeboat station at Cadgwith.

A larger lifeboat was provided for the station at Polpeor and the smaller lifeboat moved to a new station at Church Cove (No.2).

A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain Edwin Matthews for ‘long and gallant services’.

A Silver Medal was awarded to Captain David Ball for saving one of his crew from the Gustav Bitter.

The Church Cove (No.2) station closed.

Silver Medals were awarded to Coxswain William Edward Mitchell and Second Coxswain Edwin Mitchell (Lizard lifeboat), and to Rev Henry Vyvyan, Coxswain Edward Rutter (both Cadgwith lifeboat), George Anderson and William Williams (both crew of the liner Suevic) for rescuing 394 people from the White Star liner Suevic in dense fog when it struck the Marnheere Reef off The Lizard. Coverack and Porthleven lifeboats also rescued 62 people.

A new boathouse was built at Polpeor Cove for the station’s first motor lifeboat.

The lifeboat Guide of Dunkirk was one of the 19 lifeboats that helped to evacuate the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk. After Dunkirk she was sent to Cadgwith station.

The Lizard station was extremely exposed and, in certain conditions, launching lifeboats here and at Cadgwith was a difficult and dangerous operation. It was also considered that this important area for shipping warranted a larger lifeboat than could be operated from either The Lizard or Cadgwith. The RNLI therefore decided to build a new station at Kilcobben Cove, lying half way between the two stations.

A Centenary Vellum was awarded to the station at Polpeor.

The original station at The Lizard (Polpeor) closed.

The boathouse and roller slipway at Kilcobben Cove were completed. The new station was opened on 7 July 1961 by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. He also named the new lifeboat The Duke of Cornwall (Civil Service No 33). The station became known as the Lizard-Cadgwith lifeboat station.

The Cadgwith station closed.

The lifeboat launched on 28 May to welcome Sir Francis Chichester home after sailing single-handed around the world.

A special framed certificate was awarded to the Coxswain and crew for their services to several yachts in difficulties during the Fastnet Race on 15 August.

A Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain/Mechanic Peter Mitchell for rescuing the three crew and saving the yacht Bass on 3 September 1984.

The station's name was changed to The Lizard.

The boathouse was adapted for the new Tyne class lifeboat. ON-1145 David Robinson was placed on service in August.

A collective Framed Letter of Thanks was presented to Coxswain Philip Burgess, Second Coxswain David Hill, Mechanic Roger Legge, Assistant Mechanic John Harris and Crew Members Michael Legge, Louis Mitchell, Richard Woodmansey and Robert Francis for rescuing 10 people and saving the 49ft gaff-rigged yawl Heptarchy in a 12-hour service.

The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Coxswain Philip Burgess for saving two people and the yacht Gellie on 7 July in winds up to force 11–12 and 7m seas.

The Tamar class lifeboat Rose was placed on service on 16 July, funded by an anonymous donation from a charitable trust.

The new boathouse was opened on 5 May.

Station honours

At The Lizard Lifeboat Station the following awards have been made:

Framed Letter of Thanks 1

Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum 1

Bronze Medal 1

Silver Medal 9