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The Mumbles Lifeboat Station

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The Mumbles Lifeboat Station has a remarkable history of bravery for over 170 years and its crews have been presented with 33 awards for gallantry. The station has also witnessed tragedy with 18 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. 

 

Recent launches from this station

Date Time
04/10/2014 12:15
04/10/2014 12:13
26/09/2014 08:28
26/09/2014 08:27
25/09/2014 09:13
25/09/2014 09:11
04/09/2014 15:44
04/09/2014 15:41
26/08/2014 20:22
26/08/2014 20:21

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Forecasts for The Mumbles Lifeboat Station

  • Thursday
  • (White) Medium-level cloud
  • Minimum:
    7°C
  • Maximum:
    14°C
  • Friday
  • Sunny (Day)
  • Minimum:
    6°C
  • Maximum:
    13°C
  • Saturday
  • Sunny (Day)
  • Minimum:
    7°C
  • Maximum:
    13°C
  • Sunday
  • Light rain shower (Day)
  • Minimum:
    8°C
  • Maximum:
    13°C
  • Monday
  • Light rain shower (Day)
  • Minimum:
    9°C
  • Maximum:
    14°C

This is the tide forecast for Langland Bay.

Tuesday 21/10

Tide chart Tide scale
High 05:30 8.5m
Low 11:31 2.2m
High 17:44 8.8m
Low 23:54 1.9m
  • First Light: 07:15
  • Sunrise: 07:49
  • Sunset: 18:11
  • Last Light: 18:45

Wednesday 22/10

Tide chart Tide scale
High 06:08 8.9m
Low 12:07 1.8m
High 18:21 9.1m
  • First Light: 07:16
  • Sunrise: 07:51
  • Sunset: 18:09
  • Last Light: 18:43

Thursday 23/10

Tide chart Tide scale
Low 00:28 1.7m
High 06:42 9.2m
Low 12:40 1.6m
High 18:55 9.3m
  • First Light: 07:18
  • Sunrise: 07:52
  • Sunset: 18:07
  • Last Light: 18:41

This is the surf forecast for Langland Bay.

    Swell Rating Prob Height Period Dir
Tue 21/10 6am 100 12ft 9secs 78.5
Noon 100 11.5ft 9secs 95.09
6pm 100 0.4ft 22secs 71.89
Wed 22/10 6am 100 0.9ft 19secs 75.52
Noon 100 4ft 6secs 84.27
6pm 86 4.5ft 6secs 75.57
Thu 23/10 6am 90 4.5ft 6secs 64.99
Noon 95 5ft 6secs 55.65
6pm 95 4.5ft 6secs 60.11
  • Thursday
  • 00:00
  • 7
  • 06:00
  • 7
  • 12:00
  • 14
  • 18:00
  • 14
  • Friday
  • 00:00
  • 7
  • 06:00
  • 7
  • 12:00
  • 8
  • 18:00
  • 5
  • Saturday
  • 00:00
  • 7
  • 06:00
  • 11
  • 12:00
  • 14
  • 18:00
  • 12
  • Sunday
  • 00:00
  • 12
  • 06:00
  • 12
  • 12:00
  • 16
  • 18:00
  • 16
  • Monday
  • 00:00
  • 14
  • 06:00
  • 13
  • 12:00
  • 17
  • 18:00
  • 14

Station address:

The Mumbles Lifeboat Station
Pier Road
Mumbles
Swansea
SA3 4EN

Station telephone:

ALB 01792 366246

ILB 01792 361268

Station opening times:

9.30am–1pm weekdays or 10am–12pm Sunday

Accessibility:

Parking, Disabled Parking, Disabled Access

Visitor contact:

Roy Griffiths

Visitor contact telephone:

01792 361268

Shop opening times:

Easter–September
Saturday–Sunday
12pm–4pm
 

RNLI crew 

Specific 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.

 

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Lifeboat name:
 Babs and Agnes Robertson

Lifeboat class: Tyne class

Read more about the Tyne


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Lifeboat name:
Peterborough Beer Festival II

Lifeboat class: D class

Funded by: Collections by the Peterborough branch at the Peterborough CAMRA Beer Festival

Read more about the D class

   

1835 
The first lifeboat was funded by the Swansea Harbour Trust.

Before the station was taken over by the RNLI 10 Silver Medals were awarded for Gallantry for rescues to the many wrecks off the coast.

1863
The RNLI established a lifeboat station, known as Swansea lifeboat station.

1866
The lifeboat was moved to The Mumbles.

1883
A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain Jenkin Jenkins for a service to barque Admiral Prinz Adalbert. During the service the lifeboat was thrown violently against the barque and four of the lifeboat crew, John and William Jenkins (sons of the coxswain), William MacNamara (son-in-law of the coxswain) and William Rogers lost their lives.

1884 
A new boathouse was built.

1903
On 1 February the lifeboat capsized off the entrance to Port Talbot harbour with the loss of six of her 14 crew – Coxswain Thomas Rogers, Second Coxswain Daniel Claypitt, DJ Morgan, George Michael, James Gammon and Robert Smith. One of the rescued, Tom Michael, was a survivor of the 1883 accident.

1904
The station became known as The Mumbles lifeboat station.

1916
A new slipway was built on the north of Mumbles Pier.

1922
A boathouse was added on the Pier and the slipway was extended.

1924
The station’s first motor lifeboat was placed on service.

1935
A Centenary Vellum was presented to the station.

1941
Bronze Medals were awarded to Coxswain William J Gammon and Mechanic Robert T Williams for rescuing the 10 crew of the steamer Cornish Rose.

1944
The RNLI’s highest accolade, the Gold Medal, was awarded to Coxswain William J Gammon and Bronze Medals to Mechanic WG Davies and Bowman Thomas J Ace for rescuing the 42 crew from the frigate Cheboque during a series of 12 very hazardous approaches. The Maud Smith award for the bravest act of lifesaving in 1944 was awarded to Coxswain WJ Gammon for this service.

1947
On 23 April the Edward Prince of Wales lifeboat had gone to help the steamer Samtampa with a crew of 39 on board. The lifeboat capsized and all eight crew died – Coxswain WJ Gammon, Second Coxswain William Noel, Mechanics WG Davies and E Griffin, and Crew Members WRS Thomas, WL Howell, WR Thomas and R Smith. The 39 crew from the Samtampa also died.

1964
A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain Lionel Derek Scott and the Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum to Second Coxswain W Davies, Mechanic J Gammon, Assistant Mechanic W Tucker, Signalman J Bailey, K Kostromin, G Parsons, H Randall and J Whitford for rescuing the crew of the burning motor vessel Kilo on 17 November 1963.

1965
An inshore lifeboat station was established alongside the all weather lifeboat with a D class lifeboat.

1968
A Bronze Medal was awarded to Coxswain Lionel Derek Scott for rescuing seven crew from the sand dredger Steepholm.

1971
A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain Lionel Derek Scott BEM, for rescuing a boy from a capsized canoe in a small motor boat.

1971
Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum were awarded to Helmsman Alan Richards Jones, Crew Members Peter Allan Algie and Anthony David Lewis for rescuing three men from a cabin cruiser.

1973
A Framed Letter of Thanks was presented to Crew Member W Clements for securing a towline to the yacht Karfinn.

1981
The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Coxswain Lionel Derek Scott BEM for rescuing the two crew from a capsized dinghy.

1983
The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Helmsman Anthony David Lewis for swimming to an unoccupied burning cabin cruiser, which was drifting towards the pier, to secure a line to tow it to deeper water.

1985
A 150th Anniversary Vellum was presented to the station.

The Tyne class lifeboat, ON-1096 Ethel Anne Measures, was placed on service.

1994
A new ILB boathouse was built providing improved crew facilities.

2004
The new D class lifeboat, D-623 Peterborough Beer Festival, was placed on service.

Station honours

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

Framed Letter of Thanks 1

Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum 13

Bronze Medal 5

Silver Medal 13

Gold Medal 1