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Weston-super-Mare Lifeboat Station

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Now operating two inshore lifeboats in the Severn estuary, Weston-super-Mare originally operated the first motor lifeboat to be placed on the Somerset coast. The station has been presented with six awards for gallantry.

​This station is classed as an Observe station. Observe stations also welcome visitors but many are in inaccessible places and best suited to maritime rescue rather than visits. However, they are situated in stunning locations so why not enjoy the local area, using the station as a starting point?

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Recent launches from this station

Date Time
17/10/2014 23:26
18/09/2014 14:55
05/09/2014 02:13
29/08/2014 17:38
13/08/2014 11:31
03/08/2014 20:43
28/07/2014 16:37
28/07/2014 16:36
12/07/2014 20:07
22/06/2014 15:50

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  • Out Of The Mist (by Alan Tyson)

    07/11/2014

    ​The Princess Theatre Company in association with BOSH Youth Theatre and the RNLI invite you to join them on a journey through the history of the RNLI - Out of the Mist.

Forecasts for Weston-super-Mare Lifeboat Station

Station address

Weston-super-Mare Lifeboat Station
Birnbeck Island
Weston-Super-Mare
Avon
BS23 1AL

Station telephone

01934 621871

Station opening times

Lifeboat station not generally open to public due to dangerous state of Birnbeck Pier

 

 

Visitor contact

Peter Holder

Visitor contact telephone

07768 287236

 

 

Shop telephone

01934 412767

Shop opening times

April-October
Monday-Sunday
10am-4pm

November
Saturday-Sunday
10am-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.

  • LPO

    Glyn Hayes

  • From the Sea Anglers

    Our LOM receiving the cheque

  • First event

    Swimmers coming ashore

  • Returning to harbour

    Returning to harbour

  • Glyn Hayes LPO

    Glyn Hayes

  • Demonstration of a man in the water

    Picking up a survivor excercise

  • Weston Atlantic with its older cousins

    The Old and the New Lifeboats

  • The Three Liverpool historic lifeboats

    All the Liverpools together

  • How they sop and board

    The Police board demonstration

  • Demonstrating how they stop and search boats

    The Police boat about to board

  • 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

  • Lifeboat Press Officer

    Glyn Hayes

  • As well as fast cars, dogs and Scenes of Crime Avon and Somerset Police brought their horses

    Police Horses attract a crowd

  • The tender from Bristol Airport shows how far it can reach

    Bristol Airport Fire Tender with jet arm extended

  • The Air Ambulance lands in front of the crowds

    Great Western Air Ambulance arives

  • The Avon fire Turntable ladder was elevated above the crowd

    View from on top of the turntable ladder

  • Glyn Hayes

    Glyn Hayes

  • Pictures of the Red Arrows doing their manoeuvre as the search goes on.

    The Red Arrows over head

  • On their way to search for missing children

    The D Class launches in Knightstone Hoarbour

  • HRH The Duke of Kent visits Weston-super-Mare

    HRH The Duke of Kent visits Weston-super-Mare

  • Peter Holder and Richard Spindler with HRH

    Peter Holder and Richard Spindler with HRH

  • HRH meets Weston-super-Mare volunteeers

    HRH meets Weston-super-Mare volunteeers

  • Glyn Hayes

    Glyn Hayes

  • Pete when he was a young lifeboatman

    Pete Holder

  • Pete in recent years

    Pete Holder

  • The morning after the shout the sunken fishing boat was sighted

    Finding the submerged fishing boat

  • Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

    Glyn Hayes

  • The FT checking on a cut off Old People's Home

    Checking an Old Peoples Home

  • The FT Team driving on flooded road

    Flooded Road

  • FRT Crew member with Windsor Castle in the background

    Crew member Liam McDermott

  • Weston-super-Mare volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

    Glyn Hayes

  • The event was sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Weston-super-Mare. This photo include Steve Harvey and Cassie Plowright from Mercedes-Benz

    Prof Horton with Crew and the sponsors

  • Two crew donned their PPE and two DLAs also attended

    Prof Horton with Weston-super-Mare crew

  • The temporary RNLI lifeboat facility now based at Knightstone Harbour in Weston super Mare housing a D class inshore lifeboat.

    The temporary RNLI facility at Knightstone Harbour

  • Weston LPO

    Glyn Hayes

  • Branded, good looking and ready

    Smart and ready for service

  • All painted and clean

    Finished but not branded

  • First it is given a coat of paint

    A cost of paint

  • A dirty grey container arrives on Weston promenade

    The container arrives

  • The RNLI Chief Executive with volunteers from Weston super Mare lifeboat.

    RNLI Chief Executive with the crew at Weston

  • 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

  • LPO Glyn Hayes

    Glyn Hayes

  • The float with the dummy lifeboat

    Close up of the dumy lifeboat

  • The Weston Crew made a dummy lifeboat from a motor cruiser and cardboard!

    The dummy lifeboat on a float

  • Volunteer Press Officer, Weston-super-Mare

    LPO Glyn Hayes

  • Sarah on board the lifeboat

    The Atlantic 75 Coventry and Warwickshire with Sarah on board

  • Once ashore Sarah had the chance to sit in the helmsman's seat

    Sitting in the helmsmans seat

  • To get the salt water off requires the hose!

    Showering the Birnbeck Way

  • Reporter Sarah, dressed in PPE waiting to board the lifeboat

    Sarah on the slipway

  • 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

  • Weston Volunteer Press Officer

    Glyn Hayes

  • The Great Western Air Ambulance was a popular exhibit on the site. it flew in after a low pass so the audience had a good view.

    The Air Ambulance appoaches

  • The Beach Lawns stretch all along Weston-Super-Mare sea front and were the venue for the 999 Day

    The 999 day on the Beach Lawns

  • RNLI Flood Rescue showing what they do next to the Burnham based BARB hovercraft

    RNLI Flood Rescue with the BARB hovercraft

  • ALi have an arousing speech in which she stated what Weston needed is a new lifeboat station.

    Ali giving her speech

  • The Fundraising Chair with Mayor, Ali and Stormy Stan

    Ali with Stormy Stan and mayor

  • Standing on a D Class lifeboat with one of the helmsmen in sea going kit.

    ALi on Lifeboat with Crew member

  • The Weston super Mare RNLI Atlantic inshore lifeboat leads the Portishead Atlantic inshore lifeboat at the appeal launch off Clevedon Pier.

    The Bristol Channel RNLI Fundraising Appeal launch

  • The Atlantic inshore lifeboats from Weston super Mare RNLI and Portishead at the appeal launch off Clevedon Pier.

    The Bristol Channel RNLI Fundraising Appeal launch

  • Barry Dock Trent class all-weather lifeboat with the Atlantic inshore lifeboats from Weston super Mare RNLI and Portishead at the launch of the appeal off Clevedon Pier.

    Bristol Channel RNLI Fundraising Appeal launch

  • Peter Elemont on the left and John Gittings on the right with their lifeboats behind them shake hands to start the appeal.

    The launch of the Bristol Channel RNLI Fundraising Appeal

  • Weston-super-Mare Lifeboat Press Officer

    Glyn Hayes

  • A picture of the 1905 RNLI boathouse on Birnbeck island from the shore

    The Boathouse on Birnbeck Island

  • Weston-super-Mare Golf Club plays a blinder in aid of the the RNLI

    Weston-super-Mare Golf Club plays a blinder in aid of the the RNLI

  • De-light-ful festive support for RNLI in Weston-super-Mare

    De-light-ful festive support for RNLI in Weston-super-Mare

  • Christmas Lights in aid of the RNLI

    Christmas Lights in aid of the RNLI

  • The South Weston Community Association says farewell with a generous donation to the RNLI

    The South Weston Community Association says farewell with a generous donation to the RNLI

  • The Big Swim raises over £4000 for Weston super Mare RNLI

    The Big Swim raises over £4000 for Weston super Mare RNLI

  • Weston Sea Anglers brave a severe gale to raise money for the RNLI

    Weston Sea Anglers brave a severe gale to raise money for the RNLI

  • RNLI Lifeguard Appeal named as the Bath Half Marathon Charity Appeal of Year

    RNLI Lifeguard Appeal named as the Bath Half Marathon Charity Appeal of Year

  • Five RNLI lifeboats search for missing swimmers in Bristol Channel

    Five RNLI lifeboats search for missing swimmers in Bristol Channel

  • 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

  • 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

  • End of an era for Weston-super-Mare RNLI

    End of an era for Weston-super-Mare RNLI-2

  • End of an era for Weston-super-Mare RNLI

    End of an era for Weston-super-Mare RNLI-1

  • End of an era for Weston-super-Mare RNLI

    End of an era for Weston-super-Mare RNLI

  • Weston-super-Mare RNLI volunteers rescue an injured dog after it had fallen down a cliff

    Weston-super-Mare RNLI volunteers rescue an injured dog after it had fallen down a cliff-1

  • Weston-super-Mare RNLI volunteers rescue an injured dog after it had fallen down a cliff

    Weston-super-Mare RNLI volunteers rescue an injured dog after it had fallen down a cliff

  • Weston-super-Mare RNLI Volunteers rescue two men being carried out to sea

    Weston-super-Mare RNLI Volunteers rescue two men being carried out to sea

  • Lifeboats from Penarth, Burnham upon sea, Weston Super Mare and Portishead.

    Exercise with eight lifeboats at Flat Holm

  • Weston-super-Mare RNLI Volunteers help train tomorrow’s doctors

    Weston-super-Mare RNLI Volunteers help train tomorrow’s doctors-2

  • Weston-super-Mare RNLI Volunteers help train tomorrow’s doctors

    Weston-super-Mare RNLI Volunteers help train tomorrow’s doctors-1

  • Weston-super-Mare RNLI Volunteers help train tomorrow’s doctors

    Weston-super-Mare RNLI Volunteers help train tomorrow’s doctors

  • Weston-super-Mare RNLI volunteers save teenager cut off by the tide

    Weston-super-Mare RNLI volunteers save teenager cut off by the tide

  • Brave swimmers present RNLI volunteers with nearly £5000 from their efforts

    Brave swimmers present RNLI volunteers with nearly £5000 from their efforts

  • Extraordinary walker raises thousands for the charity that saves lives at sea

    Extraordinary walker raises thousands for the charity that saves lives at sea

  • RNLI figures highlight another busy summer for the south west

    RNLI figures highlight another busy summer for the south west

  • The annual Weston-super-Mare big swim will raise money for the RNLI

    The annual Weston-super-Mare big swim will raise money for the RNLI

  • 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

 

Image of lifeboat
 


Lifeboat name:
 Coventry and Warwickshire

Lifeboat class: B class (Atlantic 75)

Funded by: appeal to the people of Coventry and Warwickshire

Read more about the B class


Image of lifeboat



Lifeboat name:
Anna Stock

Lifeboat class: D class

Read more about the D class

1882
The RNLI established a lifeboat station and the lifeboat was kept on davits on Birnbeck Pier.

1889
A new boathouse and 100ft slipway were built on Birnbeck Island.

1903
A new boathouse and 368ft slipway were built for a larger lifeboat.

1933
The station’s first motor lifeboat, Fifi and Charles, was the first motor lifeboat to be placed on the Somerset coast.  

1961
The boathouse was adapted for an Oakley class lifeboat.

1966
An inshore lifeboat station was established with a D class lifeboat.

1969
A second D class lifeboat was sent to the station when the all-weather lifeboat coverage was withdrawn following the loss of the lifeboat after she broke her moorings and was wrecked on 12 April.

1970
In May one of the D class lifeboats was withdrawn and replaced by a McLachlan lifeboat.

1975
A Bronze Medal was awarded to Helmsman Julian Morris when the McLachlan lifeboat rescued five men from the motor boat 4D.

1979
Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum were awarded to Helmsman Nicholas White and Crew Members Richard Spindler and Anthony Blizzard when the D class lifeboat rescued three boys, who were trapped by the tide in a cave, and two Coastguards, who had gone to their assistance on 12 November 1978. The Ralph Glister Award for the most meritorious inshore lifeboat service in 1978 was made to the crew for this service. The Royal Humane Society also awarded their testimonial on parchment to Richard Spindler and Anthony Blizzard and a certificate of commendation to Nicholas White.

1982
A Centenary Vellum was awarded to the station.

1983
The McLachlan lifeboat was replaced by a B class Atlantic 21 lifeboat.

1986
The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Crew Member Richard Spindler when he swam from the lifeboat to rescue two boys cut off by the tide at Brean Down on 20 July.

1991/2
During the winter a westerly storm force 11 wind, gusting to force 12, badly damaged the slipway and the top two thirds had to be replaced during the spring and summer of 1992. During this time both lifeboats were re-located to afloat moorings in the River Axe estuary at Uphill.  

1998
The D class, D-537 Faith, was placed on service.

2001
The Atlantic 75, B-769 Coventry and Warwickshire, replaced the Atlantic 21 lifeboat.  

A Framed Letter of Thanks was awarded to Helmsman Peter Watts for carrying out a search in poor weather conditions and in a treacherous area of surf close inshore on the night of 7 October.

2007
The reinstatement of a derelict slipway and temporary boat facilities was completed in July.

Station Honours

At Weston-super-Mare Lifeboat Station the following awards have been made:

Framed Letter of Thanks 1

Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum 4

Bronze Medal 1​