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Whitstable Lifeboat Station

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​Whitstable was one of the first 10 inshore lifeboat stations in the UK and Republic of Ireland. The crew have received four awards for gallantry, and also been recognised by Her Majesty The Queen in the honours lists.

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. 

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Recent launches from this station

Date Time
13/12/2014 15:30
22/11/2014 17:00
13/11/2014 16:16
03/11/2014 07:54
03/11/2014 07:48
27/10/2014 11:59
21/10/2014 12:29
19/10/2014 14:44
11/09/2014 17:02
11/09/2014 16:55

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  • RNLI Skydive

    Skydive with the RNLI - Maidstone

    01/01/2014

    We are looking for daredevils from across the UK to carry out a tandem skydive in support of the charity that saves lives at sea. You can choose from 19 locations across the country jumping on any date of the year.

Forecasts for Whitstable Lifeboat Station

Station address

Whitstable Lifeboat Station
The Harbour
Whitstable
Kent
CT5 1AB

Station telephone

01227 263581

Station opening times

10.30am - 12.30pm Saturday and Sunday, Friday summer only, or by appointment

Accessibility

Parking​

 

 

Visitor contact

David Hayward

Visitor contact telephone

01227 264489

 

 

Shop telephone

01227 282135

Shop opening times

Christmas–Easter
Saturday–Sunday
10am–12pm

Easter–April
Tuesday-Sunday
10am–1pm

May-Christmas
Tuesday-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

 


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Lifeboat name:
Oxford Town and Gown

Lifeboat class: B class (Atlantic 75)

Funded by: Oxford Lifeboat Appeal

Read more about the B class

1963
An inshore lifeboat (ILB) station was established in July and a D class lifeboat was placed on service. The ILB was kept at East Quay.

1974
The D class lifeboat was withdrawn and replaced with a B class Atlantic 21 lifeboat.

1977
The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Helmsman David Victor Foreman for the rescue of the three crew from the motor fishing vessel RX216. The vessel had run out of fuel and was dragging her anchor towards the Street Bank in a north easterly gale and a rough sea on the night of 25 February.

1981
On the evening of 19 April in a north easterly gale, a very rough sea and poor visibility, the catamaran Rumpleteazer had a broken steering gear and was taking on water. The lifeboat rescued the three crew and the Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Helmsman Michael A Judge for this service.

1986
On 19 January, the fishing vessel Duke Senior went aground off Pollard Spit in a westerly storm and rough seas. For the rescue of 12 anglers, the Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Helmsman Michael Gambrill.

1989
A single-storey extension was built to the side of the boathouse. A fuel store, turntable store, a general storeroom, drying room and a souvenir sales outlet with a display area were all provided.

1999
The Atlantic 21 capsized on 3 January after being launched in a gale to three angling boats in Herne Bay. All three crew were uninjured.

2000
A new boathouse was completed and the Atlantic 75 Oxford Town & Gown arrived at the station.

A Bronze Medal was awarded to Helmsman David Parry for his courage, seamanship and skill displayed when the lifeboat saved the three crew from a sinking dory in gale force 8 winds and rough seas on 28 May.

2001
Ex Helmsman, now current Lifeboat Operations Manager, Mike Judge was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty The Queen for services to marine safety.

2003
Her Majesty The Queen awarded David ‘Larry’ Lamberton the MBE for services to the RNLI as a helmsman and operations manager, now retired.

Station honours  

At Whitstable Lifeboat Station the following awards have been made:  

Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum 3

Bronze Medal 1