RNLI shops, museums and the College will open as Government guidance allows. Lifeboat stations remain operational but are not open to visitors.

Cowes Lifeboat Station

Cowes Lifeboat Station

Cowes Lifeboat Station is converted from a former HM Customs Watch House, the rear of which is 300 years old. It looks out onto one of the world’s busiest shipping waterways and carries out a range of interesting services every year.
RNLI pager on a chart with a pair of dividers

Latest lifeboat launch

Recent launches from Cowes Lifeboat Station

5.44pm 9 January 2022
10.12am 12 December 2021
11.37am 4 December 2021
9.57am 16 November 2021
6.48pm 13 November 2021
1.00pm 22 October 2021
10.37pm 21 October 2021
5.13pm 2 October 2021
6.00pm 19 September 2021
8.06pm 4 September 2021
2.12am 30 August 2021
2.30pm 28 August 2021
2.30pm 28 August 2021
5.42pm 16 August 2021
10.49am 14 August 2021
6.23pm 11 August 2021
1.50pm 22 July 2021
4.49pm 17 July 2021
4.44pm 17 July 2021
6.28pm 4 July 2021

Today's weather

10°C Rain
Min: 4°C Max: 10°C
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Visitor information and facilities

Station address

Cowes Lifeboat Station
Watch House Lane
Isle of Wight
PO31 7QH

Station phone number

01983 299387


Parking, disabled parking

Visitor contact email


Visiting times

Open most bank holidays, otherwise by appointment. Contact the station for details.

Shop hours

10:30am-3:30 or 4pm (dependent on volunteer availability)

Shop phone number

01983 209073

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News and media from Cowes Lifeboat Station

A 20-foot fishing boat which had sprung a leak became the subject of a rescue operation off Gurnard over the weekend, involving two lifeboats including the RNLI’s Cowes boat.
Article Lifeboats
Two Lifeboats Rush to Assist Leaking Fishing Boat
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Natasha in the boathouse with her father, Gary, and station members including Mark Southwell (left).
Article Fundraising
Brave Natasha Welcomed Once More to Cowes Lifeboat Station
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Laurie receives the RNLI’s Certificate of Service and a framed photograph from the Cowes Operations Manager, Mark Southwell.
Article People
Cowes helmsman Laurie is honoured with an official farewell
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Article Rescue
Cowes lifeboat goes to aid of leaking fishing boat
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