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

1.50pm 22 July 2021
4.49pm 17 July 2021
4.44pm 17 July 2021
6.28pm 4 July 2021
1.47pm 4 July 2021
1.36pm 4 July 2021
6.36pm 26 June 2021
12.42pm 15 May 2021
1.48pm 24 April 2021
4.41pm 23 April 2021
1.15pm 5 April 2021
8.57am 3 April 2021
11.16pm 31 March 2021
2.43pm 18 February 2021
1.45pm 9 February 2021
10.31pm 5 February 2021
5.42am 1 February 2021
4.36pm 31 January 2021
7.19pm 30 January 2021
1.36am 13 December 2020

Today's weather

17°C Rain
Min: 13°C Max: 17°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

Article Rescue
Cowes lifeboat goes to the aid of sick girl
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Cowes lifeboat in the foreground, with Calshot lifeboat alongside the yacht and lifeboat members aboard it to provide assistance.
Article Rescue
Cowes Lifeboat Has a Weekend of Call-Outs
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Lifeboat crew member watches from lifeboat as fellow crew members tackle the leak aboard the yacht.
Article Rescue
Holed Yacht Gets Urgent Assistance from Cowes Lifeboat
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Article Rescue
Cowes Lifeboat Goes to Aid of Unconscious Yachtswoman
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Will you answer our Mayday call?

RNLI lifesavers are used to answering emergency calls, but today they’re putting out a call of their own. Your kind donation could help them carry on saving lives during their busiest time. Will you answer that call?