RNLI Porthcawl Lifeboat Station

Porthcawl Lifeboat Station

Situated on the south east coast of Wales, Porthcawl Lifeboat Station operates an inshore B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat and a D Class lifeboat. The crews have been honoured with 29 awards for gallantry, including a Bronze Medal, the first to be awarded to a lifeboat woman in 116 years.
RNLI pager on a chart with a pair of dividers

Latest lifeboat launch

Recent launches from Porthcawl Lifeboat Station

4.14pm 11 January 2018
2.39pm 10 January 2018
3.31pm 4 January 2018
3.28pm 4 January 2018
11.38am 28 December 2017
11.58pm 15 December 2017
1.38pm 5 November 2017
2.01pm 4 November 2017
1.18pm 2 November 2017
2.53pm 1 November 2017
11.33am 29 October 2017
8.23pm 14 October 2017
4.29pm 13 October 2017
4.29pm 13 October 2017
7.02pm 8 October 2017
2.27pm 4 September 2017
5.07pm 27 August 2017
12.02pm 27 August 2017
5.48pm 24 August 2017
5.12pm 24 August 2017

Today's weather

7°C Rain
Min: 1°C
Max: 7°C
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Next tide

Wed 17 Jan
Low: 12:34pm 0.6m
High: 6:44pm 2.7m
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Visitor information and facilities

Station address

Porthcawl Lifeboat Station
The Esplanade
Vale of Glamorgan
CF36 3YR

Station phone number

01656 783299


Disabled parking, disabled access

Visiting times

Generally open 10am - 4pm daily
Don't miss: crew training on Sunday morning and Wednesday evening

Visitor contact

Julie Sanby

Visitor contact phone number

01656 743402

Shop hours




Shop phone number

01656 782672

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News and media from Porthcawl Lifeboat Station

Tributes to lifelong Porthcawl RNLI volunteer
Article Rescues
Tributes to lifelong Porthcawl RNLI volunteer
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Porthcawl RNLI Rescue Santa at entrance to Porthcawl Marina
There were dramatic scenes at Porthcawl Marina on Saturday evening when hundreds of children, parents and grandparents gathered to see Santa do a practice fly over of the town in readiness for Christmas day. Unfortunately he fell from his sleigh just as his reindeer turned sharply when passing the lighthouse. 

Whilst the children waited patiently Porthcawl lifeboat volunteers were alerted to reports of Santa’s accident. Within minutes the Atlantic 85, ‘Rose of the Shires’ was launched in darkness to search for Santa. Porthcawl Coastguard Unit arrived on scene to assist in the search around the harbour area. Fortunately Santa was found clinging to the ‘green marker pole’ at the entrance to the harbour area and was quickly brought aboard the lifeboat. Unhurt following his accident, he showed his magical talents by taking the helm and steering the lifeboat into the marina where the crew helped him onto one of the pontoons.
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Porthcawl RNLI Rescue Santa at entrance to Porthcawl Marina
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Santa Rescued by Porthcawl Lifeboat
Santa is found by volunteer crew clinging to a marker post.
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Santa Rescued by Porthcawl Lifeboat
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John Williams MBE a Life Long RNLI Volunteer.
Picture is dated approx 1990 at the 'old station'. RAF officers present John with a cheque also pictured are six Porthcawl crew
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John Williams MBE a Life Long RNLI Volunteer.
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