RNLI Portsmouth Lifeboat Station

Portsmouth Lifeboat Station

Portsmouth Lifeboat Station has been providing search and rescue for the eastern Solent since 1965. The crews have won two medals for gallantry and currently operate two inshore lifeboats.
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Latest lifeboat launch

Recent launches from Portsmouth Lifeboat Station

2.46pm 23 October 2017
2.41pm 23 October 2017
6.20pm 22 October 2017
10.43pm 13 October 2017
10.16pm 13 October 2017
12.17pm 16 September 2017
7.26am 4 September 2017
11.56am 26 August 2017
3.52pm 23 August 2017
3.52pm 23 August 2017
4.30pm 19 August 2017
6.17pm 16 August 2017
6.15pm 16 August 2017
2.14pm 16 August 2017
10.28pm 12 August 2017
3.41pm 5 August 2017
8.52am 4 August 2017
2.12am 10 July 2017
9.16pm 8 July 2017
5.33pm 8 July 2017

Today's weather

17°C Overcast
Min: 16°C
Max: 17°C
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Next tide

Tue 24 Oct
High: 2:40pm 4.5m
Low: 8:02pm 1.3m
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Visitor information and facilities

Station address

Portsmouth Lifeboat Station
Ferry Road
Southsea
Hampshire
PO4 9LY

Station phone number

02392 814811

Visitor times

Please contact the station to arrange a visit

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News and media from Portsmouth Lifeboat Station

Portsmouth RNLI launch to reports of a person in the water
Portsmouth RNLI launch to reports of a person in the water near the busy Eastern road bridge. A passing motorist had called it in and the ILB was tasked to investigate.

With maintenance work being done to the bridge, the ILB was unable to pass underneath to investigate, meaning a crewperson had to use the small crawl space to the other side to investigate and confirm the area was clear. A group of kayakers had also been spotted in the area not long before the call so after investigation and attendance from the UK Coastguard, it was confirmed as a false alarm.
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Portsmouth RNLI launch to reports of a person in the water
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Portsmouth RNLI attend Hayling Island 999 day helicopter demonstration
Portsmouth RNLI lifeboats attended Hayling Island 999 open day and took part in a rescue demonstration with the Hayling Island ferry and UK Coastguard helicopter.
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Portsmouth RNLI attend Hayling Island 999 day helicopter demonstration
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Portsmouth RNLI assist yacht in difficulty
After clearing up from the afternoons Helicopter display Portsmouth Lifeboat, Norma T, was requested to launch to Stokes Bay to assist a 21ft yacht in difficulty and struggling to make way against the tide. Racing through the choppy conditions the vessel was found with an exhausted crew onboard and an engine only making 1knot (~1mph) against the conditions. the decision was made to establish a tow and continue to the nearest safe port of Cowes. under tow the Lifeboat was able to continue at 5-6knots and allow the tired yacht crew to rest. The Lifeboat returned to station 2 hours after launch.
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Portsmouth RNLI assist yacht in difficulty
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RNLI warns 'Respect the Water' during ‘deadliest’ time of year in south east
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RNLI warns 'Respect the Water' during ‘deadliest’ time of year in south east
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