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.
RNLI pager on a chart with a pair of dividers

Latest lifeboat launch

Recent launches from Portsmouth Lifeboat Station

8.21am 17 November 2018
8.17am 17 November 2018
9.37pm 13 November 2018
4.12pm 10 November 2018
2.58pm 6 November 2018
12.32pm 27 October 2018
4.49am 21 October 2018
2.43pm 15 October 2018
1.53pm 9 October 2018
6.22am 26 September 2018
6.27am 19 September 2018
11.33am 5 September 2018
1.44pm 4 September 2018
11.12am 29 August 2018
10.54am 29 August 2018
10.37pm 26 August 2018
2.02pm 26 August 2018
2.23pm 24 August 2018
10.13pm 20 August 2018
9.08pm 14 August 2018

Today's weather

7°C Rain
Min: 6°C Max: 7°C
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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 kayaker in difficulty
Portsmouth RNLI's Atlantic 85 Lifeboat, Norma T, was launched shortly after 3pm today (Tuesday 6th November) to a report of a lone kayaker struggling to paddle back to shore.

The pair of kayakers had been out for a couple of hours and when trying to return to shore one of the gentlemen began to struggle, battling against the fast outgoing tide and with a south easterly wind blowing, it created an unpleasant choppy sea state. growing ever exhausted, they made the decision that one would paddle ahead and raise the alarm.

Leaving his buddy a mile offshore, near the Langstone Harbour fairway post, he was able to reach Hayling beach and call 999 for the UK Coastguard.

Realising the urgency of the situation the Atlantic 85 Lifeboat launched with only 3 crew, they rushed to the last known position but with nothing to be seen Helmsman Neil Maxwell used his local knowledge to follow the likely drift direction whilst others updated the UK Coastguard and searched all directions.

Spotting the solo kayaker in the distance, trainee crew member Jordan alerted the team and speed was increased to confirm the sighting and rescue the kayaker, who by now had drifted over a mile further out to sea. Once alongside the cramped, near hypothermic gentleman was brought onboard, warmed and returned to the Boathouse and a waiting ambulance. Paramedics confirmed that further treatment was needed so he was taken to hospital for additional assessment.
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Portsmouth assist medical evacuation of person from a yacht
Portsmouth lifeboat was tasked to assist the Coastguard Helicopter with the extraction of a man from a yacht who had suffered a suspected stroke. the helicopter paramedic treated the casualty on the yacht before transferring to the Atlantic 85 lifeboat for winching up to the helicopter
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