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

1.50pm 4 January 2018
9.34pm 17 December 2017
12.20am 4 December 2017
8.25am 23 November 2017
10.11am 22 November 2017
3.36pm 11 November 2017
6.24pm 27 October 2017
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

Today's weather

8°C Rain
Min: 5°C
Max: 8°C
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Next tide

Tue 16 Jan
Low: 4:30pm 0.3m
High: 11:28pm 1.4m
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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 and Bembridge RNLI lifeboats called to 60ft clipper yacht aground
RNLI Portsmouth Lifeboat was requested to launch this morning (Wednesday 22 November 2017 - 10:07) to reports of a 60ft Clipper Yacht running aground at Portsmouth harbour entrance. The yacht had suffered engine failure on approach and was caught by the strong wind and tide, pushing it across the harbour and onto shore next to the Victoria pier at Hotwalls, Portsmouth harbour entrance. With people on-board and rough conditions the Atlantic 85 Lifeboat, Norma T, launched quickly and raced to the scene within 12 minutes. On arrival the Lifeboat was met by MOD Police Launch Sir Geoffrey Rackham and two larger commercial vessels which had already established a towline and was starting to ease the yacht free. Blocking the busy harbour and reversing into the conditions, Windfarm supply vessel, The Sure Pilgrim, was able to slowly drag the training yacht backwards away from the pier and into clear water until further assistance could be given. Portsmouth Lifeboat and the MOD Police Launch inspected the casualty yacht for signs of damage while commercial Tug Gaurdsman secured a bow line to better control yacht until Bembridge RNLI arrived on scene to take over and recover the vessel to Gosport marina.
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Portsmouth and Bembridge RNLI lifeboats called to 60ft clipper yacht aground
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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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