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

8.32pm 18 May 2018
8.27pm 18 May 2018
8.35am 12 May 2018
8.34am 12 May 2018
1.25pm 8 May 2018
10.04am 7 May 2018
8.05am 7 May 2018
3.57pm 6 May 2018
2.26pm 25 April 2018
2.08pm 25 April 2018
7.35pm 22 April 2018
7.29pm 22 April 2018
7.45pm 20 April 2018
11.04am 19 April 2018
6.59pm 17 April 2018
3.19pm 17 April 2018
1.56pm 16 April 2018
1.24pm 16 April 2018
2.00pm 15 April 2018
4.41pm 4 April 2018

Today's weather

18°C Cloudy
Min: 12°C
Max: 18°C
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Next tide

Mon 21 May
High: 5.15pm 1.3m
Low: 10.29pm 0.4m
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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 Lifeboat tasked to Pan Pan Emergency radio call for Injured Yachtsman
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Portsmouth Lifeboat tasked to Pan Pan Emergency radio call for Injured Yachtsman
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Cowes marina goes orange for lifeboat get together
Harbour entrance line-up.
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Cowes marina goes orange for lifeboat get together
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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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