St Agnes' station history


The establishment of the St. Agnes lifeboat was postponed because of housing difficulties.


Inshore lifeboat station (summer months only) established in April with the placing on service of a D class lifeboat funded by the BBC children's programme Blue Peter.


New lifeboat station built.


Silver Medal for Gallantry awarded to helm Peter David Bliss, who rescued a man from a narrow cove in conditions which onlookers described as 'impossible'. He controlled the Blue Peter IV inshore lifeboat with extraordinary skill during the rescue in July 1977.


Helmsman Peter David Bliss awarded a certificate of commendation from the Royal Humane Society for assisting in the rescue and resuscitation of a swimmer.  Peter Bliss waded out through the surf to help two lifeguards bring the swimmer ashore on 28 July.


Due to the increase in incidents around the coast the station was put on all year round service.  

The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to crew member Peter Roberts who was at the helm of the D class lifeboat Blue Peter IV in recognition of his skill and seamanship when the lifeboat rescued a surfboarder and saved his board as he was being washed out to sea in gale force winds and rough seas on 28 October 1996.


The Thanks of the Institute inscribed on Vellum accorded to Helmsman Andrew Northcote and a Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution presented to each of the two crew members; Rory Bushe and Carey Morgan for the rescue of a man and a girl from a cave at Chapel Rock on 10 August 2002.  The lifeboat was taken into the cave to effect the rescue without damage or injury to boat, crew or those rescued.


Silver Medal for gallantry awarded to Helmsman Gavin Forehead and The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to crew members Rory Bushe and James Watkins for the rescue of a girl and a man, who had been windsurfing and were washed into a cave.  The lifeboat was successfully taken into the cave despite the sea and surf.  Two other surfers, Tom Roberson and Jamie Kent who also risked themselves to assist in the rescue were accorded The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum.  This service took place on 16 October 2005.  The Daily Express LifeSavers Award from Vodafone was awarded on 2 November to the crew for this service. Gavin Forehead also received the James Michael Bower Endowment Fund award for this service.


The new station D class D-641 Blue Peter IV was place on service 1 March 2005.  The lifeboat was funded by the Blue Peter Appeal.