RNLI Sunderland Lifeboat Station

Sunderland Lifeboat Station

Sunderland is the oldest lifeboat station, celebrating over 200 years as a station. The first experimental motor lifeboat in the RNLI’s fleet operated from here and today the station has two inshore lifeboats – an Atlantic 85 and a D class.
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Latest lifeboat launch

Recent launches from Sunderland Lifeboat Station

3.46pm 6 May 2021
11.52am 5 May 2021
12.40am 5 May 2021
3.58am 28 April 2021
10.15am 24 April 2021
12.30am 24 April 2021
9.35pm 14 April 2021
6.12pm 4 April 2021
10.22am 2 April 2021
12.07am 31 March 2021
11.29am 27 March 2021
9.09am 21 March 2021
4.10pm 12 March 2021
4.32pm 28 February 2021
9.50pm 23 February 2021
12.35pm 15 February 2021
7.02pm 2 February 2021
4.51pm 29 January 2021
1.17pm 18 January 2021
8.20am 1 January 2021

Today's weather

13°C Rain
Min: 7°C Max: 13°C
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While our lifeboat stations remain operational and are continuing to launch to those at peril at sea, they are not currently open to visitors. 

Visitor information and facilities

Station address

Sunderland Lifeboat Station
Marine Activity Centre
North Dock
Tyne & Wear
SR6 0PW 

Station phone number

01915 673536


Parking, disabled parking, disabled access 

Visiting times

9am–12pm Sunday or 7pm–9pm Tuesday
Groups by appointment only
Don't miss: crew training 7pm Tuesday and 9am Sunday

Visitor contact

Jayne Ingham

Visitor contact phone number

07801 099303

Shop hours

February-Mid December
Monday 10am-1pm
Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm

Shop phone number

01915 674395

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News and media from Sunderland Lifeboat Station

Launching the D Class lifeboat at Sunderland
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Sunderland RNLI launch to walkers cut off by incoming tide
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Sunderland RNLI in multi-agency rescue which saves three men from drowning
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Beer Festival organisers make generous donation to Sunderland RNLI
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Sunderland RNLI D Class Inshore Lifeboat at sea
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Sunderland RNLI rescue two fishermen cut off by the tide
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