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.
RNLI pager on a chart with a pair of dividers

Latest lifeboat launch

Recent launches from Sunderland Lifeboat Station

8.27am 12 November 2020
4.49pm 6 November 2020
10.14pm 4 November 2020
1.01pm 4 November 2020
1.12pm 1 November 2020
11.58am 1 November 2020
11.58am 1 November 2020
2.27pm 30 October 2020
2.27pm 30 October 2020
1.08am 26 October 2020
9.35am 19 October 2020
2.35pm 10 October 2020
2.12pm 10 October 2020
10.37am 28 September 2020
10.12am 28 September 2020
8.32am 27 September 2020
10.35pm 20 September 2020
1.58pm 19 September 2020
6.28pm 11 September 2020
7.32pm 2 September 2020

Today's weather

7°C Rain
Min: 6°C Max: 7°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

Article Lifeboats
Sunderland RNLI issues safety message after three fishermen saved from drowning
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Article Fundraising
Beer Festival organisers make generous donation to Sunderland RNLI
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Article Rescue
Sunderland RNLI rescue two fishermen cut off by the tide
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Video Lifeboats
Sunderland RNLI rescue two fisherman cut off by the tide
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Bring the crew home safe this Christmas

Volunteer lifeboat crews are busier than ever. The risks they face are greater. The costs to keep them safe are rising. But income is falling. Can they and their families count on your kindness this Christmas?