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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

12.36pm 8 May 2022
12.34pm 8 May 2022
3.24am 26 April 2022
2.27pm 18 April 2022
2.26pm 18 April 2022
12.26pm 11 April 2022
4.50am 10 April 2022
6.42pm 6 April 2022
6.33pm 6 April 2022
10.27am 5 April 2022
10.25am 5 April 2022
1.16pm 19 March 2022
3.22am 14 March 2022
2.31pm 6 March 2022
5.38pm 28 February 2022
7.20am 30 January 2022
7.20am 30 January 2022
7.32am 17 January 2022
6.10pm 12 January 2022
2.25am 7 January 2022

Today's weather

18°C Rain
Min: 10°C Max: 18°C
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Visitor information and facilities

Station address

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

Station phone number

01915 673536

Accessibility

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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Launching the D Class lifeboat at Sunderland
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