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.
RNLI pager on a chart with a pair of dividers

Latest lifeboat launch

Recent launches from Sunderland Lifeboat Station

10.35pm 20 September 2020
1.58pm 19 September 2020
6.28pm 11 September 2020
7.32pm 2 September 2020
1.59pm 1 September 2020
9.46pm 28 August 2020
3.47pm 27 August 2020
3.46pm 25 August 2020
3.34pm 23 August 2020
11.32am 22 August 2020
11.30am 16 August 2020
6.54am 14 August 2020
12.46am 13 August 2020
12.31pm 9 August 2020
9.13am 8 August 2020
9.13am 8 August 2020
9.13am 8 August 2020
3.13pm 7 August 2020
10.14am 6 August 2020
5.03am 6 August 2020

Today's weather

11°C Rain
Min: 9°C Max: 11°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
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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