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

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
4.29am 25 December 2020
10.29pm 24 December 2020
4.46pm 19 December 2020
4.35am 18 December 2020
12.00am 17 December 2020
10.32am 5 December 2020
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

Today's weather

10°C Cloudy
Min: 4°C Max: 10°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

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Article Lifeboats
Sunderland RNLI in multi-agency rescue which saves three men from drowning
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CAMRA volunteers donate cheque to lifeboat crew at Sunderland
Article Fundraising
Beer Festival organisers make generous donation to Sunderland RNLI
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Sunderland RNLI D Class Inshore Lifeboat at sea
Article Rescue
Sunderland RNLI rescue two fishermen cut off by the tide
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Sunderland RNLI rescued two fisherman who has been caught out by the incoming tide
Video Lifeboats
Sunderland RNLI rescue two fisherman cut off by the tide
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Bring hope, even on the darkest days

Coronavirus has delayed crucial crew training and lifeboat maintenance. A kind donation from you could help keep our crews safe and ready to rescue. Will you give us hope this spring?