Whitstable Lifeboat Station

Established in 1963, Whitstable is one of our first inshore lifeboat stations. Today, the crew operates Lewisco, a B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat, which is carriage-launched from the beach.
RNLI Whitstable Lifeboat Station

Latest lifeboat launch

Recent launches from Whitstable Lifeboat Station

3.43pm 8 November 2020
2.46pm 31 October 2020
3.18pm 23 October 2020
4.51pm 20 September 2020
12.46pm 20 September 2020
12.15pm 18 September 2020
1.01pm 15 September 2020
6.02pm 13 September 2020
3.50pm 23 August 2020
2.42pm 20 August 2020
6.02pm 12 August 2020
3.36pm 12 August 2020
5.46pm 11 August 2020
5.44pm 10 August 2020
3.42pm 9 August 2020
12.32pm 8 August 2020
7.30pm 7 August 2020
12.08pm 5 August 2020
2.33pm 4 August 2020
3.55pm 2 August 2020

Today's weather

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Min: 1°C Max: 8°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

Whitstable Lifeboat Station
The Harbour

Station phone number

01227 263581


There is pay and display parking next to the station and two disable parking bays alongside the station.

Station visiting hours:

Whitstable RNLI shop has access to a station viewing area.


Saturdays and Sundays 10am-1pm

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Shop opening hours

Please check our shop page for our opening hours.

News and media from Whitstable Lifeboat Station

Article Statistics
Stats show big rise in calls to inflatables as lockdown eased in South East
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Article Lifeboats
Whitstable RNLI Lifeboat joins search for missing swimmer
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Article Rescue
Whitstable RNLI lifeboat launches to upturned catamaran
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Article Rescue
Evening call for the Whitstable RNLI lifeboat
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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?