Port Isaac Lifeboat appeal

Can you help bring a new D Class lifeboat to Port Isaac?

The volunteers at Port Isaac have been served without fail by their current inshore lifeboat, Copeland Bell, but now she’s coming to the end of her operational life. A new D class will help the crew save lives for at least another 10 years - and provide them with the latest navigation and casualty care equipment.
Port Isaac D class lifeboat on exercise

Nicholas Leach

Be part of over 150 years of lifesaving history

There have been RNLI lifeboats at Port Isaac, rescuing people in trouble off the north Cornwall coast, for over 150 years. Generations of volunteers have braved the unforgiving coastline here to save more than 340 lives at sea.

Since 1967, the station has been home to the D class inshore lifeboat, the workhorse of the RNLI’s fleet. Today, we’re asking you to support the next chapter in Port Isaac’s history - help our lifesavers to bring a new D class lifeboat home.

What you will help send to sea

Little has changed in the D class’s shape since 1963, but the craft is now made of durable hypalon-coated polyester, and has the best possible technology onboard to aid lifesavers.

The latest AIS software on the new Port Isaac lifeboat will help the crew identify passing marine traffic and plan accordingly.

How you can help - a message from Port Isaac Helm Damien Bolton

‘Every lifeboat crew member holds their lifeboat in the greatest pride – it’s a crucial part of the crew, one we rely on to carry us and the casualties through stormy waters back to safety,’ says Damien.

‘I often hear people saying how proud they are of us and that they could never do what we do – but they can, in their very own way. Even though the D class costs £52,000, she’s made up of many parts costing anything from £1 for a pack of cable ties to thousands for the engine and electronics. This means that whatever you can offer in support will be gratefully received.’

Thank you on behalf of all of us at Port Isaac Lifeboat Station.

Your gift today will go towards funding a D class lifeboat. If we raise more than the £52,000 that we need, your donation will go towards funding our lifesaving work around the UK and Ireland. Thank you for your continued support and generosity.