Bridlington Lifeboat Station project
A new Shannon class lifeboat station
Planned for completion in 2017
Generations of Bridlington lifeboat volunteers have been saving lives at sea since 1804 – 20 years before the RNLI was formed.
The current lifeboat station on South Marine Drive has served our volunteer crews and the community of Bridlington well for over 110 years. But the station, which was built in 1903, is now too cramped, outdated and impractical.
Lack of space means that the station’s all-weather Mersey class lifeboat, Marine Engineer 12-12, and inshore D class lifeboat, Windsor Spirit D-721, have to be housed separately, with the inshore lifeboat and crew equipment being stored on Princess Mary Promenade.
The location of the current lifeboat station adds vital seconds to launch times because the Mersey lifeboat has to be taken along the main road to reach the sea. And the station lacks decent facilities for the crew such as proper changing and training rooms.
As their much-loved Mersey class lifeboat approaches the end of her operational life, Bridlington lifeboat volunteers are gearing up for her replacement in 2017 – a new Shannon class lifeboat.
This faster 25-knot lifeboat is propelled by waterjets, making her our most agile and manoeuvrable all-weather lifeboat yet. And her innovative launch and recovery system acts like a mobile slipway, reducing launch times from 25 minutes to just 10.
The existing boathouse has been extended and modified a number of times to accommodate Bridlington’s lifeboats over the years, but due to its age and location this is no longer practical or cost-effective.
A new lifeboat station in a better location will vastly improve the efficiency of our search and rescue service and maximise the Shannon’s lifesaving capability.
What a new station means to the crew and community
It’s still going to be some time before the volunteer crew can move into our new home, but knowing that work is actually getting underway makes it finally seem real! The new lifeboat station is going to make a huge difference to us – not only will it help speed up our launch times, we will also have much more space, proper training and changing facilities and, for the first time, both the inshore and all-weather lifeboats can be housed together.Stuart TibbettCoxswain, Bridlington RNLI
The new two-storey lifeboat station will be on Spa Promenade adjacent to the beach for quicker and more direct access to the water.
It will have the extra space required to house Bridlington’s new state-of-the-art Shannon class lifeboat and her launch and recovery equipment together, which will speed up the launch process when the crew are called out on a lifesaving mission.
Of course lifeboat stations are not only an operational base for the lifeboat. They also provide support for the programme of continuous competence-based training that is an essential requirement for all lifeboat crew members.
This training is provided both at RNLI College in Poole and on station through courses and regular exercise launches, often jointly with other search and rescue organisations.
Bridlington’s new lifeboat station will include modern accommodation for the crew including:
- a changing and drying room
- mechanic’s workshop
- crew room
- and communications and administration facilities.
The crew room is designed for use as a training room, but can also double as a rescue coordination room and as a safe and private refuge during rescue operations for waiting family and friends with a small galley for the provision of essential cups of tea.
In addition, there will be an RNLI shop, public viewing area and display areas for exhibitions so that we can share information about our lifesaving work.
It is anticipated that the new lifeboat station will support the operation of Bridlington’s lifeboats well into the 21st century, contributing to the saving of many more lives and building upon the long and proud record of the brave lifeboat crews who have served this challenging part of the coastline for over 200 years.
How you can help
With 94% of our total income coming from generous donations and legacies, we depend on our dedicated volunteers and supporters to continue saving lives at sea.
The fundraising never stops. Our lifeboat crews have a team of fundraising volunteers behind them, all working tirelessly to raise essential lifesaving funds for their stations and lifeboats to keep their communities as safe as possible.
If you’d like to support them and help fund our search and rescue service, including lifeboat station projects such as this one, please donate today.