Harwich Lifeboat station is one of the busiest in Britain and is just one of the 230 RNLI stations based about Britain 's coast. The RNLI is a charity that provides a 24-hour lifesaving service around the UK and Republic of Ireland . The RNLI operates solely from public donations and the crews & supporters are all volunteers.
The Harwich lifeboat station is located on the busy and historic England 's east coast, situated at the mouth of the River Stour & Orwell and opposite is Felixstowe the largest commercial port in the UK . The Harbour and surrounding area is very popular with the increasing leisure industry, from yachting, power-boating, jet skiers and popular tourist's beaches. Harwich has a lifeboat history dating from 1876 and has been home to the first steam lifeboat "Duke of Northumberland” in 1890 and in 1996 the first Severn class lifeboat to be stationed in England was at Harwich.
Today there are two lifeboats stationed at Harwich the off-shore Severn class lifeboat “Albert Brown” and the inshore Atlantic 75 lifeboat “Sure and Steadfast”. In 2002 saw the completion of a new boathouse that provides crew training facilities, houses the in-shore lifeboat, public viewing area and souvenir shop. The two lifeboats cover area from Walton-on-the-Naze to Aldeburgh and 50 miles off-shore, this includes the various different rivers such as the Deben, Ore and Walton-back-waters. This all leads to a very busy lifeboat station with an average of 100 services every year, this keeps the crews and lifeboats very busy.
This web site will provide you a better understanding of the latest services, history, activities and information about the work accomplished at the Harwich Lifeboat Station .
18/11/2013 - Harwich Lifeboat returns from Refit
Harwich Lifeboat, Albert Brown 17-03 has just returned after an intensive refit which included the installation of new MTU Engines and updated equipment thoughout the boat.
During the time the Harwich Lifeboat has been away, two other Severn Class Lifeboats have been on relief duty, starting with Volunteer Spirit 17-27 (Caterpillar Engines) and later, The Will 17-02 (MTU Engines), allowing the station and relief mechanics to become familiar with the new engines.
From time to time, Lifeboats from other stations pass through Harwich on the way to and from a local marina where repairs and maintenance are carried out on different classes of Lifeboat. Last week, Harwich Lifeboat and the covering relief were joined at Harwich by Newhaven Lifeboat, on trials after maintenance.
This gave a sight rarely seen at stations around the coast, with 17-02, 17-03 and the Newhaven Lifeboat David and Elizabeth Acland, 17-21, all alongside at Harwich.
Pictured (News Page), three Severn class Lifeboats at Harwich, and the new Engines and fit out in 17-03. Credit Harwich RNLI Assistant Mechanic Andrew Moors, and Peter Eadie.
ILB - 19/11/2013 1120-1200
The Inshore Lifeboat was called out at 11.20am on Tuesday 19th November following a report of a person cut off by the tide.
The Fire Service and an Ambulance had also been tasked to an area close to West End Lane, Dovercourt, and the Caravan Park.
As the Lifeboat arrived on scene, the individual had been recovered by the Fire Service and the Lifeboat was stood down.
By 12.00pm, the Lifeboat had returned to station and was refuelled and made ready for service.
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