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 .
12/01/2014 - Harwich Lifeboats exercise with neighbouring stations
On Sunday morning, 12 January, both Harwich RNLI lifeboats took part in an exercise with lifeboats from two neighbouring lifeboat stations.
The exercise took place just off Walton-on-the-Naze with the Walton and Frinton all weather lifeboat and the two inshore lifeboats from Clacton-on-Sea. It is not uncommon for neighbouring RNLI lifeboat stations to work together in dealing with incidents at sea each year. Taking part in joint exercises allows the volunteer crews to become familiar with the lifeboats based as neighbouring stations and therefore maximise the effectiveness of working together during a real incident.
There was a rare opportunity for members of the public to see five RNLI lifeboats together off the coast of Walton. Despite the unbroken sunshine, the morning was very chilly, with the wind making for some interesting conditions at sea.
Picture (on News page) - Walton and Frinton Tamar class all weather lifeboat, Clacton-on-Sea Atlantic 85 B class inshore lifeboat and D class inshore lifeboat, and the Harwich Atlantic 75 B class inshore lifeboat. The image was taken from the Harwich Severn class all weather lifeboat.
ILB - 01/02/2014 1150-1320
Shortly before midday on 1 February, the inshore lifeboat was launched to assist a broken down vessel.
The vessel was quickly located at Stone Banks and was taken in tow to the safety of Titchmarsh marina.
By 1.20pm, the inshore lifeboat had returned to station and was refuelled and made ready for service.
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