Harwich Lifeboat Station

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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 .


Station News

23/08/2014 - Harwich Lifeboat Cheque Presentation

A cheque for £75000 was presented to Harwich RNLI lifeboat station on Wednesday 20th August 2014.

The cheque from Trish and Dave Leggett was handed over to the stations operations manager, Capt. Rod Shaw MBE (The bequest of Yvonne and Bob Beardsley-Colmer).

Capt. Shaw thanked all present for the donation, which he explained would be used for updated crew equipment and crew training.

Latest Service

ILB - 18/08/2014 0915-1130

On Tuesday morning, the inshore lifeboat was launched to a vessel in difficulty in the Walton Backwater, close to Horsey Island.

The lifeboat made its way in to the Backwater with the tide ebbing and quickly located the vessel. The vessel had been reported as having six adults and four children on board.

The vessel and occupants were taken safely to Titchmarsh marina.

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