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

14/06/2014 - Harwich Sea Festival and Lifeboat Day

This years Sea Festival and Lifeboat Day is to be held on Sunday 27th July. The Lifeboat Station including both lifeboats will be open to the public, to walk around and meet the volunteer crew and officials.

Displays just off Harwich Quay will include RNLI Lifeguards, Fire Tugs, and an Air Sea Rescue display with the RAF Sea King from Wattisham and both Harwich Lifeboats.

The RNLI Sea Safety unit, a Coastguard Mobile unit and many more stalls will be outside the Lifeboat station.

The build up starts on Saturday with the return of a collection of modern and vintage Rolls Royce cars parked ourside the Lifeboat station. Weather permitting, the cars will be available to the public between 11.00am and 4.00pm.

More information can be found on the Harwich Sea Festival and Lifeboat Day website. http://www.harwichseafestival.co.uk

Latest Service

ILB - 24/07/2014 1755-1910

While the crew were preparing for a Casualty Care Exercise on Thursday evening, the inshore lifeboat was requested to launch to assist a yacht with engine failure just outside the harbour.

The lifeboat was on the way within just a couple of minutes and on arrival at the scene, a tow was setup. The yacht was towed safely to Shotley marina where repairs could be carried out.

The inshore lifeboat was then released to join the all weather lifeboat on exercise in the river Orwell.

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