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

10/03/2014 - Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (Good Hope Lodge) present cheque to Harwich Lifeboat Station

The RAOB (Good Hope Lodge) Harwich presented a cheque for £250.00 to Harwich RNLI Lifeboat Station on Monday 10th March on behalf of the family of Mr Ron Paternoster "a good brother of the order".

Adrian Scheele, Lifeboat Treasurer received the cheque on behalf of the station.

Harwich Lifeboat Station would like to thank the RAOB (Good Hope Lodge) and the family of Ron Paternoster.

Photo (News Page): Adrian Scheele (Lifeboat Treasurer), Graham Crockett (ROAB Member), and family friend of Ron.

Latest Service

ILB - 16/04/2014 1840-1955

At 6.40pm on Wednesday 16 April, the inshore lifeboat was launched following reports of a yacht aground with a person in the water.

The lifeboat was quickly on scene at the position close to the entrance of the river Orwell and immediately recovered one person from the water. The individual, suffering from the effects of the cold, was taken to the Port of Felixstowe and passed in to the care of an Ambulance crew for transfer to hospital.

With the tide rising, the inshore lifeboat returned to the scene to tow the yacht to the safety of Ha'Penny Pier, preventing the vessel from becoming a hazard to navigation.

The lifeboat returned to station just before 8pm.

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