Weymouth Lifeboat Station
Weymouth Lifeboat Station is one of the busiest Lifeboat stations on the coast, undertaking around 100 ‘shouts’ a year, split equally between ‘Ernest and Mabel’ (Severn class Lifeboat) and ‘Phyl Clare III’ (Atlantic 75) covering 1330 square nautical miles.
Like every Lifeboat Station in the UK and Ireland we are run and funded by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, an organisation funded entirely through voluntary contributions.
Weymouth lifeboats are ready 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with a doctor if required, to go to the aid of those who find themselves in danger at sea. The lifeboats work closely with the coastguards and their helicopter as and when the need arises. Since the lifeboat station opened in 1869 Weymouth lifeboats have launched some 1700 times and have saved over 800 lives.
Weymouth station has a full time coxswain and mechanic plus 23 volunteer crew to man the ALB and ILB. A list of all crew members and previous coxswain can be found by clicking the appropriate menu links.
Weymouth Lifeboat Station History
In 1868, the Earl of Strafford offered to fund a lifeboat to replace the one that had been at Portland between 1826 and 1851. The offer was accepted and on the 26 January 1869 the lifeboat station was opened and the town's first lifeboat, the Agnes Harriet, was named at a ceremony held on the sands in front of a large crowd. Read More ...
Weymouth Lifeboat Station Awards
The RNLI, when considered appropriate, awarded medals for outstanding achievements in saving life at sea; seven medals have been awarded to members of the Weymouth lifeboat crew, and a further seven to nonlifeboat personnel.
The first crew member to be rewarded with a medal was coxswain Fred Palmer in 1948. The next year he, and mechanic James McDermott, were awarded medals. Read more . . .
Weymouth Lifeboat Station Shop
Open from end of March to November Shop located at Lifeboat Station. Opening Times: 10:30am to 4pm weather permitting. Please call the shop if you plan to make a special visit. Tel No 01305 759 117