Welcome to Plymouth Lifeboat Station's Website!
Plymouth is home to two lifeboats, the larger All Weather Lifeboat, named Sybil Mullen Glover and the smaller but faster Inshore Lifeboat, named Millenium Forester. Based in Millbay Marina, both lifeboats provide cover 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to the Port of Plymouth, including the rivers Tamar, Lyhner, Tavy, Plym, Yealm and Erme; and the surrounding coastline into both Bigbury and Whitsand Bays. Plymouth Lifeboat Station is part of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, which is funded entirely by donations. Plymouth is a busy station attending a large variety of incidents each year, more details of which are listed here on the website, under 'Shouts'.
This website is updated soon after every incident, along with our Facebook and Twitter pages. Many of the station's videos can also be found on YouTube.
So far in 2014 - ALB 8 and ILB 5 - TOTAL 13
Saturday 1st March - 19:21 - ILB - Report of red flares being sighted north of the Tamar Bridge. ILB completed a search of the area along with MOD Police. It was later established that kids on the shore had been responsible for letting off the flares.
Saturday 22nd Feb - 03:50 - ILB - Launched to a person in the water near The Barbican, the person was pulled from the water by the fire service and handed to the ambulance service.
Plymouth RNLI team assist as sports boat catches fire
Author: Tamsin Thomas
The volunteer crew of the Plymouth all-weather lifeboat launched this afternoon (Wednesday 22 January) after a sports boat caught fire. The three people onboard the vessel were taken off by a police
boat that was in the area, but the RNLI team then assisted fire fighters before securing the wreckage.
The pagers sounded at 2.50pm following reports of a boat on fire off Picklecombe in Plymouth Sound. As the RNLI volunteers raced to the scene onboard the Severn class all-weather lifeboat Sybil Mullen Glover the three people onboard the sports boat were taken off by police who patrol in the area onboard their rigid inflatable boat (RIB).
The Plymouth fire boat had also been tasked, along with a harbour tug, and the RNLI team assisted in the fire fighting work for a period of time. They then stood by until the fire was out before mooring the wreckage at a safe point inside the Plymouth breakwater so it can be recovered tomorrow.
Dave Milford, RNLI Coxswain at Plymouth, says it was a good example of a successful multi-agency reaction:
‘It’s at times like this that the various emergency services work together to ensure lives are safe on the waters around Plymouth. Thanks to the efforts of all those involved the people from the boat are safe and the fire is out. We were helped by the benign conditions, thankfully there was only a light breeze and it was calm.’
Plymouth lifeboat braves rough weather to join search for a missing man
Author: Barry Perrins
Just after 2pm this afternoon (3 January 2014), volunteers at Plymouth lifeboat station launched the lifeboat into rough seas to help with a missing person search in the River Yealm.
A coastguard shore team and search and rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose also joined the search.
Sea conditions worsened, making a sea serach impossible and the Plymouth lifeboat was stood down. The coastguard team and helicopter continued searching for another hour.
Within half an hour of returning to the Plymouth lifeboat station, the volunteers were called out again to help search Plymouth Sound after reports that a kayaker was in difficulties.
A video taken from this incident can be found here