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 40 and ILB 46 - TOTAL 86
Sunday 14th September - 11:37 - ALB - Dismasted yacht approx. 15nm SW of Plymouth. The lifeboat crew worked to secure the rigging and after a 5 hour tow by the lifeboat, the yacht was berthed at Mayflower Marina in Plymouth.
Saturday 6th September - 12:05 - Both Boats - Whilst on exercise the Lifeboats were asked to search the area between Cawsand Bay and Whitsand Bay for a RIB. A family member ashore was concerned as they could no longer contact the occupants. Search conducted but the vessel was not in the area, stood down as there was no concern for their safety.
Author: Barry Perrins
It has been a non-stop few days for both of the Plymouth RNLI lifeboats.
Since Saturday (2 August) the all-weather lifeboat and the inshore lifeboat have been kept busy. Call-outs included rendering assistance to three people cut off by the tide at Jennycliff Bay, a capsized dinghy and the rescue of a yacht that had lost its mast and rigging near Plymouth Sound.
On Sunday (3 August) Plymouth lifeboat, who normally are based at Millbay Marina, held their annual open day at Royal William Yard. With the aid of beautiful weather, many people came to the event and were able to come and look at their local lifeboats and meet the volunteer crews.
Later in the afternoon Plymouth's inshore lifeboat was called to a shout. This provided the public with the opportunity to witness the lifeboat Millennium Forester in action as she scrambled to a real live rescue situation.
We are currently looking for Volunteer Retail Assistants to help in the Plymouth RNLI gift shop located on Southside Street, The Barbican. The RNLI shop sells a wide range of items, all to raise valuable funds in support of the Plymouth Lifeboat. Please see the article below for more information:
Our Plymouth RNLI gift shop needs you! - 15/04/2014
The RNLI operates 132 shops based inland and on the coast across the UK and Ireland, attracting almost 1 million visitors every year selling an excellent range of unique and competitively priced products ranging from jams to key-rings and buckets to sweatshirts, all to raise vital funds for our volunteer crew members and lifeguards.
For many people, buying something from an RNLI shop will be the first time that they come into contact with our Charity, and as an RNLI Volunteer Retail Assistant you could be the person that engages them to support us now, and in the future.
The Volunteer Retail Assistant Role will offer experience of customer service, stock display, replenishment, housekeeping and cash handling as well as the knowledge that you are helping to save lives at sea by raising crucial funds for the charity.
We are looking for enthusiastic people who perhaps want to gain some retail experience whilst knowing that they are helping the charity that saves lives at sea.
This is a volunteer opportunity within the RNLI. RNLI volunteers are people who, unpaid and of their own free will, contribute their time, energy and skills to support the purposes of the RNLI. RNLI volunteers may perform a variety of tasks and duties, under direction and guidance, using their skills, knowledge and time to help the RNLI best achieve its objectives.
We respect and honour our volunteers by building trust and understanding. Such a partnership is not intended to be a legally binding contract or to have mutuality of obligation, but instead express a voluntary two-way commitment where everyone gains satisfaction from being part of our organisation.
If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Retail Assistant here in Plymouth, please either enquire locally within the shop itself or alternatively please contact Plymouth Lifeboat Station on 01752 662623 or email@example.com where someone will be able to pass on your details to our Volunteer Retail Manager.
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:
Its 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