Sidmouth Lifeboat Profile
Sidmouth Lifeboat is one of the 40+ independent lifeboats around the UK. We are responsible for maritime safety off the coast of East Devon roughly from Budleigh Salterton to Axmouth and out to sea for ten miles or more. We are controlled, like all other lifeboats, by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency who may and do call us to emergencies out of area. As an independent operation we receive no funding from Government, the Lottery or any other national organisation.
We are wholly staffed by volunteers with no paid staff at all. The crew are all highly trained both in seamanship and medical emergencies. They give their time 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We can operate in almost all weather conditions even though we have to launch from the open beach.
The number of call outs varies from year to year but averages around 22. We have saved people from high cliffs, gone out 14 miles to rescue divers and a disabled dive boat, rescued sailors whose engines have broken, some who have run out of fuel and some who were sinking.
Our lifeboat station is at one end of a long promenade and our launch site at the other! This means the boat, on a trailer, is towed by an immersible tractor along the promenade to launch. Despite this our average response time (as measured by the Coastguard) from alert to launch is about seven minutes.
The tractor and trailer have to be specially built and adapted and, due to the effect of salt water, have a life of only about 8 or 9 years. We have recently bought a new boat at a total cost of over £120,000 and have also replaged the tractor and trailer. The next project is to expand the boathouse to provide proper crew training facilities and hot showers to warm them up after long callouts in the winter. In addition it costs over £40,000 p.a. to keep the service running.
The Lifeboat Station is open to visitors every day throughout the year except Christmas Day. The boat and its interior can be viewed from a specially constructed viewing platform and there are plenty of information boards and volunteers on hand to answer questions. Please feel free to come and visit us.
Sidmouth Lifeboat Locality of Operation
Sidmouth Lifeboat Areas of Benefit
The Lifeboat Station, The Esplanade
Tel - 01395 514071
Websites and Email Contact
The website of Sidmouth Lifeboat is - http://www.sidmouthlifeboat.org.uk
Number of Trustees
The total number at Sidmouth Lifeboat is 5+
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