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Aberystwyth Lifeboat Station

Aberystwyth Lifeboat Station

Situated in one of the main holiday resorts of Cardigan Bay, Aberystwyth Lifeboat Station has operated for over 150 years. Today’s lifeboat is the inshore B class Atlantic 85. During it history the crews have been honoured with 13 awards for gallantry.

​This station is classed as an Observe station. Observe stations also welcome visitors but many are in inaccessible places and best suited to maritime rescue rather than visits. However, they are situated in stunning locations so why not enjoy the local area, using the station as a starting point?

 

Recent launches from this station

Date Time
19/04/2014 20:08
17/04/2014 21:33
11/04/2014 19:30
15/03/2014 17:41
14/03/2014 19:22
09/03/2014 15:03
27/02/2014 16:33
20/02/2014 18:46
04/01/2014 10:07
01/01/2014 07:32

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Station address

Aberystwyth Lifeboat Station
Town Quay
Aberystwyth
Cardiganshire
SY23 1JY

Station telephone

01970 612478

Station opening times

By appointment only or Sunday 10am–1pm

 

 

Visitor contact

Mr Paul McCann

Visitor contact telephone

07787 785614

 

 

Shop opening times

Easter–October

Monday–Sunday
11am–4pm

November
Sunday
11am–4pm

Appledore ILB crew members. Left to right, Martin Davis, Gary Stanbury and Andrew HalletSpecific crew member details for this lifeboat station are not available here at the moment.

More than 4,800 lifeboat crew members around the UK and RoI drop everything when their pagers go off, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Only 1 in 10 crew members has a professional maritime occupation. Men and women of all ages and all walks of life crew the RNLI lifeboats around our coasts and waterways.

  • The casualty's are winched safely into Rescue 122 from RAF Valley

    Another Successful Rescue

  • HM Coastguard secure the two casualty's to 'cliff lines'

    HM Coastguard secure casualty's

  • Cliff Rescue team secure casualty's to cliff lines.

    HM Coastguard secure casualty's

  • 'Cliff Man' Iwan descending the cliff face

    HM Coastguard

  • Members Aberystwyth and Borth Coastguard Teams on the summit of Constitution Hill

    HM Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team

  • The casualty being winched from the Cliff Face at Constitution Hill Aberystwyth into Rescue 122

    Rescue 122 at Constitution Hill Aberystwyth

  • Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

    Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

  • Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

    Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

  • Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

    Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

  • Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

    Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

  • Flood rescue team

    Flood rescue team

  • Waves engulf man subject of rescue on the wooden walkway at South Marine Terrace, Aberystwyth

    Aberystwyth Lifeboat Rescue

  • Aberystwyth RNLI Lifeboat Rescue man trapped by waves on wooden walkway

    Aberystwyth RNLI Lifeboat Rescue

  • Aberystwyth Lifeboat Rescues man from wooden walkway

    Aberystwyth RNLI Lifeboat

  • Aberystwyth Lifeboat Launching

    Aberystwyth RNLI Lifeboat

  • Aberystwyth RNLI Lifeboat launching.

    Aberystwyth Lifeboat

  • Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboat volunteers hope to build on the success of the SOS Bakeoff by inviting members of the public to join members of the crew in the final two weeks of the competition.

    Aberystwyth RNLI Lifeboat Crew’s SOS Challenge for Public

  • Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboat volunteers hope to build on the success of the SOS Bakeoff by inviting members of the public to join members of the crew in the final two weeks of the competition.

    Aberystwyth RNLI Lifeboat Crew’s SOS Challenge for Public

  • Helmets are off and oven gloves and aprons are on as Aberystwyth RNLI volunteers prepare for the SOS Great Aber Lifeboat Bake Off.

    Ready, steady - bake for the RNLI

  • The Atlantic 85 Class lifeboat 'Spirit of Friendship' returning to Aberystwyth with the disabled powerboat under tow.

    Recsued power boat returning to Aberystwyth Marina

  • Recued yacht returning to Aberystwyth Marina under tow from Aberystwyth RNLI Lifeboat 'Spirit of Friendship.'

    Rescued Yacht returning to harbour

  • Aberystwyth RNLI crew during flag collection

    Aberystwyth RNLI crew during flag collection

  • Aberystwyth Coastguard Cliff Rescue Team member Iwan Davies rescuing the downed Para glider Pilot on Constitution Hill, Aberystwyth

    Aberystwyth Coatguard Team Recuing Paraglider

  • Aberystwyth RNLI Helm Emily Foot and crew members on route to rescue 'Sky' and her owner trapped by the incoming tide below Constitution Hill, Aberystwyth

    Aberystwyth Lifeboat on route to Constitution Hill

  • RNLI Volunteer Crew member Sam Wallace ensures that the most recent casualty is well cared for at Aberystwyth Lifeboat Station

    Rescued Casualty 'Sky' with RNLI Crewmember Sam Wallace

  • Mark Morgan, chair of Aberystwyth RNLI presented a Certificate of Thanks to Shrewsbury Police Choir following a concert at Newtown Football Club to raise funds for Aberystwyth Lifeboat Station. Dewi Williams Newtown RNLI Chairman and Cllr Val Howard, (former mayor of Newtown) organised the event.

    Concert supports Aberystwyth RNLI

  • RNLI CE visits Aberystwyth

    RNLI CE visits Aberystwyth

  • D class in action in Mozambique

    D class in action in Mozambique

  • D class in action at Cockermouth in 2009

    D class in action at Cockermouth in 2009

  • Modern D-class in action

    Modern D class in action

  • Aberystwyth All-weather lifeboat

    Aberystwyth All-weather lifeboat

  • D class lifeboat at Aberystwyth

    D class at Aberystwyth

  • Porthcawl RNLI lifeboat

    Porthcawl RNLI lifeboat

  • Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboat rescues man who fell 30ft

    Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboat rescues man who fell 30ft

  • Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboat assists ambulance crew in rescuing climber

    Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboat assists ambulance crew in rescuing climber

  • Late night call for Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboat crew

    Late night call for Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboat crew

  • Dolphins come out to play with Aberystwyth RNLI

    Dolphins come out to play with Aberystwyth RNLI

  • Dolphins come out to play with Aberystwyth RNLI

    Dolphins come out to play with Aberystwyth RNLI

  • RNLI Flood Rescue Team at the multi-agency exercise ‘Watermark’ in Bala in 2011.

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team prepare for major flooding exercise in north Wales

  • Councillor Howard at the blessing of Aberystwyth’s new RNLI arancia lifeboat earlier this year.

    Councillor Howard at the blessing of Aberystwyth’s new RNLI arancia lifeboat earlier this year.

  • Councillor Howard at the blessing of Aberystwyth’s new RNLI arancia lifeboat earlier this year.

    Councillor Howard at the blessing of Aberystwyth’s new RNLI arancia lifeboat earlier this year.

  • Blue Peter presenter joins RNLI Flood Rescue Team for special training exercise

    Blue Peter presenter joins RNLI Flood Rescue Team for special training exercise

  • After a busy winter the RNLI Flood Rescue Team volunteers recently met in Anglesey to practice their lifesaving skills.

    Blue Peter presenter joins RNLI Flood Rescue Team for special training exercise

  • RNLI Flood Rescue Team takes part in major emergency training exercise

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team takes part in major emergency training exercise

  • RNLI Flood Rescue Team set for major training exercise.

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team set for major training exercise.

  • New RNLI lifeboat sails in for Sunday service at Aberystwyth

    RNLI crew at Aberystwyth with their new lifeboat

  • Fall from the sky for the RNLI

    Fall from the sky for the RNLI

  • Testing their tootsies to the max for the RNLI

    Testing their tootsies to the max for the RNLI

  • New Quay and Aberystwyth RNLI practice their first aid skills.

    New Quay and Aberystwyth RNLI practice their first aid skills.

  • Ceredigion welcomes back RNLI lifeguards

    Ceredigion welcomes back RNLI lifeguards

  • Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboat assists inflatable dinghy

    Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboat assists inflatable dinghy

  • Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboat assists divers caught in rip tide

    Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboat assists divers caught in rip tide

  • Aberystwyth lifeboat crew feel the heat

    Aberystwyth lifeboat crew feel the heat

  • Aberystwyth lifeboat crew in trans-Atlantic rescue

    Aberystwyth lifeboat crew in trans-Atlantic rescue

  • Welsh RNLI lifeboat station gives national fundraising day a Scottish flavour

    Welsh RNLI lifeboat station gives national fundraising day a Scottish flavour

  • A busy Sunday morning for Borth lifeboat volunteers

    A busy Sunday morning for Borth lifeboat volunteers

  • Two RNLI stations hooked by fisherman memorial

    Two RNLI stations hooked by fisherman memorial

  • Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboats night search following ‘red flare’ alert

    Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboats night search following ‘red flare’ alert

  • Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboat station open day success

    Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboat station open day success-2

  • Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboat station open day success

    Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboat station open day success-1

  • Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboat station open day success

    Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboat station open day success

  • Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboat launches to reports of child adrift in dinghy

    Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboat launches to reports of child adrift in dinghy

  • Aberystwyth RNLI volunteers go to the aid of yacht in distress

    Aberystwyth RNLI volunteers go to the aid of yacht in distress

  • Following on from the wettest summer since 1912 *, volunteers from the RNLI Flood Rescue Team (FRT) from Wales are taking part in a specialist flood water exercise in Anglesey to refresh their skills and prepare them for future flooding events.

    Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team exercise in Anglesey

  • RNLI volunteers bring 43 members of the public to safety in St Asaph flooding

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team during St Asaph flooding

  • RNLI Flood Rescue Team evacuate people in North Wales floods

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team during a training exercise in Anglesey earlier this month

  • RNLI volunteers continue flood training after wettest summer for 100 years

    Members of the Wales and West Flood Rescue Team

  • Welsh RNLI lifeboat crew in lifesaving rescue miles from home

    Aberystwyth's RNLI lifeboat

  • Welsh RNLI lifeboat crew in lifesaving rescue miles from home

    Aberystwyth RNLI volunteer Alex Evans

  • Wind and rain results in fewer launches for Welsh RNLI lifeboat crews

    Trearddur Bay RNLI Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Hereford Endeavour

  • Aberystwyth RNLI lifeboat station flag day raises £530

    Aberystwyth RNLI volunteers taking part in the annual RNLI Flag Day

  • Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team assist flood-hit communities in Somerset

  • Aberystwyth RNLI Lifeboat Rescue Photographer caught in Waves

  • Ready, steady - bake for the RNLI

  • Aberystwyth rescues teenager cut off by tide

  • Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team take part in specialist flood water exercise in Anglesey

 

Image of lifeboat
 

 

Lifeboat name: Spirit of Friendship

Lifeboat class: B class

Funded by: Bequest of Miss Joan Bate of Wolverhampton

Read more about the B class

When this station was established it completed the chain of lifeboats on that part of the Welsh coast.  Following collections in the town, a small lifeboat was purchased in 1843 and placed under the control of the Harbour Master.  It was a small craft, 27ft long, with six oars, and was housed in a boathouse near the harbour.  No record exists regarding the number of services this lifeboat carried out.

In February 1861, a public meeting was held to establish a branch of the RNLI.  Rev John Williams was appointed Honorary Secretary.  A ten-oared double-banked lifeboat, on the self-righting principle, was sent to station in October 1861, complete with transporting carriage and complete equipment.  The inaugural launch of the RNLB Evelyn Wood took place early in November 1861.

In 1963 Aberystwyth was the first station to be equipped with an inshore lifeboat.  Placed on service in May, the first rescue was on 3 June.  In October 1964 the offshore lifeboat was withdrawn.

1866
Silver Medal awarded to Watkin Lewis of Aberystwyth, in acknowledgement of his gallant conduct in swimming out, at the peril of his life, to effect a communication with the schooner Rebecca of Bridgewater that was wrecked off Aberystwyth on 25 March 1866 and afterwards helping to save her crew of six people.  Also for wading into the surf at Aberystwyth and saving his own father, who, in endeavouring to save the life of another person, had been carried out to sea on 10 September.

1875
New lifeboat house constructed at a cost of £250.

1877
Crew member John James died from exhaustion after a long service to a schooner on 20 February.  The Committee of Management voted £120 to local fund in aid of the widow and two children.

1880
On returning to the shore after going off to the distressed brig Julia, the lifeboat under sail capsized after being struck by a sudden squall.  Fortunately all the crew regained the boat.

1898
Slipway was reconstructed.

1912
During a severe gale the heavy sea damaged the slipway and lifted a portion about 18 inches, the piles being drawn out of the ground.

1954
Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum were accorded to Coxswain Baden P Davies, for the rescue of three people from the fishing vessel Lindy Lou of Aberdovey on 26 July.

1962
Vellum awarded to station.

1963
A D-class lifeboat sent to station in May.

1964
Conventional lifeboat withdrawn from station 31 October and permanent inshore lifeboat station established.

1970
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Messrs A Blair, M Nichol and K Stone for the rescue of a bather on 1 September.

1976
Bronze Medal awarded to Alan Blair, a member of the crew of the inshore lifeboat, in recognition of the courage and determination displayed by him when he swam from the motor fishing vessel Western Seas and dived repeatedly in an attempt to rescue two men who were trapped in the cabin of the capsized motor cruiser Annabel II about 60 yards from the north harbour arm on 22 February 1976.

1978
A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution awarded to Robert Goorman, a member of the inshore lifeboat crew, who put out in his fishing vessel Lona on 6 December and took a sailing boat and a college rescue boat in tow in a south easterly gale.  The sailing boat had capsized and the college rescue boat’s engine had broken down.  The four people rescued required medical assistance.

1980
Two doctors from a local hospital called at the lifeboat house on the evening of 10 April seeking the use of a boat to collect some clean seawater.  A nine-year old patient, who had had pneumonia, had developed severe congestion in his bronchial passages, which the doctors believed could be eased by inhalation of vaporised seawater.  The inshore lifeboat was launched and one gallon of seawater was collected from well out in Cardigan Bay.  The unusual treatment had immediate beneficial effect on the boy.

1984
The class of lifeboat changed from D to C.

1985
A Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution awarded to Helmsman Alan Blair, in recognition of his commendable action on 3 July when he dived into the sea near a public slipway at Blackpill when en route to the home of the Mumbles coxswain following the Naming Ceremony of the new Mumbles lifeboat and rescued a young girl who got into difficulties whilst playing in the sea with a polystyrene board some 20 to 25 yards offshore.

1991
Bronze Medals were awarded to Peter Heading, Helmsman of the C class lifeboat and crew member Robert Gorman, skipper of the fishing vessel Seren-Y-Mor for the service on 18 September 1990 when the sole occupant of the vessel Otter was rescued and the craft was saved one mile outside of Aberystwyth Harbour in a Force 7 wind and steep sea.  The lifeboat took the yacht in tow after transferring crew member Michael Harris to the Otter and rendezvoused with the fishing vessel Seren-Y-Mor in a position ¾ of a mile west by south of the harbour.  The Seren-Y-Mor took over the tow and the yacht was successfully taken into the harbour.  Crew member Michael Harris was accorded the Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum for his part in this service when he boarded the yacht from the lifeboat established a tow and took over the helm of the Otter.  Framed letters of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution were presented to David Davies and Martin Porter, members of the lifeboat crew, and Alan Blair, Brian Slack, Bryan Pugh-Jones and Sandro James, members of the Seren-Y-Mor crew.  The Ralph Glister Award was awarded to the crew for his service.

1993
New boathouse constructed for the station’s new Atlantic 21 lifeboat.  As well as housing the Atlantic 21 lifeboat and launching tractor coupled-in-line, it also includes a fuel store and improved crew facilities.

The C class lifeboat withdrawn and replaced by an Atlantic 21 class lifeboat on 24 June.

1994
Atlantic class lifeboat withdrawn on 30 March and replaced by a new Atlantic 75 class lifeboat.

2007
The new Atlantic 85 class lifeboat B-822 Spirit of Friendship was placed on service on 17 October.  Lifeboat B-704has been withdrawn

2009
A boathouse adaptation was completed to widen the doors at a cost of £10,000

2010
The Trustees of the RNLI at their meeting on 3 November confirmed an anniversary Vellum to acknowledge the completion of 150 years service as a lifeboat station for 2011

MEDAL RECORD
One Silver Medal and three Bronze Medals have been awarded, the last being voted in 1991.