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Angle Lifeboat Station

Angle Lifeboat Station

For nearly 140 years, Angle has launched its all-weather lifeboat down a slipway into the waters of Milford Haven. It is one of 21 stations that operate a slipway-launched lifeboat. The station also has an inshore D class lifeboat.

​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?

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17/10/2014 18:36
28/09/2014 11:43
28/09/2014 11:39
24/09/2014 23:36
20/09/2014 01:34
08/09/2014 18:25
26/08/2014 14:23
23/08/2014 16:22
04/08/2014 18:44
03/08/2014 07:39

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Station address

Angle Lifeboat Station
Angle Point
Angle
Pembrokeshire
SA71 5AT

Station telephone

01646 641204

Station opening times

9am–1pm every weekday

Accessibility

Parking 

Visitor contact

Richard Bowles

Visitor contact telephone

01646 641204

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 yacht which was escorted to safety on Tuesday (26 August) by RNLI Angle's all weather relief lifeboat

    Yacht escorted to safety by RNLI Angle lifeboat

  • RNLI Angle's Tamar class all weather lifeboat Mark Mason

    RNLI Angle all weather lifeboat

  • RNLI Angle trainees Michael Higgins and Carl Morgan with Coxswain Lewis Creese

    RNLI Angle trainees Michael Higgins and Carl Morgan

  • Tenby RNLI thank Valero for fuel donation

    Tenby RNLI thank Valero for fuel donation

  • Angle RNLI crew thank Valero for fuel donation

    Angle RNLI crew thank Valero for fuel donation

  • Liverpool class lifeboat The Chieftain at RNLI Angle open day

    Liverpool class lifeboat The Chieftain

  • Liverpool class lifeboat The Always Ready at RNLI Angle open day

    Liverpool class The Always Ready

  • RNLI Angle's former Watson class lifeboat at the open day

    RNLI Angle's former Watson lifeboat

  • RNLI Angle's Tamar launches to join parade of veteran lifeboats

    RNLI Angle Tamar launch

  • Tyne, Tamar and Watson lifeboats at RNLI Angle's open day

    RNLI Angle open day Tyne, Tamar and Watson

  • RNLI history spanning over 80 years as veteran lifeboats parade at RNLI Angle's open day.

    RNLI Angle open day line-up of six lifeboats

  • The Tamar class lifeboat Peter and Lesley-Jane Nicholson on relief duty at RNLI Angle

    RNLI Angle's relief all weather lifeboat

  • The RNLI Tamar class all weather lifeboat Peter and Lesley-Jane Nicholson on relief duty at Angle

    RNLI Angle's relief all weather lifeboat

  • The Tamar class all weather lifeboat Peter and Lesley-Jane Nicholson, which is now on relief duty at RNLI Angle

    RNLI Angle's relief all weather lifeboat

  • The veteran ketch under tow to Dale Roads by RNLI Angle's all weather relief lifeboat Peter and Lesley-Jane Nicholson

    RNLI Angle lifeboat tows the veteran ketch

  • RNLI Angle hosts the Sea Sunday service

    RNLI Angle hosts Sea Sunday service

  • RNLI Angle volunteers ashore with their Y Boat on Skokholm Island to evacuate the injured woman.

    Angle lifeboat Skokholm Island evacuation

  • RNLI Angle’s all weather lifeboat in West Angle Bay after a drifting yacht went ashore.

    Angle lifeboat with yacht West Angle Bay

  • Angle RNLI rescue man forced to abandon vessel after running aground

    Angle RNLI rescue man forced to abandon vessel after running aground

  • RNLI Angle's all-weather Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason.

    RNLI Angle's all-weather lifeboat.

  • The picture shows RNLI Angle’s all weather Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason.

    Angle all-weather lifeboat launching

  • The picture shows Piper Karl Wainwright with (left to right) RNLI Angle Coxswain Lewis Creese, Crew Member Dave Dillane and Assistant Mechanic/Full-time Crew, Lenny Howells.

    Piper joins RNLI Angle lifeboat in homage to D-Day veterans

  • The picture shows the first yacht being towed to safety by RNLI Angle’s all-weather lifeboat.

    Angle lifeboat tows the first yacht to safety

  • Angle RNLI volunteers were requested by Milford Haven Coastguard to launch the all-weather lifeboat at 6:28pm last night (Monday) after reports that a man had fallen off a tanker three miles south west off St Ann's Head, Pembrokeshire.

    Angle RNLL launch to reports of a man over board near St Ann’s Head

  • 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

  • The picture shows the operation in progress to airlift the unconscious crew member from the fishing vessel.

    The operation in progress to airlift the crew member from the fishing vessel.

  • Valero Public Affairs Manager Stephen Thornton with the RNLI crews of Angle

    Valero Public Affairs Manager Stephen Thornton with the RNLI crews of Angle

  • Valero Public Affairs Manager Stephen Thornton with the RNLI crew at Tenby

    Valero Public Affairs Manager Stephen Thornton with the Tenby RNLI crew

  • RNLI Angle's Tamar class all weather lifeboat which went to the aid of the crippled yacht.

    RNLI Angle all weather lifeboat

  • The broken down charter fishing vessel under tow by RNLI Angle's Tamar class all weather lifeboat on Sunday (25 August).

    Charter fishing vessel under tow by RNLI Angle lifeboat.

  • The photograph shows RNLI Angle crew members on board the yacht, with oxygen and first aid equipment, to assess the casualty who had been taken ill.

    RNLI Angle lifeboat evacuates yacht crew member

  • St Davids LPO

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • RNLB Garside

    St Davids RNLI lifeboat

  • RNLI Angle's all weather Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason.

    RNLI Angle's all weather lifeboat

  • The yacht aground off South Haven, Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire.

    RNLI Angle lifeboat aids yacht aground

  • RNLI Angle's all-weather lifeboat, with the crippled yacht alongside, at the entrance to Milford Docks lock pits.

    RNLI Angle shout 22 June

  • The picture shows new RNLI Angle Coxswain Lewis Creese (centre) with Mechanic Rich Bowles (right) and Lenny Howells, Assistant Mechanic and full-time Crew Member, on board the all weather Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason.

    New RNLI Angle Coxswain Lewis Creese with team

  • RNLI Angle's all weather Tamar class lifeboat Mark Mason.

    RNLI Angle's all weather lifeboat

  • RNLI crew member on stern of the Lady Helen

    RNLI crew member on stern of the Lady Helen

  • RNLI crew pump out the Lady Helen

    RNLI crew pump out the Lady Helen

  • Tamar lifeboat painting presented to Angle RNLI

    Tamar lifeboat painting presented to Angle RNLI

  • Ex-minesweeper towed to safety by Angle RNLI Tamar lifeboat

    Ex-minesweeper towed to safety by Angle RNLI Tamar lifeboat

  • Angle RNLI's Tamar class lifeboat tows yacht to safety

    Angle RNLI's Tamar class lifeboat tows yacht to safety

  • Ex-minesweeper towed to safety by Angle RNLI Tamar lifeboat

    Ex-minesweeper towed to safety by Angle RNLI Tamar lifeboat

  • Angle RNLI Tamar lifeboat tows yacht to safety

    Angle RNLI Tamar lifeboat tows yacht to safety

  • Pembrokeshire lifeboat woman joins RNLI lifeguard service

    Pembrokeshire lifeboat woman joins RNLI lifeguard service

  • Angle's new Tamar lifeboat completes marathon call-out to help yacht

    Angle's new Tamar lifeboat completes marathon call-out to help yacht

  • Three call-outs in busy weekend for Angle RNLI lifeboats

    Three call-outs in busy weekend for Angle RNLI lifeboats

  • Angle’s new £2.7M RNLI lifeboat to be officially named

    Angle’s new £2.7M RNLI lifeboat to be officially named

  • Angle's new Tamar lifeboat escorts fishing vessel to safety

    Angle's new Tamar lifeboat escorts fishing vessel to safety

  • Angle RNLI lifeboat in search for missing boy

    Angle RNLI lifeboat in search for missing boy

  • First shout for Angle's new Tamar class lifeboat

    First shout for Angle's new Tamar class lifeboat

  • 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

  • First shout for Angle's new Tamar class lifeboat

    First shout for Angle's new Tamar class lifeboat

  • RNLI Angle’s all weather lifeboat was at the centre of a major operation on Thursday (21 March) to evacuate an injured crewman from a French trawler over 20 miles off the Pembrokeshire coast.

    Angle RNLI launch to help evacuate French trawler

  • RNLI Angle's Tamar class relief lifeboat Victor Freeman and an RAF rescue helicopter with the French trawler during the operation to evacuate the injured fisherman.

    RNLI Angle trawler operation 2

  • RNLI Angle's Tamar class relief lifeboat Victor Freeman stands by the French trawler during the operation to evacuate the injured fisherman.

    RNLI Angle trawler operation 1

  • 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 volunteer Julian Hammond

    RNLI volunteer Julian Hammond

  • Angle RNLI lifeboat tows catamaran to safety

    Angle RNLI lifeboat tows catamaran to safety

  • Angle’s early morning service

    Angle’s early morning service

  • Pumpkin competition helps to launch Angle's RNLI lifeboats

    Pumpkin competition helps to launch Angle's RNLI lifeboats

  • Angle RNLI lifeboat station welcomes special guest

    Angle RNLI lifeboat station welcomes special guest

  • Marina visitors spot two RNLI Tamars

    Marina visitors spot two RNLI Tamars

  • Andy takes over the helm as Angle's new Coxswain

    Andy takes over the helm as Angle's new Coxswain

  • Angle's RNLI lifeboats alerted to yacht check

    Angle's RNLI lifeboats alerted to yacht check

  • RNLI volunteers storm home in charity dash

    RNLI volunteers storm home in charity dash

  • RNLI’s safety advice for visitors to the Welsh coast this August bank holiday

    RNLI’s safety advice for visitors to the Welsh coast this August bank holiday

  • RNLI supporters chart course to Three Peaks success

    RNLI supporters chart course to Three Peaks success

  • Angle RNLI lifeboat tows yacht to safety

    Angle RNLI lifeboat tows yacht to safety

  • Angle RNLI trio set for tough charity dash

    Angle RNLI trio set for tough charity dash

  • Angle all-weather lifeboat tows yacht to safety

    Angle all-weather lifeboat tows yacht to safety

  • Llangwm's Irish Sea rowers signal boost for Angle RNLI

    Llangwm's Irish Sea rowers signal boost for Angle RNLI

  • Angle all-weather lifeboat tows yacht to safety

    Angle all-weather lifeboat tows yacht to safety

  • Second Royal visitor for Angle lifeboat station

    Second Royal visitor for Angle lifeboat station

  • Second Royal visitor for Angle lifeboat station

    Second Royal visitor for Angle lifeboat station-3

  • Second Royal visitor for Angle lifeboat station

    Second Royal visitor for Angle lifeboat station-2

  • Second Royal visitor for Angle lifeboat station

    Second Royal visitor for Angle lifeboat station-1

  • Six call-outs in six days for Angle RNLI lifeboats

    Six call-outs in six days for Angle RNLI lifeboats

  • Fuel to save lives at sea

    Fuel to save lives at sea

  • RNLI Angle lifeboats lead yacht to safety in storm

    RNLI Angle lifeboats lead yacht to safety in storm

  • Thirteen brought to safety by Angle all-weather lifeboat

    Thirteen brought to safety by Angle all-weather lifeboat

  • Angle ILB alerted to check on yacht

    Angle ILB alerted to check on yacht

  • Angle lifeboat helps in major search for missing boy

    Angle lifeboat helps in major search for missing boy

  • Angle ILB helps in major search for missing boy

    Angle ILB helps in major search for missing boy

  • Two call-outs in a day for Angle's RNLI inshore lifeboat

    Two call-outs in a day for Angle's RNLI inshore lifeboat

  • Angle RNLI open day is a record breaker

    Angle RNLI open day is a record breaker

  • Yacht towed to safety by Angle RNLI lifeboat

    Yacht towed to safety by Angle RNLI lifeboat

  • Yacht 'Blue Moon' towed to safety by Angle RNLI lifeboat

    Yacht 'Blue Moon' towed to safety by Angle RNLI lifeboat

  • Angle inshore lifeboat aids teenage girl in beach rescue

    Angle inshore lifeboat aids teenage girl in beach rescue

  • Tamar will star at Angle lifeboat station open day

    Tamar will star at Angle lifeboat station open day

  • Round-the-world 'Roamer' towed to safety by RNLI Angle's Tamar

    Round-the-world 'Roamer' towed to safety by RNLI Angle's Tamar

  • Angle RNLI's inshore lifeboat tows powerboat to safety

    Angle RNLI's inshore lifeboat tows powerboat to safety

  • Angle RNLI lifeboats evacuate ill man from yacht

    Angle RNLI lifeboats evacuate ill man from yacht

  • Two Easter call-outs for Angle RNLI all-weather lifeboat

    Two Easter call-outs for Angle RNLI all-weather lifeboat-3

 

Image of lifeboat
 

 

Lifeboat name: Mark Mason

Lifeboat class: Tamar

Funded by: The Grand Lodge of Mark Master Mason

Read more about the Tamar


Image of lifeboat

 

Lifeboat name: Richard John Talbot Miller

Lifeboat class: D class

Read more about the D class

The station was established in 1868 and was called Milford until 1892.  In 1908 a second station was opened here, but this was closed again in 1910.

1833
Silver Medal awarded to Mr William Field for the rescue of 12 people from the Sicilian Brig Felicita that was wrecked in Sandy Haven Bay during the night of 19/20 February 1833.  The vessel, with her hull broken in two, all her masts gone and with surf breaking over her had survivors clinging to the lower rigging.  With the service of two volunteers Mr Field went over the reef and swam to the wreck and brought two seamen safely ashore.  Then with other volunteers assisting them brought the remaining survivors, who were rendered helpless by exhaustion, safely ashore.

1851
Silver Medal awarded to Mr Thomas Landells for the rescue of the crew of eight of the schooner Maria that parted from her anchor and was driven onto rocks at Pill Point on 19 November 1950.

1861
Silver Medal awarded to John Large in recognition of his gallant exertions in wading into the surf at the peril of his life and assisting to rescue three of the crew of the Brig Harmony wrecked on 19 February 1861.

1868
Lifeboat house and slipway constructed at a cost of £306.

1888
New and stronger slipway constructed at a cost of £570.

1894
Silver Medals awarded to R W Mirehouse, Honorary Secretary, crew members E Bull and T Rees, for gallantly landing on Thorn Island and with much intrepidity crawling along a narrow cliff ledge on a pitch dark night and hauling up by a rope, taken with them, 27 people who had taken refuge on the rocks below from the stranded ship Loch Shiel on 30 January 1894.  Six men had already been rescued from the other side of the island.

1908
Steam lifeboat sent to station.

1915
Steam lifeboat broke away from her moorings, drifted on to rocks, and was badly damaged.  Steam lifeboat withdrawn.

1919
Acetylene beach light supplied.

1927
Station modernised for reception of new lifeboat at a cost of £20,000.

1929
Bronze Medal awarded to Coxswain James Watkins in recognition of his judgement, perseverance and fine seamanship for the rescue at the third attempt and at considerable risk, of 28 people from the ss Molesey which was totally wrecked on Middle Island in a whole south westerly gale on 25/26 November 1929.

1944
Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain James Watkins in recognition of his great skill and daring in handling the lifeboat during the rescue of six people from the motor vessel Thor in a south westerly gale and a very rough sea on 18 December 1943.  The Thor had been thrown on her beam end by a following sea and was nearly bottom up with heavy seas breaking over her.  Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Mechanic Albert Rees in recognition of his efficient handling of the lifeboat engines during this service.

1945
Bronze Second Service clasp awarded to Coxswain James Watkins for a difficult service very skilfully carried out on 16 July 1945, when nine men were rescued from the ex-German steamer Walter L M Russ, which had been driven ashore of Gasshol Island.  Heavy seas were making a clean sweep over the vessel and only her bridge, the upper part of the funnel and the two masts could be seen above the sea.  Three men were clinging to the rocks by lines.

1946
Coxswain James Watkins retired after 24 years’ service as coxswain and 13 years as second coxswain; he had been awarded the Silver Medal, the Bronze Medal and a Clasp to his Bronze Medal.

1968
Centenary Vellum awarded to station.

1973
Bronze Medal awarded to Coxswain William John Rees Holmes when the lifeboat gave help and stood by in a Force 10 Storm, the oil tanker Dona Marika aground on Wooltack Point, Lindsway Bay on 5 August.  There was danger that the tanker would explode and a nearby village had to be evacuated.

1977
Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Coxswain/Mechanic William John Rees Holmes in recognition of his courage and skill when the lifeboat, with waves constantly breaking over her, stood by the tanker Leonidas, which was in difficulties approximately two miles west of St Ann’s Head in a southerly storm, hail and thunder, and very rough seas on 6/7 December 1976.

1979
Bronze Second Service Clasp awarded to Coxswain/Mechanic William John Rees Holmes in recognition of his courage, skill and determination when the lifeboat rescued the crew of three of the fishing boa t Cairnsmore, which was in tow of the tug Barracuda after an engine failure and in danger of capsizing five miles south west of the Hats and Barrels Rocks in a south easterly storm and a heavy breaking sea on 1 December 1978.

1977
A special framed certificate awarded to the coxswain and crew for display at the station in recognition of their services in connection with numerous yachts in difficulties during the Fastnet Race on 16 August.

1987
Adaptation work carried out at Angle in order to accommodate and operate the Tyne class lifeboat.  This included slipway decking, installation of new bilgeways, new fuel tank and the raising of the boathouse bressummer.

1991/92
Due to considerable deterioration a new boathouse and slipway was constructed.  The new boathouse was completed in June.  As well as housing the lifeboat it included a new fuel storage tank, new Biglands hydraulic winch and new crew facilities.  It was officially opened and dedicated in a special ceremony on 19 September 1992. The old boathouse and slipway have been demolished.

1994
D class lifeboat sent to station on 19 March for one season’s evaluation.

1995
Inshore lifeboat station permanently established.

1996
New D class lifeboat D493 placed on service on 30 March.

1997
Bronze Medal awarded to Coxswain Jeremy Richard Rees in recognition of the high standard of seamanship, courage and leadership when the lifeboat The Lady Rank rescued the crew of four and saved the motor vessel Dale Princess which was being driven onto a sheer cliff at Skomer Island by gusting gale force winds and heavy seas on 5 May.

A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution was awarded to the crew of The Lady Rank.

1998
Adaptation to boathouse to accommodate D class lifeboat.

2002
A New D class boathouse completed in July at a cost of £211,887. Following the visit on 5 September 2001 by the Coast Review delegation, led by Commodore R C Hastie, it was agreed by the Search and Rescue Committee on 6 February 2002 and resolved by the Executive Committee at their meeting on 10 April 2002 that the station be earmarked for the allocation of an FSB2 in due course.  It was also resolved that there be no change to the ILB coverage at this station.

2005
The new class of lifeboat IB1, D638 Richard John Talbot  was placed on service on Wednesday 29 June.  D493 has been withdrawn.

2009
Adaptation to boathouse to accommodate Tamar class lifeboat completed in January at a cost of £4,200,000.

The new station Tamar class, ON1291 Mark Mason lifeboat was placed on service on 11 May. This lifeboat was named on 5 June 2009 by HRH Prince Michael of Kent and was donated from the generous bequest of The Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons.  Lifeboat ON1114 has been withdrawn to the relief fleet.

MEDAL RECORD
Twelve medals have been awarded, seven Silver and five Bronze, the last being voted in 1977.