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Minehead Lifeboat Station

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Looking out over the broad expanse of the Bristol Channel, Minehead Lifeboat Station has operated from the same boathouse for over 100 years. Today's station has two inshore lifeboats - a B class Atlantic 85 and a D class.

This station is classed as an Explore station. Explore stations offer the best visitor experience. With free access, you can go inside and look around the station, see the lifeboat and, in most cases, pre-book a tour. They are normally open all year and have an RNLI gift shop. 

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Recent launches from this station

Date Time
30/12/2013 10:59
06/12/2013 07:58
02/11/2013 17:30
26/10/2013 20:19
17/09/2013 14:07
14/09/2013 21:08
08/09/2013 18:51
08/09/2013 17:21
18/08/2013 13:05
11/08/2013 20:15

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Forecasts for Minehead Lifeboat Station

  • Thursday
  • (White) Medium-level cloud
  • Minimum:
    7°C
  • Maximum:
    13°C
  • Friday
  • Sunny (Day)
  • Minimum:
    5°C
  • Maximum:
    12°C
  • Saturday
  • Sunny (Day)
  • Minimum:
    7°C
  • Maximum:
    12°C
  • Sunday
  • Heavy rain
  • Minimum:
    8°C
  • Maximum:
    11°C
  • Monday
  • Light rain shower (Day)
  • Minimum:
    9°C
  • Maximum:
    12°C

This is the tide forecast for Southerndown.

Thursday 24/4

Tide chart Tide scale
High 02:20 8.2m
Low 08:45 2.7m
High 15:04 8.1m
Low 21:22 2.7m
  • First Light: 05:20
  • Sunrise: 05:57
  • Sunset: 20:29
  • Last Light: 21:06

Friday 25/4

Tide chart Tide scale
High 03:38 8.4m
Low 09:59 2.3m
High 16:14 8.4m
Low 22:30 2.3m
  • First Light: 05:17
  • Sunrise: 05:55
  • Sunset: 20:30
  • Last Light: 21:08

Saturday 26/4

Tide chart Tide scale
High 04:41 8.8m
Low 10:59 1.9m
High 17:10 8.8m
Low 23:25 1.9m
  • First Light: 05:15
  • Sunrise: 05:53
  • Sunset: 20:32
  • Last Light: 21:10

This is the surf forecast for Southerndown.

    Swell Rating Prob Height Period Dir
Thu 24/4 6am 100 2ft 10secs 68.49
Noon 100 2ft 11secs 67.35
6pm 100 2ft 11secs 68.27
Fri 25/4 6am 100 1.7ft 11secs 68
Noon 100 1.6ft 11secs 66.67
6pm 100 1.5ft 10secs 66.88
Sat 26/4 6am 48 4ft 10secs 55.83
Noon 43 6.5ft 12secs 50.44
6pm 24 6.5ft 11secs 56.66
  • Thursday
  • 00:00
  • 6
  • 06:00
  • 3
  • 12:00
  • 13
  • 18:00
  • 13
  • Friday
  • 00:00
  • 7
  • 06:00
  • 6
  • 12:00
  • 7
  • 18:00
  • 6
  • Saturday
  • 00:00
  • 5
  • 06:00
  • 8
  • 12:00
  • 13
  • 18:00
  • 10
  • Sunday
  • 00:00
  • 11
  • 06:00
  • 13
  • 12:00
  • 13
  • 18:00
  • 13
  • Monday
  • 00:00
  • 14
  • 06:00
  • 12
  • 12:00
  • 15
  • 18:00
  • 13

Station address:

Minehead Lifeboat Station
The Harbour
Minehead
Somerset
TA24 5UL

Station telephone:

01643 703388

Station opening times:

April-October  11am–5pm daily
Crew training 10am every Sunday

Accessibility:

Disabled access

Visitor contact:

John Higgie

Visitor contact telephone:

01643 706875

Shop telephone:

01643 706421

Shop opening times:

April–October
Monday–Sunday
11am–5pm

November–December
Sunday
11am–1pm​
 

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.

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    Swanage's Mersey class RNLI lifeboat and new Shannon class

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    Weston super Mare and Portishead lifeboats

  • The Lizard Tamar lifeboat Rose launching

    The Lizard all weather lifeboat launching

  • Mick French fundraiser who turns on Christmas lights for RNLI

    Mick French who turns on Xmas lights for RNLI

  • Swimmers at Looe braved the cold waters on New Years Day 2013 to raise funds for RNLI

    Swimmers braving the cold water at Looe on New Years Day

  • Plymouth RNLI assist dismasted yacht August 2013

    Plymouth RNLI assist dismasted yacht

  • Screen grab from footage of RNLI rescuing three exhausted swimmers at Mawgan Porth August 2013

    RNLI lifeguards rescue three exhausted swimmers at Mawgan Porth

  • Ilfracombe RNLI’s D-class inshore lifeboat Deborah Brown II, with Minehead RNLI’s Atlantic 85 in the background

    Ilfracombe and Minehead lifeboat crews work together

  • Five callouts in four days for Minehead RNLI volunteers

    Five callouts in four days for Minehead RNLI volunteers

  • Barry Dock Lifeboat search for missing swimmers

    Barry Dock Lifeboat search for missing swimmers

  • Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

    Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west-2

  • Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

    Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west-1

  • Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

    Barry bows out after 20 years service with the RNLI in the south west

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-5

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-4

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-3

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-1

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers-2

  • On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

    On call over Christmas for the south west’s RNLI volunteers

  • Wet weather reflected in south west RNLI figures for 2012

    South West Flood Rescue Team train in Hayle

  • Wet weather reflected in south west RNLI figures for 2012

    South West Flood Rescue Team in training

  • Wet weather reflected in south west RNLI figures for 2012

    South West Flood Rescue Team training

  • Lynmouth RNLI Fundraising Branch Secretary awarded RNLI Gold Badge

    Lynmouth RNLI Fundraising Branch Secretary awarded RNLI Gold Badge

  • Lynmouth RNLI Fundraising Branch Secretary awarded RNLI Gold Badge

    Lynmouth RNLI Fundraising Branch Secretary awarded RNLI Gold Badge

  • Minehead RNLI lifeboat crew rescue injured students in cliff drama

    Minehead RNLI lifeboat crew rescue injured students in cliff drama-2

  • Minehead RNLI lifeboat crew rescue injured students in cliff drama

    Minehead RNLI lifeboat crew rescue injured students in cliff drama-3

  • Minehead RNLI lifeboat crew rescue injured students in cliff drama

    Minehead RNLI lifeboat crew rescue injured students in cliff drama-1

  • Minehead RNLI lifeboat crew rescue injured students in cliff drama

    Minehead RNLI lifeboat crew rescue injured students in cliff drama

  • Minehead lifeboat volunteers rescue injured students in cliff drama

    Minehead lifeboat volunteers rescue injured students in cliff drama

  • Joint lifeboat helicopter exercise off Minehead brightens up Mayday weekend

    Joint lifeboat helicopter exercise off Minehead brightens up Mayday weekend

  • RNLI volunteers in the south west remain on call this Christmas

    RNLI volunteer crew, fundraisers and lifeguards in St Ives

  • Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

    Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets-3

  • Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

    Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets-2

  • Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

    Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets-1

  • Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

    Lifejackets for lifesavers - South west RNLI volunteers launch campaign to buy new lifejackets

  • Summer weather brings unseasonable challenges for south west RNLI

    Library shot of an RNLI Atlantic lifeboat

  • Three RNLI lifeboat stations assist in search for missing child

    Library picture both Burnham on Sea RNLI lifeboats

  • Minehead Shop

    Minehead Shop

  • Minehead lifeboat crew rescue 2 people fom small boat

Image of B c;ass lifeboat

Lifeboat name: Christine

Lifeboat class: D class

Read more about the D class

 

 

 

Image of Atlantic 85 lifeboat

Lifeboat name: Richard and Elizabeth Deaves

Lifeboat class: B class (Atlantic 85)

Read more about the Atlantic 85

 

 

Station established at request of local residents in 1901.

1901
Lifeboat house constructed westward of the entrance to the pier at a cost of £785.

1903
Transporting carriage supplied.

1910
Death of member of crew, W Slade, accelerated by exposure on service.

1911
Mr W P Slade died from the effect of a service.

1939
The lifeboat Kate Greatorex had a new method of propulsion.  She was a light surf type with two 12 HP engines driven by Gill Propulsion.  It is a method much in use in ferry boats in Norway and Sweden.

1941
On 18 December the Naval Authorities asked for the lifeboat to be launched but it was arranged that a shore boat should go.  Coxswain G Slade and shore signalman T Escott went out in the coxswain's boat.  The object they had gone out to investigate exploded and completely destroyed the boat, killing both men.  The Institution granted an allowance to the widows.

1970
A D class lifeboat sent to station in April.

1972
A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by Chairman of the Institution, Commander F R H Swann, CBE, RNVR, to Helmsman David James in recognition of the service by the D class lifeboat on the 2 July.  David James scaled a cliff face to rescue a man in difficulty up Culver Cliff 50 feet above sea level.

1973
Conventional lifeboat withdrawn on 20 May.

1974
An experimental type of inshore lifeboat, subsequently numbered C500, was sent to station on 19 June 1974.

1975
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Helmsman Christopher Rundle for his courage, seamanship and determination when the D class lifeboat rescued the crew of three of the yacht Svea on 13 September.  The rescue was carried out in near gale force winds, a rough sea and driving rain.

1979
C Class lifeboat was withdrawn and replaced by an Atlantic 21 class lifeboat in July.

1992
New D class lifeboat D420 was placed on service on 21 April.

1993
Boathouse adapted for the station's Atlantic 21 class lifeboat.  This included extension to the front and side of the boathouse to provide improved crew facilities and souvenir sales outlet.

1994
Atlantic 21 lifeboat withdrawn and replaced by the new Atlantic 75 class lifeboat B708 which was placed on service on 13 November.

1999
New D class lifeboat D549 was placed on service 15 July.  D420 was withdrawn.

2001
A Centenary Vellum awarded to the station in celebration of 100 years of service.

2007
The new Atlantic 85 lifeboat B-824 Richard and Elizabeth Deaves was placed on service on 1 December.  This lifeboat was provided by the generous bequest of Miss Joan Batty in memory of her mother Florence Alice Batty.  Lifeboat B-708 was withdrawn.