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Morecambe Lifeboat Station

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Celebrating 40 years as a lifeboat station, Morecambe has been presented with 11 awards for gallantry. The first RNLI rescue hovercraft was placed on service in 2002 and is now one of only four stations operating a hovercraft alongside conventional lifeboats.

This station is classed as a Discover station. ​Our crews from Discover stations are equally welcoming to visitors but many of these stations were built before visitors were considered. These stations normally open their boathouse doors during the summer months. 

 

Recent launches from this station

Date Time
28/11/2014 00:52
27/09/2014 12:10
26/09/2014 00:33
11/09/2014 05:02
09/08/2014 17:15
08/07/2014 12:16
08/07/2014 12:15
25/06/2014 13:20
10/06/2014 17:00
17/05/2014 12:35

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  • RNLI Skydive

    Skydive for the RNLI - Lancaster

    01/01/2014

    We are looking for daredevils from across the UK to carry out a tandem skydive in support of the charity that saves lives at sea. You can choose from 19 locations across the country jumping on any date of the year.

Forecasts for Morecambe Lifeboat Station

  • Wednesday
  • Sunny (Day)
  • Minimum:
    9°C
  • Maximum:
    14°C
  • Thursday
  • (White) Medium-level cloud
  • Minimum:
    4°C
  • Maximum:
    11°C
  • Friday
  • Sunny (Day)
  • Minimum:
    4°C
  • Maximum:
    11°C
  • Saturday
  • Sunny intervals
  • Minimum:
    5°C
  • Maximum:
    13°C
  • Sunday
  • (White) Medium-level cloud
  • Minimum:
    7°C
  • Maximum:
    13°C

This is the tide forecast for Blackpool South.

Saturday 20/12

Tide chart Tide scale
Low 03:55 2.2m
High 09:45 9m
Low 16:14 2.1m
High 22:04 9m
  • First Light: 07:42
  • Sunrise: 08:26
  • Sunset: 15:52
  • Last Light: 16:36

Sunday 21/12

Tide chart Tide scale
Low 04:38 1.9m
High 10:27 9.4m
Low 16:58 1.7m
High 22:48 9.4m
  • First Light: 07:42
  • Sunrise: 08:26
  • Sunset: 15:53
  • Last Light: 16:37

Monday 22/12

Tide chart Tide scale
Low 05:20 1.6m
High 11:09 9.8m
Low 17:43 1.4m
High 23:31 9.7m
  • First Light: 07:43
  • Sunrise: 08:27
  • Sunset: 15:53
  • Last Light: 16:37

This is the surf forecast for Blackpool South.

    Swell Rating Prob Height Period Dir
Sat 20/12 6am 72 11.5ft 8secs 98.44
Noon 72 9ft 7secs 111.19
6pm 72 6ft 6secs 107.03
Sun 21/12 6am 72 7.5ft 6secs 64.5
Noon 72 8.5ft 7secs 56.43
6pm 72 9ft 7secs 53.78
Mon 22/12 6am 72 11.5ft 8secs 54.72
Noon 72 12ft 8secs 54.48
6pm 72 11ft 8secs 52.69
  • Wednesday
  • 00:00
  • 11
  • 06:00
  • 13
  • 12:00
  • 11
  • 18:00
  • 5
  • Thursday
  • 00:00
  • 13
  • 06:00
  • 20
  • 12:00
  • 17
  • 18:00
  • 15
  • Friday
  • 00:00
  • 9
  • 06:00
  • 5
  • 12:00
  • 4
  • 18:00
  • 4
  • Saturday
  • 00:00
  • 4
  • 06:00
  • 5
  • 12:00
  • 7
  • 18:00
  • 8
  • Sunday
  • 00:00
  • 7
  • 06:00
  • 9
  • 12:00
  • 11
  • 18:00
  • 12

Station address:

Morecambe Lifeboat Station
Marine Road Central
Morecambe
Lancashire
LA4 5BY

Station telephone:

01524 410317

Station opening times:

By appointment only

Accessibility:

Parking, disabled parking

Visitor contact:

Raymond Hirst

Visitor contact telephone:

07989 586432

Shop telephone:

01524 831179

Shop opening times:

January–Easter
Saturday–Sunday
11am–3pm

Easter–October
Monday–Sunday
10am–4pm 

Christmas
Saturday–Sunday
11am–3pm
(unless Christmas/Boxing Day)

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.

  • severe boat fire

    boat fire

  • With the tide coming in, Morecambe’s RNLI Inshore rescue hovercraft launched, after a request from the Coastguard, to assist in the rescue of a man stuck in mud.

    Morecambe Hovercraft Crew meet Michaela Strachan

  • Morecambe’s RNLI inshore rescue hovercraft participated in a multi-agency exercise during which 6 crew members were winched onto the hovercraft from an RAF Sea King helicopter.

    Morecambe’s volunteer lifeboat crew took part in a large-scale, multi-agency exercise

  • Morecambe’s RNLI inshore rescue hovercraft launched onto the River Lune yesterday (Friday 7 February) after a request from the Coastguard to locate and rescue a cow reported as stuck in mud on the river bank.

    Morecambe RNLI rescue cow from mud

  • Morecambe’s RNLI inshore rescue hovercraft launched onto the River Lune yesterday (Friday 7 February) after a request from the Coastguard to locate and rescue a cow reported as stuck in mud on the river bank.

    Morecambe RNLI rescue cow from mud

  • Morecambe’s RNLI inshore rescue hovercraft launched onto the River Lune yesterday (Friday 7 February) after a request from the Coastguard to locate and rescue a cow reported as stuck in mud on the river bank.

    Morecambe RNLI rescue cow from mud

  • Morecambe hovercraft returning from medivac

    RNLI Morecambe

  • Morecambe Hovercraft returning from medical evacuation.

    RNLI Morecambe

  • Morecambe ILB

    Morecambe ILB

  • Girl Rescued From Quicksand

    Girl Rescued From Quicksand

  • Morecambe Hovercraft recovering on the transporter after a call out.

    Morecambe Hovercraft

  • RNLI Hovercraft Transporter on scene at halton army camp Lancaster.

    Hovercraft Transporter On Scene At The River Lune Lancaster

  • Morecambe Lifeboat

    Morecambe Lifeboat

  • RAF seaking.

    Helicopter view from lifeboat

  • Morecambe Hovercraft launching on service to the aid of persons stranded.

    Morecambe Hovercraft

  • Morecambe Hovercraft & Lifeboat Outside The Hovercraft Station

    Morecambe RNLI Team

  • Morecambe Hovercraft Crew Training

    Morecambe Hovercraft

  • Crew undertaking capsize training. Morecambe Hovercraft & Transporter in the background

    Capsize Training

  • This is Morecambe's newest hovercraft transporter 'The Spirit Of Morecambe'

    New Hovercraft Transporter

  • The Cross Bay Walk at Morecambe

    The Cross Bay Walk at Morecambe

  • Tall Ship challenge for RNLI's youngest recruits

    Tall Ship challenge for RNLI's youngest recruits

  • Transfer of the casualty from the beach to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary via RAF helicopter

    Morecambe RNLI Assist Medical Evacuation Of Casualty

  • Walkers taking part in an RNLI Cross Bay Walk.

    Walkers taking part in an RNLI Cross Bay Walk.

  • Loch Ness no mystery for Teen

    Loch Ness no mystery for Teen

  • Great North runners provide massive cash boost for RNLI

    Great North runners provide massive cash boost for RNLI-2

  • Great North runners provide massive cash boost for RNLI

    Great North runners provide massive cash boost for RNLI

  • Great North runners provide massive cash boost for RNLI

    Great North runners provide massive cash boost for RNLI-1

  • Morecambe RNLI volunteer crew member pledges money as well as time to the charity

    Morecambe RNLI volunteer crew member pledges money as well as time to the charity

  • Double celebration for Morecambe RNLI

    Double celebration for Morecambe RNLI

  • Volunteers wanted for new Morecambe RNLI shop

    Volunteers wanted for new Morecambe RNLI shop

  • Prestigious award for woman who donated over half a million pounds to the RNLI

    Prestigious award for woman who donated over half a million pounds to the RNLI-3

  • Prestigious award for woman who donated over half a million pounds to the RNLI

    Prestigious award for woman who donated over half a million pounds to the RNLI-2

  • Prestigious award for woman who donated over half a million pounds to the RNLI

    Prestigious award for woman who donated over half a million pounds to the RNLI-1

  • Prestigious award for woman who donated over half a million pounds to the RNLI

    Prestigious award for woman who donated over half a million pounds to the RNLI

  • Morecambe RNLI volunteers rescue young woman from mud and incoming tide

    Morecambe RNLI rescue hovercraft

  • North of England RNLI volunteers wade in to flood training

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team boat handling exercise

  • North of England RNLI volunteers wade in to flood training

    RNLI volunteers practice flood rescue techniques

  • North of England RNLI volunteers wade in to flood training

    Boat handling exercise

  • North of England RNLI volunteers wade in to flood training

    Night swimming exercise

  • Morecambe Shop

    Morecambe Shop

  • Image of hovercraft at Morecambe. Photo: Jack Lancaster

    Hovercraft at Morecambe. Photo: Jack Lancaster

  • Image of Morecambe’s hovercraft on the wide expanse of mudflats. Photo: Andrew Bruce

    Morecambe’s hovercraft on the wide expanse of mudflats. Photo: Andrew Bruce

  • Image of Morecambe hovercraft at speed. Photo: RNLI/ Nigel Millard

    Morecambe hovercraft at speed. Photo: RNLI/ Nigel Millard

 

Image of lifeboat
 


Lifeboat name: 
The Hurley Flyer

Lifeboat class: Hovercraft

Funded by: Mrs Kay Hurley MBE

Read more about the Hovercraft


Image of lifeboat



Lifeboat name:
Margaret Mary Timpany

Lifeboat class: D class

Funded by: Legacy of Dr Margaret Timpany

Read more about the D class

 

1966
D class lifeboat sent to station in May.

1973
Bronze Medal awarded to Helmsman Keith Willacy in recognition of his courage, skill and tenacity when in a strong south-south-westerly wind gusting to gale force and a very rough sea, the D class lifeboat rescued two men stranded on the Clark Wharf Sandbank half a mile north west of Heysham Harbour on 4 August 1973.  The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to crew member Andrew Jarvis.

1981
A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution awarded to Helmsman Keith Willacy in recognition of the determination and excellent seamanship he displayed when the D class lifeboat rescued the crew of two of an inflatable dinghy which was in difficulties near the sea wall and groynes beneath Morecambe Golf Course on 6 June.

1983
Silver Medal awarded to Helmsman Keith Willacy in recognition of his courage, determination, leadership and seamanship when the D class lifeboat rescued a man after he had been persuaded to jump into the sea from a concrete marker pillar onto which he had climbed when he was in difficulties on his sailboard a quarter of a mile north of Heysham Harbour in a south by easterly gale and a rough sea on 17 October 1982.  The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum were accorded to crew members Anthony Terence Jolley and Robert Alan Coyle.

1985
Framed Letters of Thanks signed by the Chairman were presented to Helmsman Mark Baxter and crew member David Willacy in recognition of their considerable skill when on 20 August a man was rescued from his sailboard in a south westerly gale and steep confused seas in the vicinity off the Stone Jetty.

1990
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum were accorded to Helmsman Keith Willacy and crew members Steven J Waite and Michael J Mayfield in recognition of their high standard of seamanship and bravery when a Zodiac Mark III inflatable dinghy was launched from the shore and rescued the sole occupant of the yacht Phoenix which was at anchor off Glasson Dock in the River Lune in a north westerly storm, heavy rain and in the darkness of the night of 12 February.  Mr Willacy was the Honorary Secretary at the time and was previously the Morecambe ILB helmsman.

1998
New D class boathouse was completed in October.

2000
Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Helmsman Harold Roberts for the rescue of the crew of two and the saving of the yacht Lady Friendship on 12 June.  This was a joint service with the Fleetwood all weather lifeboat.

2002
The first RNLI rescue hovercraft H-002 became operational at Morecambe on 23 December 2002.  This follows a decision by the Executive Committee for hovercraft to join the Institution’s fleet.  It will be formally named The Hurley Flyer at a ceremony in 2003.

2003
Temp facilities for Hovercraft completed at a cost of £64,883.

2004
A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution, Mr Peter Nicholson awarded to Mr John Beaty, LOM, and a second letter addressed to all the crew and shore helpers following a service on the night of 5 February 2004 when on man’s life was saved and a total of 11 bodies were recovered by the D class inshore lifeboat and H002.  A large group of Chinese cockle pickers had been cut off and subsequently drowned by the notorious Morecambe Bay tides.

2008
Her Majesty The Queen, in the recent New Years Honours, honoured Mr Harold Roberts, Senior Hovercraft Commander, Morecambe Lifeboat Station, for services to maritime safety.  The award was Member, Order of the British Empire (MBE)

2009
A permanent facility for housing the Hovercraft was constructed at a total cost of £935,528.

The new D Class lifeboat D-722 Margaret Mary Timpany entered service in November. Lifeboat D-564 has been withdrawn. The lifeboat was provided by the generous bequest of Dr Margaret Mary Timpany.

MEDAL RECORD
Two Medals have been awarded, one Bronze and one Silver, the last voted 1982.