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Newbiggin Lifeboat Station

Newbiggin lifeboat station and boat

Celebrating over 160 years as a lifeboat station, Newbiggin has had 13 different station lifeboats over the years. Today it operates an inshore Atlantic 85 lifeboat. The crews have been presented with 16 awards for gallantry. 

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. 

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Recent launches from this station

Date Time
25/10/2014 13:47
07/10/2014 18:26
01/09/2014 20:18
08/08/2014 11:48
23/07/2014 05:40
17/05/2014 17:53
17/05/2014 17:50
16/05/2014 19:58
02/05/2014 20:57
19/01/2014 15:46

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Station address:

Newbiggin Lifeboat Station
Old Sandridge
Newbiggin Bay
Newbiggin
Northumberland
NE64 6DU

Station telephone:

01670 817320

Accessibility:

Parking, disabled parking

Visitor contact:

Stan Green

Visitor contact telephone:

01670 817834

Shop opening times:

Sunday

10am-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.

  • Training

    Tractor winching exercise

  • Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer & Station Mechanic

    Richard Martin

  • Service call crew details

    Service call crew details

  • Lifeboat search area

    Newbiggin East Sea Sands

  • The winners gather after a fantastic night of fishing

    Anglers United Fishing Competition

  • Newbiggin Bay

    Newbiggin Bay

  • 2014 06 29 - Blyth Lifeboat Assists Young Kayaker And Person In The Water, Blyth Beach 3

    2014 06 29 - Blyth Lifeboat Assists Young Kayaker And Person In The Water, Blyth Beach 3

  • 2014 06 29 - Blyth Lifeboat Assists Young Kayaker And Person In The Water, Blyth Beach 2

    2014 06 29 - Blyth Lifeboat Assists Young Kayaker And Person In The Water, Blyth Beach 2

  • 2014 06 29 - Blyth Lifeboat Assists Young Kayaker And Person In The Water, Blyth Beach 1

    2014 06 29 - Blyth Lifeboat Assists Young Kayaker And Person In The Water, Blyth Beach 1

  • 2014 06 29 - Blyth Lifeboat Assists Young Kayaker And Person In The Water, Blyth Beach 4

    2014 06 29 - Blyth Lifeboat Assists Young Kayaker And Person In The Water, Blyth Beach 4

  • Blyth Lifeboat Assists Three Boats With Engine Problems In One Night

    Blyth Lifeboat Assists Three Boats With Engine Problems In One Night

  • Blyth Lifeboat Assists Three Boats With Engine Problems In One Night

    Blyth Lifeboat Assists Three Boats With Engine Problems In One Night

  • Blyth Lifeboat Assists Three Boats With Engine Problems In One Night

    Blyth Lifeboat Assists Three Boats With Engine Problems In One Night

  • Blyth Lifeboat Assists Three Boats With Engine Problems In One Night

    Blyth Lifeboat Assists Three Boats With Engine Problems In One Night

  • Blyth Lifeboat Assists Three Boats With Engine Problems In One Night

    Blyth Lifeboat Assists Three Boats With Engine Problems In One Night

  • Blyth Lifeboat Assists Three Boats With Engine Problems In One Night

    Blyth Lifeboat Assists Three Boats With Engine Problems In One Night

  • Newbiggin Sprint Triathlon 2014 lifeboat keeps watch on swimmers

    Newbiggin Sprint Triathlon 2014

  • Newbiggin Sprint Triathlon 2014 race underway

    Newbiggin Sprint Triathlon 2014

  • Newbiggin Sprint Triathlon 2014 march to start line

    Newbiggin Sprint Triathlon 2014

  • Newbiggin Triathlon 2014 competitors march to start line

    Newbiggin Triathlon 2014

  • Newbiggin Triathlon 2014 presentation

    Newbiggin Triathlon 2014

  • Dr Zoe Critchton

    Dr Zoe Critchton

  • Newbiggin Lifeboat at sea

    Newbiggin Lifeboat

  • Johnathon Armstrong - Shorecrew

    Johnathon Armstrong - Shorecrew

  • David Welsh - Shorecrew

    David Welsh - Shorecrew

  • Allan Jamieson - Shorecrew

    Allan Jamieson - Shorecrew

  • Richard Martin Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer & Station Mechanic

    Richard Martin

  • Image from the lifeboat fixed camera showing the approach to the kayak that was on the seaward side of Newbiggin's north breakwater

    Newbiggin approaches the kayak

  • Kayak is held safely before transfer ashore

    Newbiggin lands drifting kayak

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • A series of images taken on this major fundraising event for Newbiggin lifeboat station.

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day 2014

  • Kayak brought safely ashore

    Newwbiggin lands drifting kayak

  • Lifeboat and helicopter exercise in Newbiggin Bay

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day

  • Lifeboat and helicopter exercise in Newbiggin Bay

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day

  • Newbiggin and Blyth lifeboats

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day

  • Lifeboat on display on the beach

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day

  • View of the main fundraising areana

    Newbiggin Lifeboat Day

  • Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer & Station Mechanic

    Richard Martin

  • Person in distress

    Crew Details

  • Image of the Cresswell Scarrs showing the outfall pipe onto the rocks - an area that is cut of each day by the incoming tide.

    Cresswell Scarrs

  • Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer & Station Mechanic

    Richard Martin

  • Reverend Peter Sinclair introduces the proceedings

    Newbiggin Blessing of the Lifeboat

  • The lifeboat station has a full capacity for the lifeboat blessing.

    Newbiggin Open Air Service

  • The lifeboat blessin

    Reverend Peter Sinclair blesses the lifeboat

  • Newbiggin lifeboat stands by during the rescue operation

    Newbiggin lifeboat

  • The rocky coastline at Cresswell village

    Cresswell swimmer incident

  • Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer & Station Mechanic

    Richard Martin

  • Charity cyclist Derek Fleet of Middleton RNLI visits Newbiggin lifeboat station as he cycles on his northern journey along the north east coast.

    Charity cyclist visits Newbiggin

  • Charity Motor Biker Matt Hawkes calls into Newbiggin as part of his 4500 mile journey.

    Charity Motor Biker visits Newbiggin

  • Volunteers from Newbiggin RNLI and representatives from North East Anglers Afloat at the lifeboat station

    Newbiggin Volunteers Receiving a Donation

  • The Duke of Kent meets Rev. Peter Sinclair and looking on Pauline Cooksey

    Duke of Kent visit

  • Newbiggin's volunteers receive a generous donation from Anglers Afloat - news report to follow.

    Anglers Afloat presentation

  • The Newbiggin lifeboat exercises with the Sea King helicopter

    Helicopter Exercise

  • The Newbiggin lifeboat exercises with the Sea King helicopter

    Helicopter Exercise

  • Newbiggin lifeboat exercises with the RAF Sea King helicopter

    Helicopter Exercise

  • The RAF Sea King circles Newbiggin Bay

    Helicopter Exercise

  • Lifeboat crew awaiting the crew change

    Helicopter Exercise

  • Shore Crew Craig Leslie

    Craig Leslie

  • The Duke of Kent shares a word at the end of his visit with George Rawlinson and Pauline Cooksey.

    Duke of Kent visit

  • The Duke of Kent shares some words with the Ladies just some of the Fundraising Team

    Duke of Kent visit

  • The Duke of Kent meets Richard Martin while Les Fayers (left) and Tim Martin look on.

    Duke of Kent visit

  • The Duke of Kent taking to Paul Davison with Ivan Mee looking on.

    Duke of Kent Visit

  • At Blyth lifeboat station

    Newbiggin & Blyth Lifeboats

  • Blyth lifeboat

    Blyth Lifeboat

  • Crew details for this lifeboat service

    Crew details

  • A view taken near the location of the casualty.

    Cambois Bay with River Wansbeck in foreground

  • Newbiggin lifeboat launches on service

    Newbiggin lifeboat

  • Drifting kayak recovered as Blyth looks on

    Newbiggin recovers the drifting kayak

  • Kayaker located in the water

    Blyth locates the person in the water

  • Newbiggin RNLI lifeboat in action

    Newbiggin RNLI lifeboat in action

  • Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) president HRH The Duke of Kent visited several of the charity’s lifeboat stations in Northumberland. Picture shows him meeting Tim Martin, Richard Martin and Rev. Peter Sinclair.

    HRH The Duke of Kent delights RNLI volunteers in Northumberland during tour

  • Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) president HRH The Duke of Kent visited several of the charity’s lifeboat stations in Northumberland.Left to right Michael Brown, Lee Slaughter, Mark Callan, David Bryan and Geoff Leslie with Pauline Cooksey at the front.

    HRH The Duke of Kent delights RNLI volunteers in Northumberland during tour

  • Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) president HRH The Duke of Kent visited several of the charity’s lifeboat stations in Northumberland - group picture at lifeboat.

    HRH The Duke of Kent delights RNLI volunteers in Northumberland during tour

  • Blyth RNLI with the Duke of Kent

    Blyth RNLI with the Duke of Kent

  • Joyce Ross receives her award

    Joyce Ross receives her award

Image of lifeboat
 

Lifeboat name: Richard Wake Burdon

Lifeboat class: Atlantic 85

Funded by: Mr Hylton Burdon

Read more about the B class

 

The station was established by the Duke of Northumberland in 1851, who paid for the lifeboat house.  Management taken over by the RNLI the following year.

 

1851
Silver Medals awarded to John Dent, Philip Jefferson, William Armstrong, Henry Brown and Robert Armstrong who distinguished themselves in endeavouring to save the crews of four fishing boats which capsized on 22 March 1851.

1854
Silver Second-Service clasp awarded to Coxswain Philip Jefferson in recognition of the exertions of his crew in attempting to save the crew of the brig Embla which was wrecked during a heavy gale on 12 January 1854, when all her hands perished.  The lifeboat, not being fully manned, failed to reach the wreck.

1876
Two members of the crew were washed out of the lifeboat whilst on service to a fishing coble on 3 August but were fortunately recovered.

1881
Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain John Brown for the rescue of the crew of four of the Northumberland which had run aground during a heavy gale on 14 October 1881.

1888
Silver Second-Service clasp awarded to Coxswain John Brown, who had completed 35 years' service and had rendered many gallant services.

1897
A woman was injured by the explosion of a rocket signal.  The Cotton Powder Co compensated her for the injury.

1898
Mortars supplied in lieu of sound signals.

1905
Socket distress signals supplied.

1914
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Coxswain Watson Brown for the rescue of 13 of the crew of the ship Arctic Stream in rough seas on 22 February.  The Thanks on Vellum were also accorded to William Brown, Coxswain of the Cresswell lifeboat for the rescue of the other six crew members.

1915
Two members of the crew were washed out of the lifeboat whilst on service but were recovered unharmed.

1926
Bronze Medal awarded to Coxswain William Robinson for a meritorious service carried out at great risk when the crew of nine of the trawler George R Purdy were rescued.  The trawler had stranded on the rocks at Church Point during a dense fog and heavy surf on 28 April 1926.

1927
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to the women of Newbiggin for a service in January 1927 to the Newbiggin fishing fleet, when a scratch crew was got together, consisting chiefly of miners who had just come off their shift in the mine, as nearly all the regular members of the lifeboat's crew were out in the fishing boats.  But for the help of 25 women it would have been impossible to get the lifeboat afloat in the heavy surf.  As it was she was thrown back on the beach, and to straighten her many women waded waist deep into the surf.

1940
Silver Medal awarded to Second Coxswain George R Taylor, who was in command of the lifeboat in the absence of the coxswain.  It was an outstanding service.  On 4 February 1940 the lifeboat went out to the Belgian motor vessel Eminent of Antwerp in a south east gale with a heavy sea and rescued her crew of 11.  It was a most difficult launch.  The launchers, 30 of whom were women, had to pull the lifeboat up a cliff, over a moor and through sand dunes against the gale which cut their faces with the sleet and the blown sand.  The women of Newbiggin were accorded The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum.

1951
A Centenary Vellum accorded to station.

1972
On 14 July 1972 the Branch Chairman, Mr Campbell Storey, and Stan Green saw a boat heading towards the rocks. They swam out to give assistance. Unfortunately Mr Storey collapsed onboard the fishing vessel and died. It transpired that the two crew on the fishing vessel had fallen asleep.

1975
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum were accorded to Assistant Mechanic George Dawson who, as acting coxswain of the lifeboat Mary Joicey, displayed courage, tenacity and expert seamanship when a man was rescued from the sea following the capsizing of a rowing boat in Newbiggin Bay in a gentle south westerly breeze and a rough sea on 31 January.  The skipper of the fishing coble Margaret Lisle, John Lisle Robinson, was accorded the Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum for the rescue of a second man from the rowing boat who was also in the sea.  Each member of the lifeboat crew and fishing coble crew received a Vellum service certificate.

1976
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum were accorded to Coxswain George Dawson in recognition of his determination and seamanship when the lifeboat Mary Joicey saved a cabin cruiser and rescued her crew of four who were in difficulties near the mouth of the River Wansbeck in a light south easterly wind and heavy confused surf on 29 August.  Each member of the lifeboat crew received a Vellum service certificate.

1981
Boathouse adapted in order to accommodate the station's new Atlantic 21 lifeboat and launching tractor.  The portside extension to the boathouse was also converted to provide improved crew facilities.

The 37ft Oakley lifeboat was withdrawn on 26 February and replaced with an Atlantic 21 lifeboat on 15 March.

1998
Adaptation for Atlantic 75 lifeboat drawn up and approved. Work completed in July.

2001
To celebrate 150 years of service the station was awarded the Gratitude of the Institution inscribed on Vellum.

2012
The Atlantic 85 lifeboat Richard Wake Burdon arrives on station, replacing the Atlantic 75.

MEDAL RECORD
Ten medals have been awarded, nine Silver and one Bronze, the last being voted in 1940.