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Newquay Lifeboat Station

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For nearly 80 years the station operated an all-weather lifeboat until it closed in 1945. After a gap of 20 years the station opened again with an inshore lifeboat and has carried out a variety of rescues, earning several 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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    01/01/2014

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Station address:

Newquay Lifeboat Station
Newquay Harbour
Newquay
Cornwall
TR7 1HR

Station telephone:

01637 873846

Station opening times:

May–September 9am–5pm most days

Visitor contact:

Gareth Horner

Visitor contact telephone:

01637 873846

07785 593230

Shop telephone:

01637 852496

Shop opening times:

April–October
Monday–Sunday
11am–3pm
 

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.

  • RNLI Newquay rescue three students from rocks

    RNLI Newquay rescue three students from rocks

  • RNLI Newquay rescue three students

    RNLI Newquay rescue three students

  • Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

    Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

  • Newquay RNLI lifeboat volunteers return ashore after Thursday evening's rescue

    Newquay RNLI lifeboat volunteers return ashore after Thursday evening's rescue

  • Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

    Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

  • Newquay RNLI D class inshore lifeboat Valerie Wilson

    Newquay RNLI D class inshore lifeboat

  • Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

    Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

  • RNLI volunteers on board the D class inshore lifeboat Valerie Wilson at last year's Newquay Lifeboat Day

    RNLI volunteers at last year's Newquay Lifeboat Day

  • Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

    Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

  • Newquay lifeboat volunteers (L-R) Laurence Pascoe, Mark Sutherland and Mark Morris with their RNLI long-service awards.

    Newquay lifeboat volunteers with their RNLI long-service awards

  • Newquay lifeboat station

    Newquay lifeboat station

  • Newquay RNLI volunteers prepare to recover the D-class inshore lifeboat at the harbour after the rescue

    Newquay RNLI volunteers prepare to recover the D-class inshore lifeboat

  • Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

    Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

  • Newquay stakeholders at Respect the water launch at Fistral

    Newquay stakeholders at Respect the water launch at Fistral

  • RNLI Lifeguard Warren Llewellyn and Tim Stokes launch Respect the Water

    RNLI Lifeguard Warren Llewellyn and Tim Stokes

  • Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

    Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

  • Newquay RNLI lifeboat volunteers during call at Little Fistral

    Newquay RNLI lifeboat volunteers during call at Little Fistral

  • Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

    Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

  • Newquay RNLI lifeboat back ashore after the call.

    Newquay RNLI lifeboat back ashore after the call

  • Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

    Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

  • Newquay RNLI lifeboat volunteers return after man is found safe

    Newquay RNLI lifeboat volunteers return

  • Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

    Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

  • Newquay RNLI lifeboat volunteers responding from the harbour on the call

    Newquay RNLI lifeboat volunteers responding from the harbour on the call

  • Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

    Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

  • Newquay RNLI volunteers at sea on the stations D class inshore lifeboat during Lifeboat Day 2013

    Newquay RNLI volunteers at Lifeboat Day 2013

  • Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

    Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

  • RNLI lifeboat shop volunteers welcome supporter Matt Hawkes to Newquay lifeboat station

    RNLI lifeboat shop volunteers welcome Matt Hawkes to Newquay

  • Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

    Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

  • Newquay RNLI volunteer Ian Pengelly receives his 20-year service badge from Sir Tim Laurence

    Newquay RNLI volunteer Ian Pengelly receives his 20-year service badge from Sir Tim Laurence

  • Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

    Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

  • Lifeboat replica passing Newquay's original RNLI lifeboat station

    Newquay's original RNLI lifeboat station

  • Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

    Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

  • Newquay RNLI lifeboat in Ilfracombe after Voorwarts rescue January 1899

    Newquay RNLI lifeboat in Ilfracombe after Voorwarts rescue

  • Newquay RNLI crews stand by during helicopter rescue

    Newquay RNLI crews stand by during helicopter rescue

  • Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

    Newquay RNLI lifeboat station

  • Swanages's current Mersey class lifeboat and the RNLI's new Shannon class lifeboat of which Swanage is to receive in 2015

    Swanage's Mersey class RNLI lifeboat and new Shannon class

  • Weston super Mare and Portishead RNLI lifeguards at launch of Bristol Channel Appeal

    Weston super Mare and Portishead lifeboats

  • The Lizard Tamar lifeboat Rose launching

    The Lizard all weather lifeboat launching

  • RNLI volunteer Duncan Wallace (far right) aboard Newquay’s D class inshore lifeboat

    RNLI volunteer Duncan Wallace (far right) aboard Newquay’s D class inshore lifeboat

  • Newquay RNLI volunteer Duncan Wallace onboard the D class inshore lifeboat

    Newquay RNLI volunteer Duncan Wallace

  • Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Library picture: Newquay RNLI Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Gladys Mildred

    Library picture: Newquay RNLI Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Gladys Mildred

  • 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

  • Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Newquay lifeboat station

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Library picture of Newquay RNLI Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat

    Library picture of Newquay RNLI Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat

  • Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Newquay lifeboat station

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Newquay lifeboat station

  • Library picture: Newquay RNLI inshore lifeboats

    Library picture: Newquay RNLI inshore lifeboats

  • Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Newquay lifeboat station

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Newquay lifeboat station

  • Newquay RNLI D class inshore lifeboat back ashore after the rescue

    Newquay RNLI D class inshore lifeboat back ashore after the rescue

  • 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

  • Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Newquay lifeboat station

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Newquay lifeboat station

  • Library picture: Newquay RNLI Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat

    Newquay RNLI Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat

  • Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Newquay lifeboat station

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Newquay lifeboat station

  • Newquay RNLI Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Gladys Mildred

    Newquay RNLI Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Gladys Mildred

  • Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Newquay lifeboat station

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Newquay lifeboat station

  • Newquay RNLI inshore lifeboat with Galcadora and rescue helicopter Credit RNLI Newquay

    Newquay RNLI inshore lifeboat with Galcadora and rescue helicopter Credit RNLI Newquay

  • Newquay and Padstow RNLI lifeboats seen at Newquay Lifeboat Day 2013

    Newquay and Padstow RNLI lifeboats seen at Newquay Lifeboat Day 2013.

  • Andy Hobkinson Newq

    Andy Hobkinson Newquay LPO

  • The two Newquay RNLI inshore lifeboats return to the harbour after the incident.

    The two Newquay inshore lifeboats

  • Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Newquay lifeboat station

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Newquay lifeboat station

  • Newquay RNLI volunteers seen here aboard the D class inshore lifeboat at Newquay Lifeboat Day 2013

    Newquay RNLI lifeboat volunteers seen here at Newquay Lifeboat Day 2013

  • Carol with RNLI volunteers Matt King (on the left) and Tim Stokes on their return from call to sinking fishing boat

    Carol with RNLI volunteers Matt King (on the left) and Tim Stokes on their return from call

  • Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Newquay lifeboat station

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Newquay lifeboat station

  • Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Newquay lifeboat station

    Volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer at Newquay lifeboat station

  • Newquay RNLI inshore lifeboats, seen here three days earlier at Newquay Lifeboat Day 2013

    Newquay RNLI inshore lifeboats, seen here three days earlier at Newquay Lifeboat Day 2013

  • Portrait of Andy Hobkinson Newquay RNLI LPO

    Newquay LPO Andy Hobkinson

  • Newquay RNLI D class inshore lifeboat back ashore after the rescue

    Newquay RNLI D class inshore lifeboat back ashore after the rescue

  • Newquay RNLI Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat will be one of the assets on display at the station's lifeboat day on Sunday 18 August 2013.

    Newquay RNLI Atlantic inshore lifeboat

  • The Newquay inshore lifeboat is washed down and refuelled after the service on 30 July 2013.

    Washing down after the launch

  • Andy Hobkinson LPO at Newquay

    Andy Hobkinson Newquay LPO

  • Andy Hobkinson the LPO at Newquay lifeboat station.

    Andy Hobkinson LPO at Newquay

  • The Newquay RNLI Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat at sea.

    Library picture Newquay Atlantic 85 at sea

  • Library shot of Newquay RNLI Atlantic class inshore lifeboat Gladys Mildred being put through her paces at Lifeboat Day last year 2012

    Newquay RNLI Atlantic inshore lifeboat

  • The two Newquay RNLI inshore lifeboats returning after the rescue at Bedruthan Steps.

    Lifeboats return after Bedruthan Steps rescue

  • Geoff and Christine Brown of Newquay lifeboat station receive their awards from Paul Taylor

    Geoff and Christine Brown receive their awards

  • Gareth Horner, Lifeboat Operations Manager at Newquay, receives his award from Paul Taylor, Station Mechanic at Poole lifeboat station.

    Gareth Horner receives his award

  • Newquay RNLI lifeboat alongside yacht credit RNLI Newquay

    Newquay RNLI lifeboat alongside yacht credit RNLI Newquay

  • Newquay RNLI lifeboat alongside yacht credit RNLI Newquay

    Newquay RNLI lifeboat alongside yacht credit RNLI Newquay

  • Pictures taken from Newquay's RNLI lifeboats on scene to a man who'd fallen from cliffs

    Images taken from the Newquay lifeboats on scene

  • Newquay RNLI lifeboats launch to missing walker

    Newquay RNLI lifeboats launch to missing walker

  • Newquay RNLI launch to fishing boat for the second time in a week

    Newquay RNLI launch to fishing boat for the second time in a week

  • Newquay RNLI launch to fishing boat for the second time in a week

    Newquay RNLI launch to fishing boat for the second time in a week-1

  • Newquay RNLI launched to fishing vessel

    Newquay RNLI launched to fishing vessel

  • Newquay RNLI assists two people cut off by the tide

    Newquay RNLI assists two people cut off by the tide

  • Newquay RNLI crew flex their muscles for lifeboat day

    Newquay RNLI crew flex their muscles for lifeboat day

  • Newquay RNLI steps out for summer ball

    Newquay RNLI steps out for summer ball

  • Taking sea, sand and lifesaving inland as the RNLI feature at the Royal Cornwall Show

    Taking sea, sand and lifesaving inland as the RNLI feature at the Royal Cornwall Show

  • Newquay RNLI urge caution in strong offshore winds

    Newquay RNLI urge caution in strong offshore winds

  • HRH The Duke of Kent to visit six RNLI lifeboat stations on two-day tour

    HRH The Duke of Kent to visit six RNLI lifeboat stations on two-day tour

  • Newquay RNLI lifeguards present cheque to Newquay RNLI lifeboat.

    Newquay RNLI lifeguards present cheque to Newquay RNLI lifeboat.

  • Newquay RNLI loses Mangled Prop

    Newquay RNLI loses Mangled Prop

  • From dry suit to running kit – Ben gets going for Newquay RNLI

    From dry suit to running kit – Ben gets going for Newquay RNLI

  • Newquay RNLI defend “Mangled Prop” in 13th annual RNLI vs. Police rugby match

    Newquay RNLI defend “Mangled Prop” in 13th annual RNLI vs. Police rugby match

  • 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

  • Newquay RNLI - Local runner legs it for lifeboats

    Newquay RNLI - Local runner legs it for lifeboats

  • Newquay RNLI's Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Gladys Mildred

    Newquay RNLI's Atlantic 85 lifeboat Gladys Mildred

Image of lifeboat
 


Lifeboat name: 
Gladys Mildred

Lifeboat class: B class (Atlantic 85)

Funded by: Generous bequest of Mrs Gladys Hay of Saltash, Cornwall

Read more about the B class


Image of lifeboat



Lifeboat name:
Valerie Wilson

Lifeboat class: D class

Read more about the D class

1853
Silver Medal awarded to Thomas Tegg, Master of the sloop Caroline for rescuing the crew of the schooner Comet which was embayed between Towan Head and Pentire Head, on the coast of Cornwall, during a north north westerly gale on 26 February 1852.

1855
Silver Medal awarded to Seaman Charles Pearce for a service on 20 December 1854 to the schooner New Jane that was wrecked on rocks near Newquay.  Mr Pearce climbed over rocks and helped the crew to escape over the bowsprit. 

1859
Silver Medal awarded to Chief boatman, HM Coastguard William Henry Tregidgo for a service on 26 October 1859 when using two teams of his men in the Coastguard he rescued 11 men from the schooner Union and the lugger Anais both of which were wrecked in a gale.

1868
Lifeboat capsized on exercise without loss of life.

1895
Slipway at Towan Head completed.

1899
Lifeboat house constructed at Towan Head at a cost of over £700.  Adaptation of slipway £200.

1908
On 6 March when returning from exercise the lifeboat was capsized twice, all the crew, including the district inspector was thrown into the sea, and on the second occasion all regained the boat except Harry Storey who died from shock.  The Committee of Management voted £205 to local funds.

1913
The sum of £32 paid as compensation for injury to horse.

1918
Silver Medal awarded to Coxswain James Gill and Bronze Medal to Second Coxswain R J Trebilcock for the service on 17 December 1917 to ss Osten of Denmark seen drafting in a furious north easterly gale, but before she gathered speed she was struck by heavy sea and thrown on her beam ends.  She righted at once but was dashed on the rocks and smashed to pieces.  The crew managed to get a rope on shore and with assistance reached the land in exhausted condition but without loss of life.  Five men were severely injured.  The steamer was brought to safety later.

1934
Station closed.

1940
Station re-opened temporarily as a wartime measure; finally closed 1945.

1965
Inshore lifeboat station established with the placing on service of a D class lifeboat in June.

1968
Announced in June that the Newquay inshore lifeboat is to be equipped with a VHF radio telephone set.

1973
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to crew member Norman Bailey in recognition of his courage when on 1 May in a confused and dangerous sea and without regard for his own safety, he swam 60 yards from the ILB to Horse Rocks to encourage and re-assure 11 people who were stranded, until they were rescued.

1983
D class lifeboat withdrawn and replaced by a C class on 14 December.

1984
A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Duke of Atholl, Chairman of the Institution addressed to Helmsman D Snell and crew members W Martin, C Pearce and P Rockall in recognition of their skill in the lifeboat when on 30 November they carried out the rescue of a sea angler who had been washed off rocks on the western end of Fistral Beach and administering first aid under very difficult conditions.

A Vellum was awarded to commemorate the stations aggregate service of 100 years.

1994
Old Seaman's mission demolished and a joint RNLI boathouse/ Seaman's Mission was constructed.

The new boathouse provides housing for both the D and Atlantic 21 class lifeboats as well as improved crew facilities.  D class lifeboat was placed on all-year-round service at Newquay on 12 December.

1995
A relief Atlantic 21 lifeboat was placed on temporary station duty on 15 February.  The C class lifeboat was withdrawn.

Atlantic 21 lifeboat withdrawn and replaced by an Atlantic 75 class lifeboat B715 which was placed on service on 13 September.

1996
A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution, was awarded to crew member Kevin Gee in recognition of the service in the D class lifeboat to three people cut off by tide in the vicinity of Bedruthern Steps, nine metres up a cliff in a cove.  In all, eight runs were made before all the casualties were recovered from the cove.  The service took place in south westerly Force 3-4 wind and moderate sea state on 30 July.

New D class lifeboat D497 placed on service on 11 April.

1997
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to crew members of the D class lifeboat Jeremy Griffiths, Gareth Horner, Martin Snell in recognition of the service on 26 March when three people were cut off by tide.  This service was conducted in very difficult conditions with a fine display of teamwork between lifeboat, coastguard and helicopter.

2000
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Helmsman Wayne Martin and framed Chairman's letters presented to crew members. Laurence Pascoe, Jeremy Griffiths and tractor driver Philip Trebilcock for the rescue of two wind-surfers in severe weather conditions on 22 July.

2005
A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution, Admiral Sir Jock Slater was awarded to Helmsman Kevin Gee in recognition of his initiative, judgment and first class seamanship when a surfer’s life was saved on the afternoon of 18 April 2005.  The service was conducted in force 7 winds and large waves.

The new class of lifeboat IB1, D636 Valerie Wilson was placed on service on Thursday 17 February.  D497 has been withdrawn.

2007
The new Atlantic 85 class lifeboat B821 The Gladys Mildred was placed on service on 29 October.  This lifeboat was generously funded by Gladys Mildred Hay.  Lifeboat B715 has been withdrawn

2010
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum was accorded to Helmsman Mark Morris and crew member Aaron Trebilcock for the rescue of two men, who had been jogging, by the tide on 27 January 2010. The hypothermic and exhausted men were saved in heavy surf from a rocky shore. Crew member Richard Martin received a framed Chairman’s letter for his contribution to the service.  Also Helmsman Morris received the Emile Robin award from the Shipwrecked Mariners and Fishermen’s Royal Benevolent Society for this service and Aaron Trebilcock received a special commendation from the Society.

MEDAL RECORD
Two Silver Medals have been awarded the last in 1918.