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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Newquay RNLI lifeboat volunteers were paged at 4.42pm on Thursday (25 September) and rescued two people trapped by the tide at Zacry’s Island near Whipsiderry. The couple were landed safely at Porth Beach two hours before high tide.
Newquay RNLI lifeboat volunteers were paged by Falmouth Coastguard at 6.27pm on Wednesday (10 September) and rescued a woman trapped on a ledge by the high spring tide opposite Towan Island.
Newquay Lifeboat Day on Sunday (24 August) will be the biggest fundraising event of the year for the town’s RNLI lifeboat volunteers and will be a day of seaside fun and rescue demonstration action for the whole family.
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Lifeboat name: Gladys Mildred
Lifeboat class: B class (Atlantic 85)
Funded by: Generous bequest of Mrs Gladys Hay of Saltash, Cornwall
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Lifeboat name: Valerie Wilson
Lifeboat class: D class
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1853Silver 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.
1855Silver 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.
1859Silver 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.
1868Lifeboat capsized on exercise without loss of life.
1895Slipway at Towan Head completed.
1899Lifeboat house constructed at Towan Head at a cost of over £700. Adaptation of slipway £200.
1908On 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.
1913The sum of £32 paid as compensation for injury to horse.
1918Silver 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.
1940Station re-opened temporarily as a wartime measure; finally closed 1945.
1965Inshore lifeboat station established with the placing on service of a D class lifeboat in June.
1968Announced in June that the Newquay inshore lifeboat is to be equipped with a VHF radio telephone set.
1973The 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.
1983D class lifeboat withdrawn and replaced by a C class on 14 December.
1984A 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.
1994Old 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.
1995A 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.
1996A 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.
1997The 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.
2000The 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.
2005A 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.
2007The 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
2010The 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 RECORDTwo Silver Medals have been awarded the last in 1918.
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