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Port Talbot Lifeboat Station

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For nearly 40 years an inshore lifeboat at Port Talbot has covered an area of Swansea Bay. Port Talbot is one of the more recent lifeboat stations in Wales.

 

Recent launches from this station

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18/09/2016 17:13
10/09/2016 22:37
10/09/2016 22:31
18/08/2016 12:04
16/08/2016 00:39
26/07/2016 10:15
23/07/2016 01:30
19/06/2016 19:39
19/06/2016 19:38
29/04/2016 01:38

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Station address:

Port Talbot Lifeboat Station
Princess Margaret Way
Port Talbot
Neath & Port Talbot 
SA12 6QW

Station telephone:

01639 884290

Station opening times:

9am–1pm Sunday
Don't miss: crew training on 9am–1pm Sunday

Accessibility:

Parking

Visitor contact:

Mel Cooper

Visitor contact telephone:

01639 897809
01639 894335

Shop telephone:

01639 896687

Shop opening times:

Easter–September
Monday–Sunday
10.30am–4.30pm

OctoberEaster
SaturdaySunday
10.30am–4.30pm

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.

  • relaxing at last

    Port Talbot LPO

  • Launching into a moderate sea

    Launching The Boat

  • Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat

    Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat

  • Taking it easy for a change

    Port Talbot LPO

  • The lifeboat being moved into the sea ready for launching

    The Lifeboat Launching

  • LPO at Port Talbot, Mel Cooper

    Port Talbot LPO

  • The lifeboat being launched off the beach

    Launching in Choppy Conditions

  • Mel Cooper, the LPO at Port Talbot

    Port Talbot LPO

  • The lifeboat comes into the beach for recovery

    Port Talbot ILB Returns

  • The Port Talbot LPO Mel Cooper

    Local LPO

  • The Port Talbot lifeboat being launched off the beach.

    Launching Into A Heavy Sea

  • Mel Cooper, the LPO

    Port Talbot LPO

  • The lifeboat being launched off the beach

    Lifeboat Being Launched

  • Mel Cooper

    Mel Cooper

  • Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat - 50 years on

    Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat - 50 years on

  • First launch of Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat

    First launch of Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat

  • Jean Jones, Port Talbot fundraiser with crew member Kyle James

    Jean Jones, Port Talbot fundraiser with crew member Kyle James

  • The new station's official opening in July 1985

    The new station's official opening in July 1985

  • Jean Jones has been volunteering with Port Talbot RNLI for 50 years

    Jean Jones has been volunteering with Port Talbot RNLI for 50 years

  • Port Talbot volunteer Kyle James with Jean Jones

    Port Talbot volunteer Kyle James with Jean Jones

  • The Port Talbot LPO, Mel Cooper

    Port Talbot LPO

  • The lifeboat launching off he beach.

    Lifeboat launches

  • Taking it easy for a change

    Port Talbot LPO

  • The lifeboat sets off through a choppy sea.

    Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat launches

  • Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat

    Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat

  • Having a break.

    Port Talbot's LPO

  • Rescue 189 passes the station.

    Rescue 189 Passing The Station

  • The winchman explaining the details of lifting etc, to the lifeboat crew.

    Helicopter Winchman Talking To The Liofeboat Crew

  • Port Talbot RNLI crew exercising with the helicopter

    Port Talbot RNLI crew exercising with the helicopter

  • Having a break

    Port Talbot LPO

  • The lifeboat heads to sea.

    The Lifeboat Launching

  • Having a break.

    Port Talbot LPO

  • Launching through heavy surf

    The Lifeboat Launches

  • Mel Cooper, the LPO at Port  RNLI lifeboat station.

    Port Talbot LPO

  • The Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat launching on exercise.

    The Lifeboat Launches

  • Port Talbot's LPO Mel Cooper

    Lifeboat Press Officer

  • The lifeboat is launched into a choppy sea.

    The Lifeboat Launches

  • Mel Cooper, Port Talbot's LPO

    Port Talbot LPO

  • The Port Talbot lifeboat is recovered after a training exercise.

    Recovering The Lifeboat

  • Port Talbot's LPO, Mel Cooper

    Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Four members of the Port Talbot fundraising committee presented with awards.

    Awards Presentation

  • Martin Jones, Rhyl, Bryn Ellis, Pwllheli and Gemma Gill, from Aberystwyth during the deployment. Credit RNLI

    Martin Jones, Rhyl, Bryn Ellis, Pwllheli and Gemma Gill, from Aberystwyth during the deployment.

  • Mel Cooper the LPO at Port Talbot

    Port Talbot LPO

  • The lifeboat carrying out a training exercise off Aberavon beach.

    The Lifeboat On Exercise

  • Mel Cooper LPO

    LPO at Port Talbot

  • The lifeboat sets off on its mission

    The Lifeboat Launches

  • Mel Cooper the local LPO

    Port Talbot's LPO

  • Port Talbot ILB being launched off the beach

    The Lifeboat Launches

  • A volunteer crew member of The Mumbles RNLI lifeboat assisting the fishing boat with engine problems

    A volunteer crew member of The Mumbles RNLI lifeboat assisting the fishing boat with engine problems

  • The Mumbles RNLI all-weather lifeboat

    The Mumbles RNLI all-weather lifeboat

  • The LPO at Port Talbot, Mel Cooper

    Lifeboat Press Officer

  • The lifeboat is launched through an incoming tide

    Port Talbot ILB Launches

  • Mel Cooper LPO

    Port Talbot LPO

  • Launching into a choppy sea

    Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat launches

  • Mel Cooper relaxing after a 'shout'

    Port Talbot's LPO

  • The Port Talbot lifeboat launches into quite a choppy sea.

    The Lifeboat Launches

  • Mort Talbot's LPO Mel Cooper

    RNLI LPO

  • The lifeboat on its way to the casualty

    The Lifeboat Sets Off

  • Port Talbot LPO Mel Cooper

    Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Some of the people who attended the memorial service.

    Memorial Service at Port Talbot Lifeboat Station

  • The plaque and roll of honour for Neat and Port Talbot

    Merchant Navy Memorial

  • Mel Cooper, LPO at Port Talbot

    Port Talbot LPO

  • The Port Talbot RNLI lifeboat just leaving the beach.

    The Lifeboat Sets Off On a Search

  • Mel Cooper the LPO taking a break.

    Port Talbot LPO

  • The Mumbles RNLI lifeboat launches

    The Mumbles RNLI lifeboat launches

  • The lifeboat setting off on a search.

    Port Talbot Lifeboat At Sea

  • Port Talbot's LPO Mel Cooper

    Port Talbot LPO

  • The lifeboat gets ready to set off to sea

    The Lifeboat About To Proceed

  • Mel Cooper, Port Talbot's LPO

    Port Talbot LPO

  • The lifeboat returns to the beach for recovery.

    The Lifeboat Returns

  • Mel Cooper the LPO at Port Talbot

    Port Talbot LPO

  • The lifeboat due to set off  on a fairly calm sea

    The Lifeboat Being Launched

  • Mel Cooper, Port Talbot's LPO

    Lifeboat Press Officer

  • The Port Talbot lifeboat arrives back for recovery

    The Lifeboat Returns To Shore

  • Port Talbot's LPO Mel Cooper

    LPO

  • Setting off on another 'Shout@

    The Lifeboat Launches

  • Lifeboat Press Officer Mel Cooper

    Port Talbot's LPO

  • The Port Talbot lifeboat launches into a calm sea.

    The Lifeboat Launches

  • Port Talbot's LPO Mel Cooper

    Port Talbot LPO

  • The lifeboat is launched into a fairly calm sea,

    The Lifeboat Launching

  • Mel Cooper the LPO at Port Talbot

    Port Talbot LPO

  • The lifeboat being returned to the boathouse.

    The Lifeboat Being Recovered

  • Taking a rest.

    Port Talbot LPO

  • The lifeboat launching into quite a choppy sea.

    The Port Talbot RNLI Lifeboat Launches

  • The lifeboat being launched on a good day

    Port Talbot RNLI LIfeboat Launches

  • RNLI Mayday Fundraising Campaign

    RNLI Mayday appeal

  • Port Talbot RNLI respond to boating accident on the River Neath

    Port Talbot RNLI respond to boating accident on the River Neath

  • George Curtis (left) and Dean Fyfield (right) respond to their first lifeboat service last night.

    Port Talbot RNLI respond to boating accident on the River Neath

  • Port Talbot's LPO, Mel Cooper

    Port Talbot LPO

  • P.ort Talbot RNLI lifeboat launches off the beach

    Launching Through Heavy Surf

  • Port Talbot's LPO Mel Cooper

    Lifeboat Press Officer

  • The Port Talbot lifeboat launches off the beach

    Launching Through Heavy Surf

  • Port Talbot's LPO Mel Cooper

    Lifeboat Press Officer

  • Ffyon Thomas is going for her Gold award and joining the lifeboat crew.

    Duke of Edinburgh Awardee

  • Porthcawl RNLI volunteers during a training exercise

    Porthcawl RNLI

  • Mel Cooper, Port Talbot's lifeboat press officer

    Port Talbot LPO

  • Morgan who is training for his bronze DOE certificate

    Duke of Edinburgh Awardee

  • Mel Cooper, LPO at Port Talbot lifeboat station

    Port Talbot LPO

  • The Air Ambulance after landing on Aberavon beach together with the RNLI landrover and other emergency vehicles

    Emergency Vehicles And Helimed on Aberavon Beach

  • Port Talbot,s LPO.

    Mel Cooper LPO

Image of lifeboat
 

Lifeboat name: Nigel Martin Spender

Lifeboat class: D class

Read more about the D class

1966
D class lifeboat placed on service on 22 May.  Council paid £750 towards the cost of the inshore lifeboat house and the balance was paid by Mr D A Scott and associates.

1968
Mayor presented a plaque to the station bearing the coat of arms of the borough.  The plaque is exhibited in the boathouse.

1995
Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to crew member Robert Vernon Harris in recognition of his courage, initiative and seamanship when in rough seas he transferred from the lifeboat to the 24ft converted ship’s lifeboat Panama to secure a tow and to reassure the three crew whilst the craft was towed to a mooring in the River Afan on 4 March.  The Panama had suffered engine failure.

Framed Letters of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution awarded to crew members Leigh Worth and Stanley May in recognition of their fine efforts during this service.

1999
Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution, Mr David Acland, presented to Helmsman Matthew Rossi and crew member Leon Murphy for a service on the night of 5 November.  A letter signed by the Director, was presented to crew member David Jones.  A man had fallen overboard from the ore carrier Mineral Century.  Despite a nine to fifteen feet swell and rough seas the man was recovered and airlifted to hospital.  The man had initially been found by the pilot vessel Seamark and the master received a letter signed by the Chief of Operations.

2002
Following the visit on 4 September 2001 by the Coast Review delegation, led by Commodore R C Hastie, it was agreed by the Search and Rescue Committee on 6 February 2002 and resolved by the Executive Committee at their meeting on 10 April 2002 that there be no change to the lifeboat cover provided at Port Talbot Lifeboat Station.

2006
The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Helmsman David Jones and crewmember Christopher Thomas, and crewmember Rachel Thomas received a Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution, Admiral Sir Jack Slater, in recognition of their actions when the D class inshore lifeboat saved the life of a man who was overboard from a small motor boat in south westerly Force 6/7 winds and three metre swells.  Christopher Thomas had to enter the sea to recover the man, who had submerged.  First aid was rendered once the man was recovered.  (The second man on the small motor boat was recovered by an RAF helicopter.)

2009
The new station D class lifeboat D713 Nigel Martin Spender was placed on service on 17 March.  Lifeboat D550 has been withdrawn.

2012
Following the visit on Tuesday 24 January 2012 by the Coast Review delegation, led by Rear Admiral John Tolhurst, it was agreed by the Operations Committee on 21 March 2012 and resolved by the Trustee Board at their meeting on 4 April 2012 that there be no change to the lifeboat cover provided by Port Talbot Lifeboat Station.