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Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Station

Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Station

Situated on the north coast of the Lleyn Peninsula in Gwynedd, North Wales, Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Station is the home of John D Spicer, a Tamar class lifeboat. During its history the lifeboat crews have been presented with five awards for gallantry.

This station is classed as an Explore station. Explore stations offer the best visitor experience. With free access, you can go inside and look around the station, see the lifeboat and, in most cases, pre-book a tour. They are normally open all year and have an RNLI gift shop. 

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05/10/2014 12:51
29/08/2014 13:04
19/08/2014 16:28
17/08/2014 21:11
11/08/2014 09:01
05/08/2014 10:57
30/07/2014 15:12
28/07/2014 14:25
21/07/2014 15:28
25/06/2014 12:38

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Station address:

Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Station
Lon Golff Morfa Nefyn
Gwynedd
LL53 6DA

Station telephone:

01758 720241

Station opening times:

Monday–Friday 9am–5pm plus most weekends in the summer

Visitor contact:

Mike Davis

Visitor contact telephone:

01758 720241

Shop telephone:

01758 720835

Shop opening times:

Easter–October
Monday–Sunday
11am–5pm
 

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.

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    The RNLI team at Porthcawl with the quilts

  • Porthcawl volunteer RNLI lifeboat crew were called to reports of a person in difficulties in the water near the notorious Witches Point, Southerndown.

    Fisherman’s life saved from sea by Porthcawl RNLI Lifeboats

  • Mayor of Bridgend County Borough, Councillor Gary Thomas with Marjorie Abraham

    Porthcawl RNLI fundraisers recognised at charity’s awards

  • Commander Timothy Conway, Mumbles RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager

    Tim Conway, Mumbles RNLI

  • John Westwood, Porthcawl RNLI Fundraiser

    John Westwood, Porthcawl

  • Dr Leo O'Connor accepting an Inscribed Statuette by James Vaughan, RNLI Fundraising and Communications Director

    Dr Leo O'Connor, New Quay

  • David Bowen accepting a bronze badge by James Vaughan, RNLI Fundraising and Communications Director

    David Bowen, Burry Port RNLI

  • Andrew Lowe accepting a Bronze Badge by James Vaughan, RNLI Fundraising and Communications Director.

    Andrew Lowe, Tenby Station Branch

  • Members of Moelfre Lifeboat group presented with an RNLI Supporter Award by James Vaughan, RNLI Fundraising and Communications Director.

    Members of Moelfre Lifeboat Group

  • Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

    Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

  • Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

    Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

  • Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

    Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

  • Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

    Welsh RNLI Flood Rescue Team returns from flood-hit communities in Somerset.

  • The new Tamar class lifeboat John D Spicer has just arrived on station. She replaces the Tyne class Hetty Rampton, which had served here proudly since 1987.

    Welsh RNLI volunteers welcome outdoor coastal rescue exhibition to Cardiff

  • Lifeguards and lifeboats head out to sea as 1,500 athletes from 43 different countries arrive to compete in the Ironman triathlon at Tenby's North Beach.

    Welsh RNLI volunteers welcome outdoor coastal rescue exhibition to Cardiff

  • Porthcawl'd the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Rose of the Shires punches through heavy surf.

    Welsh RNLI volunteers welcome outdoor coastal rescue exhibition to Cardiff

  • RNLI lifeguards, Porthcawl lifeboat crew and Llantwit Coastguard worked together to rescue a family trapped on the cliffs after they tried to climb to safety when they were cut off by the tide on Monday afternoon.

    Lifesaving teamwork helps rescue family trapped on cliffs on Southerndown beach

  • The QR code

    The QR code

  • The Memorial at Sker Point

    The Memorial at Sker Point

  • The volunteer crew of the Mumbles lifeboat the Babs and Agnes Robertson were called to the aid of a yacht on fire off Kenfig Beach at 5.30pm tonight (Friday 28 June).

    Swansea bay dramatic rescue by the Mumbles RNLI

  • Yacht in difficulty is rescued by Porthcawl RNLI

    Yacht in difficulty is rescued by Porthcawl RNLI

  • Porthcawl RNLI lifeboat

    Porthcawl RNLI lifeboat

  • Porthcawl RNLI lifeboat

    Porthcawl RNLI lifeboat

  • Porthcawl RNLI Lifeboat launches in strong winds and rough seas to save yacht

    Porthcawl RNLI Lifeboat launches in strong winds and rough seas to save yacht

  • Mumbles all-weather lifeboat preparing to take the tow from Porthcawl lifeboat

    Mumbles lifeboat called to aid stricken yacht.

  • Barry Gourlay from Anstruther lifeboat station with his RNLI Bronze medal for Gallantry.

    Barry Gourlay from Anstruther lifeboat

  • Port Isaac lifeboat crew (L-R) Matt Main, Nichola-Jane Bradbury, Damien Bolton with their medals

    Port Isaac lifeboat crew with their medals

  • The RNLI Flood Rescue Team (L-R Chris Missen, Paul Eastment, Martin Blaker-Rowe) with their Gallantry Medals.

    The RNLI Flood Rescue Team with their Medals

  • Group shot of RNLI gallantry medallists at a photocall at Tower lifeboat station in London.

    RNLI gallantry medallists at Tower lifeboat station

  • Abersoch RNLI cliff rescue

    Abersoch RNLI cliff rescue

  • RNLI Porthcawl’s new inshore lifeboat to be officially named

    RNLI Porthcawl’s new inshore lifeboat to be officially named

  • Sailing boat with broken mast off Porthcawl

    Sailing boat with broken mast off Porthcawl

  • Porthcawl RNLI lifeboat rescues swimmers

    Porthcawl RNLI lifeboat rescues swimmers

  • New RNLI lifeboat arrives in Porthcawl

    New RNLI lifeboat arrives in Porthcawl-2

  • New RNLI lifeboat arrives in Porthcawl

    New RNLI lifeboat arrives in Porthcawl-1

  • New RNLI lifeboat arrives in Porthcawl

    New RNLI lifeboat arrives in Porthcawl

  • RNLI Flood Rescue Team at the multi-agency exercise ‘Watermark’ in Bala in 2011.

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team prepare for major flooding exercise in north Wales

  • Blue Peter presenter joins RNLI Flood Rescue Team for special training exercise

    Blue Peter presenter joins RNLI Flood Rescue Team for special training exercise

  • After a busy winter the RNLI Flood Rescue Team volunteers recently met in Anglesey to practice their lifesaving skills.

    Blue Peter presenter joins RNLI Flood Rescue Team for special training exercise

  • Porthcawl lifeboats launched to mayday call

    Porthcawl lifeboats launched to mayday call

  • Giles Cartoons Prove a Constant Christmas Favourite

    Giles Cartoons Prove a Constant Christmas Favourite

  • New Book Reveals the Bravery of the Women of the RNLI

    New Book Reveals the Bravery of the Women of the RNLI-3

  • New Book Reveals the Bravery of the Women of the RNLI

    New Book Reveals the Bravery of the Women of the RNLI-2

  • New Book Reveals the Bravery of the Women of the RNLI

    New Book Reveals the Bravery of the Women of the RNLI-1

  • New Book Reveals the Bravery of the Women of the RNLI

    New Book Reveals the Bravery of the Women of the RNLI

  • Copyright 2013 Robin Goodlad

    The team return to the scene of the rescue

  • Copyright 2013 Robin Goodlad

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team Volunteer Martin Blaker-Rowe

  • Copyright 2013 Robin Goodlad

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team volunteer Chris Missen

  • Copyright 2013 Robin Goodlad

    Boat Team Leader Paul Eastment

  • Copyright 2013 Robin Goodlad

    The boat team and Vanessa at the site of the rescue

  • Copyright 2013 Robin Goodlad

    The RNLI Flood Rescue Team with Vanessa Glover

  • Copyright 2013 Robin Goodlad

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team Volunteer Chris Missen

  • First RNLI Gallantry Medals awarded to Flood Rescue Team

    Vanessa Glover with (left) Chris Missen and Paul Eastment

  • Porthcawl Lifeboat rescues yacht lost in the dark

    Porthcawl Lifeboat rescues yacht lost in the dark

  • RNLI fundraiser Marjorie braves the elements once more

    RNLI fundraiser Marjorie braves the elements once more

  • 'Pigsy' and Pops walk for the Barry Dock lifeboat

    'Pigsy' and Pops walk for the Barry Dock lifeboat

  • Cycle ride in memory of Mike

    Cycle ride in memory of Mike

  • Porthcawl cycle ride in memory of lond-standing lifeboat volunteer

    Porthcawl cycle ride in memory of lond-standing lifeboat volunteer

  • Lifeboat helicopter exercise pays off on real emergency

    Lifeboat helicopter exercise pays off on real emergency

  • Masonic Support for the RNLI

    Masonic Support for the RNLI

  • Masonic Support for the RNLI

    Masonic Support for the RNLI

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    Porthcawl lifeboat loses longest-serving volunteer

  • Inland donation appreciated by RNLI

    Inland donation appreciated by RNLI

  • Lifeboats, camera, action - The RNLI announces winner of its Photographer of the Year competition

    Lifeboats, camera, action - The RNLI announces winner of its Photographer of the Year competition-3

  • Lifeboats, camera, action - The RNLI announces winner of its Photographer of the Year competition

    Lifeboats, camera, action - The RNLI announces winner of its Photographer of the Year competition-2

  • Lifeboats, camera, action - The RNLI announces winner of its Photographer of the Year competition

    Lifeboats, camera, action - The RNLI announces winner of its Photographer of the Year competition-1

  • Lifeboats, camera, action - The RNLI announces winner of its Photographer of the Year competition

    Lifeboats, camera, action - The RNLI announces winner of its Photographer of the Year competition

  • Heroic river rescue by two Porthcawl RNLI lifeboat volunteers

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team Martin Blakerrowe, Paul Eastment and Christopher Missen return to the site of

  • Porthcawl RNLI volunteers rescue surfer from rough seas off Porthcawl

    Porthcawl RNLI lifeboats

  • Second Lifeboat for Porthcawl

    Second Lifeboat for Porthcawl

  • Busy day for Porthcawl Lifeboat Volunteers

    Busy day for Porthcawl Lifeboat Volunteers

  • Busy day for Porthcawl RNLI Lifeboat Volunteers

    Busy day for Porthcawl RNLI Lifeboat Volunteers

  • 'Britain's Favourite Cartoonist’ raises thousands for charity at Christmas, 16 years after his death

    'Britain's Favourite Cartoonist’ raises thousands for charity at Christmas, 16 years after his death

  • Lifeboat volunteers and Coastguards deal with emergency call during fund raising event.

    Lifeboat volunteers and Coastguards deal with emergency call during fund raising event.-1

  • Lifeboat volunteers and Coastguards deal with emergency call during fund raising event.

    Lifeboat volunteers and Coastguards deal with emergency call during fund raising event.

  • Lifeboat volunteers and Coastguards deal with emergency call during fund raising event.

    Lifeboat volunteers and Coastguards deal with emergency call during fund raising event.-1

  • Lifeboat volunteers and Coastguards deal with emergency call during fund raising event.

    Lifeboat volunteers and Coastguards deal with emergency call during fund raising event.

  • Porthcawl RNLI crew called out in rough seas to four people cut off by the tide

    Porthcawl RNLI crew called out in rough seas to four people cut off by the tide

  • Mayday rescue for Porthcawl RNLI volunteers

    Porthcawl RNLI respond to mayday call of kayakers in difficutly off Newton Point

  • RNLI volunteers bring 43 members of the public to safety in St Asaph flooding

    RNLI Flood Rescue Team during St Asaph flooding

  • RNLI volunteers continue flood training after wettest summer for 100 years

    Members of the Wales and West Flood Rescue Team

  • Search For Missing Vessel

    Heading Through Heavy Surf

  • South Wales RNLI lifeboats in sinking dive boat rescue

    The Mumbles all-weather lifeboat tows the vessel to safety

  • Wind and rain results in fewer launches for Welsh RNLI lifeboat crews

    Trearddur Bay RNLI Atlantic 85 Lifeboat Hereford Endeavour

  • Masonic donation appreciated by Porthcawl RNLI

    Masonic support for Porthcawl RNLI

  • Porthcawl Shop

    Porthcawl Shop

  • Image of recovery of Porthcawl Atlantic 85 - Nigel Millard

    Recovery of Porthcawl Atlantic 85 - Nigel Millard

The arrival of Porthdinllaen's new Tamar class all-weather lifeboat, John D Spicer. Photo: RNLI / Nicholas Leach

 

Lifeboat name: John D Spicer

Lifeboat class: Tamar

Funded by: the generous bequest of Mr John Dominic Spicer from Oxfordshire

Read more about the Tamar

1864
A lifeboat house constructed at a cost of £140.

1888
A new lifeboat house and slipway constructed at a cost of £1,200.

1913
On quarterly exercise of the lifeboat, Mr William Thomas, a member of the local committee, had his left foot torn off through getting it caught in the quarter stopper.  Committee of Management granted £500 to cover medical and other expenses.

1951
Silver Medal awarded to Second Coxswain William Dop for his intrepid seamanship in the rescue of three people from the yacht Waterbell that was forced to anchor close in to Porth Oer in a mass of breaking water on the night of 8/9 August.  The lifeboat arrived on scene half an hour after midnight in pitch dark and an increasing wind.  The coxswain took her between the yacht and the rocks, which enabled the three men to jump aboard.  He then brought the lifeboat out stern first and returned to station at 5.30am.

1964
A Centenary Vellum awarded.

1975
Bronze Medal awarded to Coxswain Griffith J Jones for the rescue of a man on the night of 20 September seen clinging in the dark to a rock a quarter of a mile north of the lifeboat house.  Using the lifeboat station’s boarding boat in strong gale force south-westerly winds and rough sea with a heavy swell, together with his son, negotiated the narrow channels, reached the exhausted man, and pulled him to safety aboard the boat.  His 14-year-old son Eric, who also manned the boarding boat, was awarded an inscribed wristwatch.

1977
Bronze Medal for gallantry awarded to crew member Glyn Roberts and the Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Second Coxswain Scott for the rescue of a boy trapped 80 feet up the cliff face at Porth-y-Nant on the night of 31 August/1 September.  Glyn Roberts and Second Coxswain John Scott launched lifeboat at 11.15pm and went ashore in a boarding boat between dangerous rocks in an eight foot swell.  Glyn Roberts climbed 80 foot up the cliff face to bring the boy to safety.  A second boy was also rescued from the beach.

1981
Bronze Medal for gallantry awarded to Second Coxswain Michael Massarelli in recognition of his courage, determination and seamanship when the lifeboat under his command rescued two men who had been thrown into the water when their inflatable dinghy capsized and was clinging to the side in Porthdinllaen Bay in north-easterly gale and a very rough sea on the afternoon of 25 April.

2006
It was agreed by the Operations Committee on 8 February and resolved by the Trustee Committee at their meeting on 5 April that Porthdinllaen be allocated a Tamar class lifeboat to replace the existing Tyne class lifeboat in due course.

2010
Breakwater repairs completed in October.

MEDAL RECORD
One Silver and three Bronze Medals have been awarded, the last being voted in 1981.