RNLI Lymington Station History

Our Timeline

1965

Lymington RNLI Inshore lifeboat station was formed out of an independent service previously run by the local sailing clubs. In 1965 the RNLI established an inshore lifeboat (ILB) station with a D class lifeboat.

1972

In 1972 a film was sponsored by Martel Cognac about the Lymington Lifeboat. It was very much of its era but shows many of our original founding crew and highlights how fashions have changed!  The film is split into two parts below.

1973

The D class lifeboat was withdrawn and replaced by a B class Atlantic 21 in August.

1978

A new boathouse was built near the Yacht Club and marinas.

1981

A Bronze Medal was awarded to Helmsman Alan Coster for saving two crew from the fishing vessel Al Mor, which was sinking at the entrance to the Lymington River. In a gale and rough sea he swam from the lifeboat and led her two crew over the marshes for half a mile to the lifeboat on 17 December 1980.

1987

1987 – visit of HRH The Princess Anne with her son Peter.

1988

Framed Letters of Thanks were awarded to Helmsman Alan Coster and Crew Member Michael Crowe for a service to a 28ft yacht, which was in difficulties off the Shingles Bank. Crew Member Nicholas Hayward and the helicopter crew also involved in this service received letters of appreciation from the Director.

1991

A first floor extension to the boathouse was completed to provide improved crew facilities and a souvenir sales outlet.

Visit of the HRH the Duke of Kent President of the RNLI.

2002

An Atlantic 75, (B-784) Victor ‘Danny’ Lovelock, replaced the Atlantic 21 lifeboat.

Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Helmsman Nicholas Hayward for saving the three crew and the yacht Piciess. Crew Members Barry Down, Robin Mursell and Austin Honeysett each received a Framed Letter of Thanks for this service. The B class lifeboat was operating at the very limit of her capabilities in a force 8/9 gale, torrential rain and very rough seas.

2006

A new ‘future proofed’ boathouse was built on the existing site, providing facilities for training, crew changing , workshop and storage together with an enlarged boat hall allowing the lifeboat launching cradle to be permanently hitched to the tractor for safer and faster launching.  An expanded souvenir outlet was also included at this time.

2015

Our 50th anniversary year saw the Atlantic 75 (B-874) Victor “Danny” Lovelock replaced by the Atlantic 85 (B-882) David Bradley providing extended range and capabilities. Display boards from the anniversary exhibition were added to the station internal walls as an education feature for visiting groups.