About Skegness RNLI

The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) has operated lifeboats from Skegness since 1864, having taken over the running of the boats from the Lincolnshire Coast Shipwreck Association.

The town is now home to two lifeboats and, since 2009, Skegness beach has also welcomed the introduction of RNLI lifeguards. In 2014 the lifeguard cover was expanded to Ingolmells beach during peak summer season.


A Brief History

1830
The first lifeboat was provided by the Lincolnshire Coast Shipwreck Association.

1851
A Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain Samuel Moody for service over 21 years, saving 53 lives.

1854
A second Silver Medal was awarded to Coxswain Samuel Moody for saving 11 people from the brigantine Atalanta.

1864
The RNLI took over the station and a new boathouse was built.

1874
Shore Helper Matthew Hildred (17) was run over by the carriage and killed during an exercise launch on 28 April of the new lifeboat Herbert Ingram.

1876
Silver Medals were awarded to Crew Members Samuel Moody and George Chesnutt for saving the Master of the barge Star. Mr Moody and Mr Chesnutt jumped in the icy water to rescue him and held on to the lifeboatís life-lines while the boat was rowed to the shore.

1892
A new boathouse with doors at both ends was built on the main Promenade.

1928
A Centenary Vellum was awarded to the station.

1932
A tractor was sent to the station for launching the lifeboat.

1954
Coxswain W Perrin was awarded the Silver Medal of the National Canine Defence League for attempting to rescue a dog that had fallen through the ice.

1964
An inshore lifeboat (ILB) station was established in May with a D class lifeboat.

1975
An anniversary Vellum was presented to the station to celebrate 150 years as a lifeboat station.

1990
A new boathouse was built for the stationís new Mersey class lifeboat at the edge of the beach on Tower Esplanade. As well as providing housing for the Mersey class lifeboat and launching tractor, it provides housing for the station's D Class lifeboat, a workshop, an office, a souvenir sales outlet, and improved crew facilities.

The new Mersey class lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher arrived on 31 July and was official named on 30 September.

1994
A new D class lifeboat, Leicester Fox, was placed on service on 3 June. The new lifeboat was funded by the hard work of the Leicester RNLI branch.

1998
The Thanks of the Institution Inscribed on Vellum was awarded to Coxswain Paul Martin for the service on 11 April to the yacht Sea Fever. After five attempts, the lifeboat was close enough for crew member David Sellers to jump into the cockpit. The occupant was found to be suffering from exhaustion and seasickness but otherwise uninjured. The engine was disengaged and the crew were able to secure a tow line and head for Grimsby, the safest option in the prevailing weather conditions.

2002
A new D class lifeboat, Leicester Fox II, arrives on 22 February and is officially named on 7 September 2002. The lifeboat is the second Skegness inshore lifeboat to be funded by the Leicester RNLI branch.

A Framed Letter of Thanks was presented to Coxswain John Irving for the saving of the yacht Wing and her lone yachtsman on 5 May 2002, which was aground on the Long Sands in the Parlour Channel.

2009
The RNLI takes over the running of the lifeguard service on Skegness Central Beach from 28 May 2009.

2010
A new D class lifeboat, Peterborough Beer Festival IV, was placed on service on 2 October. The new lifeboat is the first "IB1" type of D class to be stationed at Skegness and was funded by donations at the CAMRA Peterborough Beer Festival.

2013
Coxswain/Mechanic John Irving retires after 28 years with Skegness lifeboat and 13 years as Coxswain/Mechanic. He is replaced by long-serving volunteer Ray Chapman (as Coxswain) and Mark Holley (as full-time Station Mechanic).

2014
RNLI lifeguards are introduced at Ingoldmells beach for the peak summer season between 5 July and 7 September 2014.

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