Penlee Lifeboat Station
Penlee Lifeboat Station has a remarkable history of bravery with the lifeboat crews being presented with 44 awards for gallantry during its 200-year history. The station has also witnessed tragedy with nine lifeboat crew losing their lives saving others at sea.
“The greatest act of courage that I have ever seen, and am ever likely to see, was the penultimate courage and dedication shown by the Penlee [crew] when it manoeuvred back alongside the casualty in over 60 ft breakers and rescued four people shortly after the Penlee had been bashed on top of the casualty’s hatch covers. They were truly the bravest eight men I’ve ever seen, who were also totally dedicated to upholding the highest standards of the RNLI.” Lt Cdr Smith USN
This station is classed as an Observe station. Observe stations also welcome visitors but many are in inaccessible places and best suited to maritime rescue rather than visits.
However, many of these stations are situated in stunning locations.
First established: 1803
RNLB Ivan Ellen – Severn Class All Weather Lifeboat (17-36)
Inshore LB (1):
RNLB Paul Alexander – Atalntic 75 Class Inshore Lifeboat (B-787)
Launches in 2008: 58
People Rescued in 2008: 46
Total Hours at Sea in 2008: 93hrs 10mins
Medals since 1824: 41 (3 Gold, 27 Silver, 11 Bronze)
Stations own web site: Penlee Lifeboat© Photograph of Old Penlee Lifeboat House with kind permission of Reading Tom Flckr