Portsmouth is one of 236 lifeboat stations around the UK. The safety and comfort of our volunteer lifeboat crews and the protection of their lifeboats is paramount. So it’s crucial they have lifeboat stations that are fit for purpose. Every second counts when launching our lifeboats and each class of lifeboat requires specific shore facilities such as a boathouse, slipway or pontoon berth. Our volunteers need to be comfortable with supporting facilities including a changing room, training and crew room, workshop and communications area. Work to maintain, improve and rebuild our lifeboat stations is ongoing to accommodate new classes of lifeboats, update crew facilities and, ultimately, to ensure an effective lifesaving service.
For 40 years an inshore lifeboat at Portsmouth has provided search and rescue cover for the eastern Solent. 20 awards for gallantry have been presented to the crew. Today the station operates two inshore lifeboats.
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, they are situated in stunning locations so why not enjoy the local area, using the station as a starting point?