Padstow
Lifeboat Station

Station History

The Padstow Lifeboat station moved to its current location at Mother Ivey’s Bay, near Trevose Head in 1967 following problems with silting in the estuary which prevented the Lifeboat from launching at all states of the tide. The new location provided some protection from the strong Atlantic swells allowing the Lifeboat to be launched at any state of the tide with the minimum of restrictions. The station provides an essential response along over 50 miles of rugged and inhospitable coastline and over 100 miles offshore towards the coast of Ireland.

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A New Lifeboat

With the introduction of the new Tamar Class lifeboat it was deemed too costly to adapt the old station and slipway to house the new Lifeboat and its associated facilities. Plans were put in place for the construction of a new station adjacent to the original one allowing the station and Lifeboat to remain operational throughout the construction phase. The new Padstow Lifeboat Station was completed and opened in 2006 ready for our new Tamar Class Lifeboat Spirit Of Padstow.

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A New Station

A jack up barge was present for much of the build and was the platform from which a lot of the work was carried out. Most of the materials to build the station were delivered by sea from Padstow by landing craft. Concrete for the station build was done in stages and was brought in by lorries and delivered on to the site by a concrete pump station in the field above the site.

The latest Lifeboat station not only provides the home for our Tamar class Lifeboat, it also provides all the other facilities associated with a modern Lifeboat station including a workshop, crew changing facilities, welfare facilities, training rooms and a visitor area.

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