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Bembridge Lifeboat is a "Discover" RNLI station

Located at the eastern end of the Isle of Wight, adjacent to the infamous Bembridge Ledge

1100 am - Boathouse, shop, and stalls open

1230 pm - Last entry to the boathouse

1245 pm - Boathouse Closed

1300 pm - Boathouse open prior to the launch

1330 pm - Lifeboat launch and demonstration

1330 pm - Inshore lifeboat launch and demonstration

After the demonstrations, the boathouse will remain open for the lifeboat recovery and for the remainder of the event.

Visitors to the Boathouse are encouraged to sanitise hands on entry.


Do come and watch our training launches.  Subject to the usual operational priorities, the next two training launches are currently planned for Tuesday 9th August at 7pm & Tuesday 16th August at 7pm.  Numbers in the Boathouse are limited so we recommend that still you do not leave it until the last minute!


We would urge anyone planning a visit to the coast to follow RNLI safety advice: 

• Take care near cliffs - know your route and your limitations 

• Have a plan - check the weather forecast and tide times

• If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE. Fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, extend your arms and legs, and Float

•  If individuals are choosing to go sailing or yachting it is important to ensure that equipment is properly checked and serviceable before going afloat.

• In any coastal emergency dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coastguard.

Did you know - having a drink is the last thing that 20% of drowning victims do?
As the festive season fast approaches - Be a mate - Don't let your friends walk by water alone after drinking.
From Bembridge RNLI Water Safety Team - RNLI Local Ambassador Scheme.   Do you have a business near the coast? If so, you could help save lives by promoting some of our key water safety messages.  We’ll ask you to download and display our Water Safety Campaign Resources. In the downloadable pack we will detail what to do if you see someone in trouble and include our key water safety messages. This is so you can informally deliver safety messaging to customers and members of the public when the opportunity arises.   Become an RNLI local ambassador. Share our advice. Save lives. Respect the water.   To learn more please send a personal message to Alan Doe for more information.

So far in 2022, the crew have been involved in 26 services (shouts) (15 ALB & 11 ILB) and rescued or assisted (or potentially assisted) 45 people.  The most recent ALB shout was on 30th July 2022.  The most recent ILB shout was on 7th August 2022.  Click here for details of "shouts">> 

In 2021, the crew were involved in 37 services (shouts) (19 ALB & 18 ILB) and rescued or assisted (or potentially assisted) 63 people (at least one of whom was definitely a life saved).  See History Timeline & News for more detail.

In 2020, the crew were involved in 51 services (shouts) (23 ALB & 28 ILB) and have rescued or assisted (or potentially assisted) 87 people (none included for the Nave Andromeda incident on 25th Oct).  See History Timeline & News for more detail.

In 2019, the crew were involved in 48 services (shouts) (29 ALB & 19 ILB) and have rescued or assisted (or potentially assisted) 74 people and one dog (excludes the passengers onboard 'Victoria of Wight' on 1st November!).  Although the two shouts on 12th & 13th November have both been included, the numbers rescued or assisted have only been counted once.   There were a number of 'Cancel Launches' - the most recent on 15th December.  See History Timeline & News for more detail.

In 2018, the crew were involved in 38 services (shouts) (31 ALB & 7 ILB) and rescued or assisted (or potentially assisted) 74 people.   There were a number of cancelled launches (both boats)  She launched for training with an RN Merlin Mk2 helicopter from HMS Queen Elizabeth on 16th August.  See History Timeline & News for more detail.

In 2017, the crew were involved in 52 services (shouts) (36 ALB & 16 ILB) and have rescued or assisted (or potentially assisted) 97 people, 3 dogs, an inflatable swan, 2 inflatable dinghies and a plastic traffic bollard!  See History Timeline & News for more detail.

In 2016, the crew were involved in 45 services (shouts) (33 ALB & 12 ILB) and have rescued or assisted 77 people. See History Timeline & News for more detail.

In 2015, the crew were involved in 39 services (shouts) (30 ALB & 9 ILB) and rescued or assisted 86 people.   See History Timeline & News for more detail.

In 2014 there were 33 shouts (29 ALB & 4 ILB) with 62 people being rescued or assisted.  See History Timeline & News for more detail.

In 2013 there were 34 shouts (24 ALB & 10 ILB) with 67 people being rescued or assisted.  See History Timeline & News for more detail.


 School & Group Visits

Bookings are now being taken for group visits.  Please contact our Visits Officer to discuss availability.   

All presentations are tailored to the age group and varying needs of our visitors. Please make us aware of any specific needs you may have.

Virtual Tours of our Lifeboats

If you’d like a preview of what is on offer at our station, please click on the links below for the next best thing.

D-Class Virtual tour -
ALB Virtual tour Part 1 -
ALB Virtual tour Part 2 -

360 viewing on-board the Lizard's Tamar Lifebout

Click:  here 

Recruiting (posted 2nd March)

We need you! With the Covid restrictions now being eased we are recruiting for Afloat and Shore Based crew. Both positions have full training to become part of the RNLI family at Bembridge. For more information of what is involved please contact John Keyworth, the Operations Manager, on 07725 432990

Activity Packs for Children during the Lockdown

If you are looking for ways to get creative, then you can't go wrong with our free Storm Force activity packs. Full of colouring-in sheets, puzzles and activities for you to do with your family, friends, or just by yourself, you'll be able to disappear into a world of lifeboat-themed inspiration. And it's all completely free!

Plus, you'll also be learning important water safety advice that will help keep you safe the next time you visit the seaside. There are two activity packs for you to download with more on the way; for the time being please contact Deborah if you would like details of how to get them.

RNLB Alfred Albert Williams with the other local Lifeboats leading the power-past for the Queen's Diamond Jubileee Celebrations on Saturday 6th August

Qualifying members of the Operational team after receiving their Platinum Jubilee Medals from Mrs Caroline Peel DL on Tuesday evening 7th June 2022

Dawn Hodge becomes the first female helm of Bembridge RNLI’s D-Class Inshore Lifeboat

Dawn Hodge, who joined Bembridge RNLI in November 2018, has successfully passed her D-Class helm assessment to become the first ever female helm in the station’s 155-year history.

Dawn was born and grew up in Bembridge before leaving the island to study at university in Leeds. After graduating, she worked in sports management for several years, latterly for UK Sport in London working in world sports events. After London, Dawn moved to France and ran a ski chalet business with her partner, before returning to the Island in 2010. Dawn now works as a sports massage and soft tissue therapist, having trained at the prestigious London School of Sports Massage.

Dawn has always loved her sport and has previous representative honours in rugby, hockey and athletics. When not on the lifeboat or working, Dawn can often be found on the golf course.

John Keyworth, Lifeboat Operations Manager, Bembridge RNLI commented on Dawn’s success “I am delighted with Dawn’s progress, since joining the station just three years ago with no boating experience, to have now achieved the position of helm is a testament to her commitment, passion and enthusiasm. Not forgetting of course, the countless hours of study and practice she has put in to achieve this position.”

Guy Willing, Coxswain Bembridge RNLI said “The responsibility of helm on the inshore lifeboat is one which requires a calm head and hand in what can be testing conditions. Now I know that the tradition of highly competent helms at Bembridge RNLI will be carried on and I have no doubt Dawn will do us proud in the future.”

Dawn said “It’s a privilege to be a helm at Bembridge, let alone the first female helm. I’ve loved the challenges so far that being on the lifeboat have presented. I hope that my success shows that you don’t need to have a maritime background to get involved and will inspire more girls and women to volunteer for the RNLI.”

Bryan Jones (Mechanic) retires

Well that’s me done!  After 15 years I’ve decided to hang the oilskins up.
It’s been a privilege to serve on the Bembridge Lifeboat alongside a fantastic group of people - the crew, the shore crew and the guild members who work tirelessly to make the station something to be really proud of.
I’ve been lucky enough to serve on three classes of lifeboat during my time. Starting with the Tyne class, then operating the carriage launched Mersey during the construction of the new boathouse and Tamar lifeboat.
I would like to thank my deputy mechanics, Denny Seymour, Richard Bishop, Justin Gentleman, Paul Butler and more recently John Attrill for supporting me in my role and always stepping up when required.
Wishing John Attrill all the very best as my successor and I’m sure he will do an excellent job.
Thanks as well to Stacey Flanagan and our 3 now grown up children for putting up with what could sometimes be a very anti social role!
Wishing the Bembridge crew and all lifeboat crews around the coast ‘fair winds and following seas!’

 Low Water Launch on 7th September 2021

(photo by Piers Trenear-Thomas)

Open Day 2021

Thank you so much for your generous support at last Saturday's Open Day (14th August).  It was a great success and rained nearly £4,000.  See the Bembridge Guild page for more details.


Young Fundraisers

 The Grimaldi grandchildren after presenting Guy the proceeds (£218.46) they have raised over the summer holidays from selling home made crafts and cakes. Fantastic. This is the second time they have raised funds for Bembridge RNLI.

Young Cakemaking Fundraisers


Molly Gilbey and her cousin Annie Clegg usually make cup cakes for the RNLI but thought better of it this year with the pandemic and people not carrying cash and were determined to raise as much as possible by baking for their grandmother & Guild member Sally during the holidays. Between them, they have raised £70 [not their usual amount, alas!] so a big thank you girls.

MayDay Mile

A big thank you to George, Henry & Freddie who were the first young people to complete a full MayDay mile last Tuesday (1st June)

RNLI 'Advice if you are looking to take a winter dip'

Special Boat Service Plaque (Nave Andromeda) Shout

Alan Doe retiring as a member of the shore crew


Cowes 'Solent' Get Together - Saturday 18th January 2020

    Excellence in Volunteering (November 2019)

Excellence in Volunteering Awards

Robin Ebsworth (Chairman of the IoW Lifeboat Board) presenting John & Lesley Gulliver with their "Excellence in Volunteering" Awards at the Bembridge RNLI Guild AGM on Wednesday 15th May

Defibrillator (AED) formally adopted (17th April 2019)


With thanks to the Co-operative Funeral Care, Lane End Beach Huts Ltd, The Wight Strollers and 5 Star Pest Control

Open Day 2019 - 17th August 



Photos by Ken Orchard

Street Fair & Yellow Welly Week 2019


       Verena's Mural


 Steve's Last Shout (30th June 2018)


28th February 2018 Shout (Chandos)!


Christmas Star 2018


British America's Cup Sailors meeting the Island's Next Generation

(Sunday 23rd July 2017 - Sea View Yacht Club)


photos by Harriet Hadfield

150 years of Lifesaving at Bembridge (10th June 2017)


for me see:

History of Bembridge Lifeboat (June 2016)

Martin Woodward's fascinating and detailed "History of Bembridge Lifeboat" is available in the Bembridge RNLI shop so do come and buy a copy.  A small number of signed copies are available in the Shop.


Photo by John Hendy (2016)

 Visit the Inshore Lifeboat Centre in East Cowes

Based in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight, the Inshore Lifeboat Centre (ILC) supplies and maintains over half of the lifeboats for all of our lifeboat stations, as well as our lifeguard units.

Pre-Covid there was an increasing visitors programme, however sadly the Centre is currently closed to the general public.  We will update this as soon as visits become possible again.  

Amazing Photos of the Lifeboat Station

Have a look at a few of Jamie Currie's amazing photos of the Lifeboat Station and the surrounding area in the Image Gallery.  For a larger selection click here.

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"With courage, nothing is impossible"

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