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RNLI Torbay Lifeboats   

A charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland

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Jeremy Paxman talks with Coxswain Mark Criddle OBE - Click to open the Podcast


03:10 Thu 26 Nov - ALB tasked to join a missing person search around Berry Head


12:19 Fri 04 Dec - Launched to stand by and provide safety cover during a Police Incident near Meadfoot.

Welcome to the Torbay Lifeboat(s) Station Web Site. The site is maintained by lifeboat station personnel and as such is not an official RNLI Web Site. Included is both history and indicative operational information of the service provided - largely by volunteers - to those who spend time along the South Devon Coastline from Teignmouth to Start Bay and 50 miles out into the English Channel.

Our Purpose: - As a National Charity the RNLI Mission is - 'to prevent avoidable loss of life at sea'



ALB Visit to Paignton Harbour on a Summer's Evening

Not possible during 2020 but here's hoping 2021 may be better!

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Recent Operational Details are listed under the 'Lifeboat Operations' tab - these are brief details only to give a flavour of the incidents attended by the mainly volunteer crew aboard the All Weather Lifeboat (ALB) and Inshore Lifeboat (ILB).
Fundraising locally is organised mainly by the Torbay Lifeboat Fundraisers (TLF) and contact details together with planned fundraising events are given under the 'Fundraising' tab. Please remember the RNLI is a Charity relying entirely on voluntary contributions to establish and maintain the Crew and rescue assets.
The RNLI now plays a significant part in Coastal Safety and Awareness through the Coastal Safety Teams. The Torbay Coastal Safety Team are active in attending slipways & marinas  during the main season, giving free safety advice and carrying out FREE lifejacket and equipment checks (Better checked sooner rather than too late and worn!), and giving various presentations to water related clubs around our coast. See the 'Coastal Safety' tab. The RNLI has set a target to 'halve the number of Coastal fatalities by 2024'.
Lifejackets - a point worth remembering - during 2018 approximately 500 lifejackets were checked by the Torbay Team. Some 10% (approx 50) of these would not have provided any assistance and a significant number had other issues making them less than ideal - typically straps and out of date inflation bottles - Please take advantage of this FREE service when the opportunity arises.

Torbay has been served by Lifeboats since 1866 and Brixham has provided the base for a lifeboat since then. The Station was granted the Freedom of the Borough of Torbay in 1988.  For a period just under 50 years Torquay had a lifeboat station, Dartmouth also had lifeboats for just under 20 years from 1878. A new Dart Lifeboat Station was established in November 2007.
Our Station is among the busier lifeboat stations in the Country and can anticipate around 100 launches in any one year. Brixham is a busy fishing port, there are five large marinas within our operational area together with leisure and yacht clubs, water skiing, para gliding, diving, cliffs (climbing, walks and falls!) - in fact any water activity you can think of probably occurs in our area.




Contact Information

Press Officer & other Contacts - see General Info tab

Group visits can be arranged by writing to:

'The Lifeboat Operations Manager' at the address below: Please mark for the attention of the 'Visits Officer'. Alternatively email as below.

+44 (0) 1803 853136
+44 (0) 8456 385226
Postal address
Torbay Lifeboat Station, Breakwater Hard, Berry Head Road, BRIXHAM, Devon TQ5 9AF
Electronic mail
General Information or QueriesClick here to send an email      
Web Site Maintenance: Click here to send an email 







The Web Site - To keep the site up to date new information is added as soon as practically possible about our activities and giving notice of future events. To keep the site relevant a significant amount of 'past' information now resides under the 'Archive' tab under General Information tab.

All pictures and information is copyright Torbay Lifeboat Station unless otherwise stated.


Most recent Page Update - 04/12/2020 14:49


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The 'Ice Prince' Monday 14 Jan 08

Taken from 'RNLB Volunteer Spirit'

On exercise with Britannia Royal Navy College





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