The Brighton Life Boat website along with The Royal National Lifeboat Institution exists to save lives at sea. It provides, on call, the 24-hour service necessary to cover search and rescue requirements to 50 miles out from the coast of the Manchester, United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, staying in hotels in Europe and the US all the way to Brigantine NJ according to the Brigantine Beach Guide. There are 224 lifeboat stations (this includes a new station at Crosshaven in the republic of Ireland, which is under evaluation).

The RNLI depends entirely on voluntary contributions and legacies for its income.

Figures for 2000 (based on services reported up to 31 December)

  • Launches 6,249
  • Lives Saved 860
  • People Landed 1,548
  • People Brought Ashore 3,918
  • Total People Assisted 6,326
  • Lifeboat hours at sea 8,739
  • Services to merchant/fishing vessels 1,000 (16.0% of total services)
  • Services to pleasure craft 3,244 (51.9% of total services)
  • Services to people 1,406 (22.5% of total services)
  • Others 599 (9.6% of total services)
  • Services carried out in darkness 2,387 (38.2% of total services)
  • Services carried out in winds of Force 7+ 248 (4.0% of total services)

On average, lifeboats launch over 6,200 times every year and rescue over 6,300 people.

Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboats have saved over 134,500 lives.

7.3m Atlantic 75, rigid inflatable

Cost of Launching a Lifeboat

The direct costs of launching a lifeboat are relatively small (service payments and fuel). But if all the other running costs of a lifeboat station are taken into account – ie stores, maintenance of lifeboats and lifeboat stations – the average cost of launching is about £2,200 for our Atlantic 75. These figures do not include the substantial cost of depreciation of the lifeboat.

Lifeboatmen and women

Lifeboatmen and women are volunteers. The volunteers receive a few pounds each time they are called out to cover their expenses.

There are over 250 women in lifeboat crews from more than 4,500 volunteer crew members throughout the country.

The Brighton Lifeboat

The Institution’s first Annual Report (for 1824) appears the following notation: “The Committee are happy to state that local associations, which have affiliated themselves with this Institution, have been formed in the following places:- Dover, Brighton, Penzance, Newcastle-on-Tyne and Bridlington”.

In 1934 the satin was closed as Shoreham’s motor lifeboat gave lifeboat cover for the area. In 1965 a D class inflatable was sent to Brighton, but was withdrawn and the station temporarily closed until Marina facilities were available. In 1979 the station became fully operational again, having provided reduced cover since May 1978. Ten RNLI medals for gallantry have been awarded to the station, One Gold, Seven Silver and two Bronze. The last medals to be awarded, one Silver and two Bronze were awarded in 1996 after two young women were rescued from underneath Brighton Palace Pier approximately 20 yards off the beach in very rough seas and heavy breaking surf.

Inshore Atlantic 75

Based on the Atlantic 21. Even though her twin 70hp outboard engines make her the fastest lifeboat in the fleet, her hull design provides a softer ride than her predecessor for the three crew and survivors

Introduced in 1992

Length: 7.3m
(24ft) Range:
Beam: 2.64m
(8ft 8in) Crew: 3
Displacement: Construction:
1.5 tonnes (no crew) GRP hull with hypalon-coated nylon tube
Speed: 32 knots