The Royal National Lifeboat Institution [ RNLI ]is a national charity that has been in existance since 1824 and is funded entirely by public donations and not by the state. Our role is to operate an emergency 24/7 service to save lives at sea and on the coast.
New Brighton lifeboat station covers the River Mersey down beyond Widnes Bridge, the Wirral & Sefton coastlines and was originally founded in 1863.
We are one of the busiest lifeboat stations in the north of England with on average 50 plus call outs per year.
We have a cadre of 30 + operational crew who man the lifeboat and hovercraft
We operate two rescue craft :
- Atlantic 85 – a high performance inshore rescue lifeboat B-837 ‘Charles Dibdin’
- Inshore Rescue Hovercraft – our normal hovercraft is H-005 ‘Hurley Spirit’ that is currently away for maintenance [ June 2015 ] and we are currently operating H-007 ‘Samburgh’
We are fortunate to be one of only four RNLI stations to operate hovercraft and it is invaluable for our coastal area with its large sandbanks and considerable mud.
We have two sister lifeboat stations on Wirral:
- Hoylake – operate a Shannon class All Weather lifeboat
- West Kirby – operate a D Class inshore lifeboat – small RIB ideal for the shallow waters of the River Dee
All are manned entirely by volunteers both crew, management and fundraisers