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Our History

Since 1835 there's been a lifeboat stationed in Ferryside.

Read about the history of Ferryside Lifeboat and how the service has evolved from simple  oar-power to a state-of-the-art RIB over 180 years.

About Us

Ferryside Lifeboat is one of around 80 independent lifeboats operating in the UK.

Watching over the Three Rivers' estuary, our volunteer crew operate 24/7 with the Coast Guard to save lives at sea.


As an independent lifeboat, we're entirely dependent on donations to stay afloat.

As all of our crew and administrators are volunteers, you can be sure that every penny donated is used to save lives.

Latest Shouts

Ferryside Lifeboat responds to emergency callouts  from HM Coastguard 24/7, just like RNLI lifeboat crews.

Read the details of the latest call-outs Ferryside Lifeboat have been tasked with.

About Ferryside Lifeboat

An Independent Lifeboat covering the Towy Estuary, Wales.

Ferryside Lifeboat is one of more than fifty lifeboats stationed around the British Isles that operate independently of the RNLI.

They provide the same role as the RNLI and are “declared facilities” within HM Coastguard’s search and rescue organisation. As a declared facility Ferryside Lifeboat is launched by HM Coastguard in response to ‘999’ calls and distress calls on VHF CH16.

At Ferryside, like most lifeboats operating in the Bristol Channel, we have to cope with a large tidal range, the second largest tidal rise and fall in the world makes our waters some of the most hostile in the world.

Ferryside lifeboat is available 24 hours a day throughout the year and is staffed entirely by local volunteers. A smaller second lifeboat is also available at any state of the tide for mud and sandbank rescues.

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The Crew

A man who cares passionately about the boat (and pork scratchings).

Anthony 'Pie' Rees

Senior Coxswain

One man, and his dog.

Andy 'Morgs' Morgan


He buys stuff.

Mike 'Mutting' Utting


(he's American)

Mike 'Iowa' Hackfort


Ever so efficient.

Matt Roth


House proud! Makes sure we keep the boatshed clean and tidy.

Richard 'Jonesy' Jones



Pete Bailey

Senior Crew


Simon Lamble

Senior Crew


Cath Marks



'Ancient' Rob Harley



Rob Bamforth



Dave Atkinson



David Martin

Trainee Crew


Rob 'bach' Hasberry

Trainee Crew


Jesper Rolen

Trainee Crew


Victoria Harley

Trainee Crew


Emily Lewis

 Trainee Crew


Guy Lamble

Trainee Crew

Ferryside Tide Times

Tide Times & Heights for Ferryside on 1st May 2016
01:08 - High Tide ( 4.82m )
07:49 - Low Tide ( 0.70m )
13:51 - High Tide ( 4.67m )
20:30 - Low Tide ( 0.73m )

Ferryside Weather

light rain
humidity: 98%
wind: 8m/s SW
H 10 • L 9
Weather from OpenWeatherMap

Latest News

New Year’s Day Dip 2014 - A big thank you to all who braved the gales and driving rain and came along to our annual New Year’s Day Dip at the foreshore. It was a bit of a mud run with the tide fully out but great fun as usual. Below is a picture of the brave fools who went in …
2013 Round Up - Happy New Year!… I know it’s a bit late but as usual we’re all tied up taking care of various things and unfortunately the website doesn’t always get the love it deserves. The crew are very pleased to announce only seven call outs in 2013 despite all the good weather we had. Sadly many of …
Ferryside Lifeboat Autumn Show 2013 - Yes it’s that time of year again. This year we wanted to go back to having a real ‘show’ for everybody to enjoy so we are pleased to announce that we have Rod Stevens – The UK’s premier comedy stage hypnotist performing this year. As usual the ticket price includes free food courtesy of the …
Article in H2Open Magazine - Here’s a link to an excellent article in H2OpenWater magazine about the 2013 Welsh Open Water Estuary Swim H2Open Magazine

Get In Touch

If there is an emergency, please dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.

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