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.
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.
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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Get In Touch
If there is an emergency, please dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.
Otherwise, you can get in touch with Ferryside Lifeboat using this form...