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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.

Fundraising

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.

14
Shouts
this year

8
Minutes
Average Time To Launch

23
Thousand
Operating Cost Each Year

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

Coxswain

He buys stuff.

Mike 'Mutting' Utting

Coxswain

(he's American)

Mike
'Iowa'
Hackfort

Coxswain

Ever so efficient.

Matt
Roth

Coxwain

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

Richard 'Jonesy' Jones

Coxswain

Pete
Bailey

Senior Crew

 

Simon Lamble

Senior Crew

Cath
Marks

Crew/Secretary

 

'Ancient' Rob Harley

Crew/Treasurer

 

Rob Bamforth

Crew

 

Dave Atkinson

Crew

 

David Martin

Trainee Crew

 

Rob 'bach' Hasberry

Trainee Crew

 

Jesper Rolen

Trainee Crew

Guy
Lamble

Trainee Crew

Emily
Lewis

 Trainee Crew

 

Blue the dog

Blue

Ship's Dog

Ferryside Tide Times

Tide Times & Heights for Ferryside on 3rd December 2016
03:58 - Low Tide ( 0.47m )
07:57 - High Tide ( 6.23m )
16:11 - Low Tide ( 0.48m )
20:14 - High Tide ( 5.92m )

Ferryside Weather

Ferryside
6°
few clouds
humidity: 100%
wind: 10m/s ESE
H 9 • L 2
5°
Mon
8°
Tue
9°
Wed
Weather from OpenWeatherMap

Latest News

Ferryside Crewmember trains with Coastguard Helicopter Lifeboat trains with Helicopter Rescue 187 - Not the ideal weather, but a windy Easter Sunday was the date allocated to Ferryside lifeboat by the HM Coastguard helicopter rescue service to get to know the crew and craft of the helicopter team from St Athan.   Everyone got involved with the helicopter, an AugustaWestland 139 (an additional larger helicopter, an AW189 is on …
Ferryside Garden Crawl 2016 - Now that the sun is actually showing itself, and hopefully the rain is finally having a well-deserved rest, we can at last get out in the garden. The time seems right to give advance warning of this year’s Ferryside Garden Crawl. We are hoping, with good weather that is, to hold the Crawl on Sunday …
Ferryside Lifeboat on a training exercise near Carmarthen Ferryside Lifeboat on Exercises - National Coastwatch Worm’s Head has posted some photos of Ferryside Lifeboat on a training exercise on the River Towy. The training took place on the Towy at high tide by Carmarthen bridge. The exercise simulated a casualty in the water who’d let off a distress flare. The boat quickly came alongside and recovered the casualty safely …
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 …

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...