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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

As a declared facility, Ferryside Lifeboat responds to emergency call-outs  from HM Coastguard 24/7.

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

He's American, so we're blaming him for Trump


Senior Coxswain

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



One man, and his dog.

Andy 'Morgs' Morgan


He buys stuff.

Mike 'Mutting' Utting


Ever so efficient.



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

Richard 'Jonesy' Jones


Knot specialist


Senior Crew

Writes nonsense on websites

Simon Lamble

Senior Crew

Terrifyingly organised



Best not let him near the tractor

'Ancient' Rob Harley


Crew photographer and rocket scientist

Rob Bamforth


We're just jealous of his beard

Dave Atkinson


Crew disciplinarian

David Martin

Trainee Crew

Swedish. Probably don't need to say anything else

Jesper Rolen

Trainee Crew

Makes a mean cup-a-soup


Trainee Crew

Good at looking after things. Don't tell him, but we've got our eye on his helicopter

Mark Lucas


Trainee Crew

Is convinced he's in charge

Blue the dog


Ship's Dog

Ferryside Tide Times

Tide Times & Heights for Ferryside on 7th July 2020
04:37 - Low Tide ( 0.17m )
08:22 - High Tide ( 6.22m )
16:48 - Low Tide ( 0.23m )
20:41 - High Tide ( 6.47m )

Ferryside Weather

light rain
humidity: 87%
wind: 12m/s SW
H 15 • L 14
Weather from OpenWeatherMap

Latest News

31st Charity Garden Crawl – Sunday 30th June 2019 - Ferryside is the coastal village which recently featured on the BBC programme ‘Sam and Shauna’s Big Cookout’, in which Sam and Shauna from Hang Fire restaurant in Barry spent a week discovering the delights of Ferryside. Their visit coincided with last year's Garden Crawl, and after a fantastic day of wandering around the village exploring …
Hovercraft undergoing trials New Rescue Hovercraft Arrives In Ferryside – and Gets First Callout - Ferryside Lifeboat’s new rescue hovercraft was delivered on Saturday following its initial sea trials, and has now been handed over to the crew to start training on the craft before it goes fully operational. The craft was a little busier than expected though when, whilst it was undergoing trials, the lifeboat received a call regarding a …
Crew pass driving tests for Talus - Over the last week a number of Ferryside Lifeboat crew were suffering from the nerves and anxiety of taking a driving test again. These weren’t normal car tests though, these were for the Category H class of vehicles – to allow our crew to drive our new tracked launch vehicle – the Talus Although the Talus …
Vortex Chosen to Provide New Rescue Hovercraft - Having recently been awarded a UK government grant for an inshore rescue hovercraft, we’ve been busy working with a number of hovercraft companies around the UK to find a supplier. We’ve been through an in-depth selection process to find the company best placed to meet our very specific needs and we’re delighted to announce that Vortex Services have …

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...

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