Welcome to Southend Lifeboat’s website

Southend Lifeboat station is just one of 238 around the coasts of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The RNLI operates a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year all-weather rescue service around the coast and some major rivers. Additionally the RNLI has lifeguards on major tourist beaches during the summer months and maintains a Flood Rescue service for inland areas.

The RNLI is a registered charity which exists to save lives at sea. It provides, on call, the 24-hour service necessary to cover search and rescue requirements to 50 miles out from the coast of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Our Statistics




£ raised since Jan 2017


Volunteers and still counting


Visitors in 2018

Annual Crew Dinner

We are delighted to invite you to join us at the Annual Crew Dinner, for an opportunity to honour & dine with the Southend Lifeboat crew, members of the Southend Branch, representatives from flank stations, helicopter crew, Coastguards and friends of the Southend Lifeboat.

This marks not only the start of the New Year, but also the end of another busy year for Southend Lifeboat station, already launching over 100 times to date.

Should you wish to enquire about a table, please complete the online form, or email us at: info@lifeboatcrewdinner.co.uk.

Menu (alternative menu available for those with dietary requirements, please contact us for more information):

Starter: Smoked Salmon Mousse served with Mixed Leaf Salad and Seasoned Crostini’s

Main: Steak and Ale Pie served with Roast Potatoes, Carrots and Winter Greens & Cauliflower

Dessert: Chocolate Truffle Mousse served with a cream filled Profiterole with Dark Chocolate Drizzle.

Freshly brewed coffee and mints

Our Lifeboats

  • Atlantic 85
    Atlantic 85

    Year introduced to the RNLI fleet: 2005
    Crew: 3-4
    Survivor Capacity: 20
    Maximum Speed: 35 knots
    Endurance: 3 hours
    Length: 8.84 metres
    Draught: 0.53 metres
    Weight: 1.8 tonnes
    Fuel Capacity: 210 litres
    Engines:  2 x Yamaha 4-stroke engines at 115hp each
    Construction: Hull: carbon fibre and foam core laminate.
    Structure: includes epoxy glass and foam sandwich layup.
    Inflatable collar: hypalon-coated nylon.
    Communications and navigation

    • fitted and hand-held VHF (very high frequency) radio
    • intercom 
    • onboard global positioning system (GPS)
    • radar
    • VHF direction-finding (VDF) equipment 
    • electronic chart.
  • D Class
    D Class

    Year Introduced into RNLI Fleet: 1963
    Crew: 2-3
    Survivor Capacity: 5
    Maximum Speed: 25 knots
    Endurance: 3hours (at maximum speed)
    Length: 5 metres
    Width: 2 metres
    Weight: 400kg
    Fuel Capacity: 68 litres
    Engine: 1 x Mariner engine at 50hp
    Construction: Hypalon-coated polyester
    Communications and navigation
    fitted and hand-held VHF (very high frequency) radio
    magnetic compass
    onboard global positioning system (GPS) plotter.

  • Hovercraft

    Year Introduced to RNLI Fleet: 2002
    Crew: 2- 4
    Survivor Capacity: 6
    Top Speed: 30 knots
    Endurance: 3 hours (at maximum speed)
    Length: 8.04 metres
    Width: 3.36 metres
    Weight: 3.86 tonnes
    Fuel Capacity: 127 litres
    Engines: 2 x VW 1.9 turbo diesel engines
    Construction: Marine-grade aluminium with moulded fibre-reinforce composite (FRC)


View the RNLI Fleet here


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