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


Volunteer to help with Southend Lifeboat


The Southend Lifeboat could not operate if it were not for the volunteers who help to run the lifeboat. Could you help?

Take a look at the profiles of some of our many volunteers.

We have a wide range of opportunities for you to get involved with including working in the Lifeboat Shop, Fundraising, hosting visits to the Lifeboat Station, looking after the Lifeboat Station, a Youth education volunteer.

If you are thinking about volunteering as crew please make sure you have read the personal requirements here and then please download the crew recruitment form NewRecruitForm

If you choose other, do tell us below what you are interested in volunteering for.
For example your availability, experience, particular skills etc

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


In an emergency always dial 999
and ask for the Coastguard