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

Respect The Water

If you fall into water, fight your instinct to swim until the cold water shock passes.

The average temperature of British and Irish waters is 12-15°C – cold enough to cause cold water shock. Cold water shock makes you gasp uncontrollably and breathe in water, which can quickly lead to drowning.

Fight your instinct to swim, pause, and float on your back until you are able to catch your breath. Doing so may save your life.

More information on how you can Respect The Water and pass the message onto friends can be found here


In an emergency always dial 999
and ask for the Coastguard