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 2018


Volunteers and still counting


Visitors in 2018

Mayor’s Charity 2019

Southend RNLI has been chosen as the Mayor’s charity for 2019.

Councillor John Lamb is the Mayor for Southend on Sea for 2019-2020. Councillor Lamb represents the Conservative party in the West Leigh Ward. He is the 99th Mayor of Southend on Sea.

CllrLamb Councillor John Lamb

further details from

Borough of Southend on Sea


Full details of the Mayor’s Charity can be found at


Councillor Lamb has a long association with the sea so it is no surprise that he chose the RNLI as his charity. He joined the Sea Cadet Corps at the age of 11 and became a Royal Naval Reserve officer at the age of 21. He joined Leigh Sailing Club where he remains a member, after spending two years as vice commodore and three years as commodore. He still owns his own yacht and sails whenever he can.

With Graham and Gemma at the launch of the charity

Download a timetable of events 

October to December page 1
October to December page 2

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