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.


Due to the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19, we are unable to facilitate boathouse visits until further notice – we apologise for this, however we are sure you can understand why. 

We are still taking enquiries for later this year but not able to book anything over the coming weeks.

Thank you for your understanding.


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.

Volunteer Chairperson For Southend on Sea RNLI

We are looking for a new volunteer chairperson. This role will help us save lives at sea by ensuring good communication, information sharing and joint cooperation between the RNLI, local team members and the local community, and by providing good local leadership.

If you think you could be interested please have a look at the requirements here


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

Our Statistics




£ raised since Jan 2018


Volunteers and still counting


Visitors in 2018


In an emergency always dial 999
and ask for the Coastguard