Scarborough RNLI

Saving lives around Scarborough's seas since 1801

Our news

Tesco donation of £25,000

Posted Thursday 27 February 2020 06:30 pm

Tesco presents cheque to Scarborough RNLI
TescoTesco has donated £25,000 to Scarborough RNLI.
Each time a customer shopped at a Tesco store during the chain's centenary year in 2019, they were offered a token at the checkout. They used the token to vote for one of the charities profiled in store foyers.
Token programme manager Amanda Scrimgeour, Tesco Scarborough team manager Christopher Windsor and staff from Tesco stores in Hull and Driffield visited the lifeboat station to present a cheque. Mr Windsor took his children, Nathan and Jessica.
They are pictured with RNLI personnel Will Watts, Michael Cowper, Mark Jenkinson, Eve Lee, Lee Marton, Phil Chittenden, Colin Woodhead, Andy Volans and Dave Grieves.

Photo by Kay Jackson

Both lifeboats launch for training exercise

Posted Wednesday 19 February 2020 03:12 pm

Scarborough's Shannon on exercise this week
BothScarborough RNLI launched both its lifeboats on exercise last night. The all-weather Shannon and the inshore lifeboat are pictured post-recovery by crew member Erik Woolcott.

More Images


Scarborough is recruiting

Posted Tuesday 18 February 2020 03:11 pm

ScarboroughHave you time to commit to your local lifeboat station and give something back to the community?
Scarborough RNLI is recruiting crew for the inshore lifeboat, or ILB, and shore crew.
The ILB is the work-horse of the RNLI, with 25 knots of speed and capable of going to sea for up to three hours at maximum speed.
It is used to search the shoreline, work with search-and-rescue helicopters and recover casualties from awkward locations. This vessel is especially good in the shore break. The ILB carries four crew including a helm. All are trained to a high standard in first aid and can administer certain drugs and oxygen.
The land-based roles of shore crew and tractor driver are an integral part of the operational side of the station.
They make sure that the inshore and all-weather lifeboats are launched and recovered safely and swiftly, using the Tool Track for the ILB and the Shannon launch-and-recovery system (SLARS), an articulated tracked vehicle, for the ALB.
The computerised SLARS raises and lowers parts of the carriage during the launch and recovery processes. A UK driving licence is needed.
So if you are under 65 (shore crew) or 55 (ILB), have spare time on your hands, live and work locally and feel up to a challenge, please write a short CV and drop it off at the lifeboat station or email it to

Storm Dennis Fails To Dampen Lifeboat Fundraisers

Posted Sunday 16 February 2020 11:09 am

StormConsidering the inclement weather, Scarborough RNLI was delighted to have raised at least £975* at Love Your Lifeboat, at the lifeboathouse yesterday.

The proceeds are still being totted up so the final tally should exceed a grand.

"We had people come from afar just to see our station which shows the hard work behind the scenes really paid off", said one of the organisers, Tabz Nixon.

A constant stream of visitors were shown around the station including both lifeboats and children posed for photos with RNLI mascot Stormy Stan.

* This figure will be updated

(Photo by John Margetts)

ILB gets strip down

Posted Saturday 15 February 2020 08:04 am

At Scarborough RNLI, crew members get involved with the bi-annual inshore lifeboat strip-down and deep cleaning. The process takes several hours but we have condensed it to a few minutes to show another side of what goes on when Tuesday evening training comes around. Please let us know if there are other areas of training or station life you would like to find out more about.
Remember it's Love Your Lifeboat Day tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am to 4pm. Come and have a VIP tour of the station and lifeboats for a small donation.

Ladies Guild success

Posted Thursday 06 February 2020 10:36 am

Celebrating Success
LadiesScarborough Ladies Lifeboat Guild has been looking back on another successful year.

In 2019, the RNLI fundraisers organised a fashion show at the Crown Hotel, an afternoon tea at the Palm Court, a table-top sale at the lifeboathouse and a Christmas fayre at the Park Manor.

In addition, members collected £900 worth of 5p, 2p and 1p coins. Other ways of raising money included donation boxes at hotels, shops, etc, funeral collections, donations by the public and RNLI personnel and the ubiquitous raffles and tombolas.

All together, it came to £6,533, taking the total raised since the guild's inception in 1927 to about £174,500.

At the guild's next meeting, at the Red Lea Hotel on 18 February, the speaker will be Dawn Bell from Shipton's jewellers. The next fundraiser is a coffee morning with coxswain Lee Marton and other crew members at the Park Manor Hotel on 24 March, from 10.30am until noon.

The photo shows the guild's six committee members celebrating their achievement outside the lifeboathouse. L-R: chairman Gladys Freeman, press officer Pauline Brown, secretary /treasurer Lynne Garforth, speaker secretary Judith Hargreaves, box secretary Minnie Raper and events secretary Liz Ashworth.

At the guild AGM in January, thanks were given to members for their hard work and to Scarborough businesses, hotels and shops, who never fail to lend their support willingly.

The guild has a luncheon on the third Tuesday of the month from October to April at the Red Lea Hotel. "We have a raffle and, most months, a speaker", says Lynne.

New members are welcome; ring Gladys on 366630 or Lynne on 373788.

Scarborough to Blackpool run raises incredible £6930

Posted Monday 03 February 2020 03:42 pm

Blackpool RNLI receive cheque from Scarborough colleagues
ScarboroughScarborough RNLI's cross-country relay run in the summer raised £6,930.

A dozen personnel took it in turns to run 145 miles to Blackpool lifeboat station. Accompanied by three support vehicles, they each ran about 10 miles, with some doing up to 30. It took 22 hours, seven fewer than they thought it would take.

The proceeds of an earlier fundraiser by Blackpool RNLI were shared with Scarborough RNLI who reciprocated by donating £3,000 from the relay run to Blackpool.

Blackpool RNLI's lifeboat operations manager, Keith Horrocks, said: "We're really grateful to our fellow RNLI volunteers from Scarborough lifeboat station. Their fundraising effort in the summer was incredible and will benefit the communities of both Scarborough and Blackpool. We're really thrilled that they have chosen to donate £3,000 of the money they raised towards our D-class appeal".

The £52,000 appeal was launched with an RNLI fish supper in October. To donate, visit

Blackpool appeal for new D class

More Images


Cobble rescued by volunteer crew

Posted Tuesday 21 January 2020 08:22 am

CobbleWhen a small fishing boat's engine failed yesterday afternoon, Scarborough RNLI went to its rescue.
The coble was drifting, about two miles east of the lighthouse.

The inshore lifeboat, with a crew of three, towed the stricken vessel to the harbour.

More Images


Two popular fundraising events return soon.

Posted Thursday 09 January 2020 11:51 am


Two Scarborough RNLI fundraising events have been so successful in previous years that they are to be repeated.

Love Your Lifeboat will be on Saturday 15 February, from 10am to 4pm, with a Valentine theme.

The event will feature activities and games in the first-floor crew room; and exclusive VIP tours of the station and onboard the Shannon-class lifeboat, for a small donation.

The second fundraising event is a model-boat show on Saturday 18 April, from 10.30am to 4pm.

Boats will be displayed on a small pool throughout the day.

Anyone who would like to attend as an exhibitor, or who wants more information, should email Please say how many boats you would like to bring and how many people will be attending.

Admission for visitors will be £1 for adults and 50p for under-12s.

Hosted by Scarborough Lifeboat Station's events team, both events will feature a tombola and tea, coffee, juice and biscuits will be served.

* The photos were taken at last year's Love Your Lifeboat and model-boat show.

More Images


First exercise launch of 2020

Posted Wednesday 08 January 2020 09:40 am

FirstScarborough RNLI's Shannon lifeboat launched on exercise last night.

More Images


Photo by Kay Jackson

2019 video summary of our work

Posted Saturday 04 January 2020 10:50 am

Happy New Year and advice on keeping safe in the sea

Posted Thursday 02 January 2020 11:18 am

Two launches on Christmas Eve

Posted Tuesday 24 December 2019 08:45 pm

TwoScarborough RNLI's inshore lifeboat had two shouts this afternoon.
The emergency vessel, with a crew of three, launched at 3.30pm to rescue a motorboat which had run out of fuel in Cayton Bay. Fortunately the occupants - two adults and three children - were equipped with radio and lifejackets. The lifeboat towed the motorboat into the harbour (see images by Erik Woolcott).
Two of the crew were back in the lifeboat for a 5.35pm launch with two further crew. They were responding to reports of a person in the sea, about 50m offshore in the south bay. The casualty required first aid and was handed over to ambulance crew on the beach. The coastguards, other RNLI crew, police and paramedics were also involved.

More Images


Images by Erik Woocott

London relief shift

Posted Tuesday 24 December 2019 06:37 pm

LondonTwo members of Scarborough RNLI crew are doing a 12-hour relief shift in London from 7.30 this morning until 7.30 tonight. Rob Gaunt and Kev Roberts are half the crew aboard the E-class lifeboat at Chiswick RNLI station, which has a full-time crew covering a 17-mile stretch of the Thames.

More Images


Perfect Storm - winter 2019 appeal

Posted Saturday 21 December 2019 09:16 am

Donate here (RNLI national site)

'More people than ever need our help, at Christmas and every other day of the year,' says Steve King, Helm at Tower Lifeboat Station on the River Thames. 'People are still drowning so we need to invest more in training crews, upgrading equipment and improving lifeboats. But we're a charity, and our income has gone down.'

Whether they save lives at sea or on rivers and lakes, crew members like Steve are facing a Perfect Storm. While the demand on our services has grown, our income has gone down due to the economic climate and a drop in money received from supporters' Wills. Volunteers around the UK and Ireland are waiting for updated equipment and facilities. Your Christmas donation today will help provide everything they need ' you could help save the next life.

RNLIIf video does not play automatically please tap or click on it.