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RNLI Lifeboat Station

Burnham RNLI operates a Atlantic 75 and a IB1 Lifeboat from the Lifeboat station on the River Crouch at Burnham yacht Harbour.

The volunteer Crew all have other jobs and react to emergency calls on up to 100 occasions per year.

The Atlantic 75 lifeboat  which carries 3/4 crew is 8.5 metres in length with a top speed of 35 knots and a range of 3 hours. The Atlantic is capable of operation in the day in a force 7/8 wind and at night in a force 5/6 wind. radar and direction finding equipment are fitted to this craft. The Atlantic is called Brandy hole in recognition of the tremendous fundraising by Brandy Hole yacht Club which partly financed this lifeboat.

The IB1 lifeboat which carries 2/3 crew is 5 metres in length with a top speed of 25 knots and a range of 3 hours. The D class is capable of use in fair to moderate sea conditions .This lifeboat is called  the Ernest and Rose Chapman was provided by David Chapman in memory of his parents Ernest and Rose.

Meet the crew

The RNLI have an open day each year in June at which the boats and crew are on display.

On the Sunday in Burnham Week the crew attend a Church Parade on the Quay outside the White Hart Public House

History of the RNLI at Burnham on Crouch

Burnham on Crouch has been the base for a lifeboat since 1966 when the inshore lifeboat station was established  with a D class inshore lifeboat behind the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club. The inshore rescue boat was then launched via a trailer and the yacht club ramp.

In 1998 a new boathouse was built at Burnham Yacht Harbour which made launching much quicker.

By 1996 the station was upgraded with the provision of a larger B class Atlantic 21 lifeboat to supplement the D class and in 1997 this was further upgraded with a new B class Atlantic 75 lifeboat.

In 2002 Burnham RNLI opened a new floating boathouse which is one of only 3 in the UK

Burnham Lifeboat Guild

The RNLI is totally reliant upon the public for it funding.

Burnham Lifeboat Guild are a very active group of people who raise money for  the RNLI and specific projects for Burnham RNLI.

In 2012 they completed a fantastic fundraising campaign raising £130,000 to pay for the new floating boathouse.

How do I contact Burnham RNLI?

New RNLI Boathouse, Burnham Yacht Harbour, Foundry Lane ,Burnham on Crouch, Essex, CM0 8BL

Click here to visit the Burnham RNLI website

Click here to visit the Burnham RNLI Facebook Page

I would like to join the RNLI as a crew member

The requirements for crew member recruitment are - aged 17 to 45 yrs of age , be physically fit with good eyesight and good health and to live or work close to Burnham Lifeboat Station.

Live feed of operations from RNLI South East which includes Burnham on Crouch

After reading the latest stories you may wish to click here to visit the RNLI site to find out more or make a donation. 

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