St Annes Lifeboat Station

St Annes Lifeboat Station

St Annes Lifeboat Station is the RNLI all-weather base. It’s a relatively new building on St Annes seafront, adjacent to the swimming baths.

In the same building you’ll find a cafe and the RNLI shop.

St Annes Lifeboat Station
St Annes Lifeboat Station

The annual Lifeboat Day is also held here.

St Annes Lifeboat Station
St Annes Lifeboat Station

Next to the RNLI building is a boating lake where you can have all kinds of safe fun, messing about in the water.

St Annes Lifeboat Station
Boating pool near St Annes Lifeboat Station

New Vessel for St Annes Lifeboat Station

On Sunday 25 February 2018, the RNLI was delighted to welcome the new Shannon class all-weather Lifeboat for Lytham St Annes.

The volunteer crew and fundraisers of the RNLI’s Lytham St Annes Lifeboat Station have been preparing for the arrival of their new lifeboat Barbara Anne 13-24 for some months.

The Barbara Anne on sea trials (photo by RNLI / Steve Lowe)
The Barbara Anne on sea trials (photo by RNLI / Steve Lowe)

The crew previously spent weeks doing sea trials and crew training at the Sea Charity’s Poole headquarters and also on the beach at St Annes.

They left on Tuesday 20th Feb to collect the vessel from Poole for her journey home. The passage was part of the continued comprehensive training for the volunteer crew members.

SC-T13 is the Station’s own brand new £1.5 million Shannon Launch and Recovery System (SLARS), the name given to the combined tractor and carriage.

The Station’s new Shannon Launch & Recovery System (SLARS) training on the beach in readiness for the arrival of the new lifeboat (photo by David Forshaw)
The Station’s new Shannon Launch & Recovery System (SLARS) training on the beach in readiness for the arrival of the new lifeboat. (photo by David Forshaw)

It arrived two weeks before the lifeboat and was used for training with the relief Shannon lifeboat 13-21 Brianne Aldington which had also been at the boathouse.

The relief Shannon Brianne Aldington training at South Beach, with the Lytham St Annes SLARS SC-T13 (photo by David Forshaw)
The relief Shannon Brianne Aldington training at South Beach, with the Lytham St Annes SLARS SC-T13 (photo by David Forshaw)

Arrival of the new boat for St Annes Lifeboat Station

After spending the Saturday night at Holyhead, on Sunday 25 February, the Barbara Anne sailed from Holyhead to arrive off the mouth of the Ribble at lunch time. It was met by the Station’s two lifeboats, the Inshore lifeboat D-800 MOAM and the All-weather lifeboat Her Majesty the Queen, the boat which she has replaced.

At exactly 13.24, the Barbara Anne’s operational number 13-24, Coxswain Gary Bird will beach the Shannon for the first time to be recovered by the SLARS.  Once the boat has been placed on the vehicle, she will be driven to her future boathouse on South Promenade where crowds are expected to welcome her “home”.

Unfortunately as this will be at low water, close up views of the actual recovery operation will not be possible from the promenade but there will be plenty of opportunity over the next few weeks as crew training continues to bring all the volunteer crew up to speed with all the new systems.

A New Home for Her Majesty the Queen

The Her Majesty the Queen will remain on station for a number of weeks before handing over to the Barbara Anne once training is complete.

It is not known yet what will happen to the Her Majesty the Queen but the most likely scenario is that she will join the relief fleet of lifeboats for a short time before being sold by the charity.

A brilliant fundraising effort

Digby Moulden, Chairman of the Shannon Appeal to raise the balance of the money required to fund the new boat said, “Thank you to all who have contributed to our new lifeboat either in donations or fund raising.  All have helped to save lives at sea. The Barbara Anne is larger, faster and safer to operate than her predecessor so has the potential to save more lives”.

Coxswain Gary Bird (photo by Betram Greenhough)
Coxswain Gary Bird (photo by Betram Greenhough)

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