RNLI Portsmouth Lifeboat Station

Portsmouth Lifeboat Station

Portsmouth Lifeboat Station has been providing search and rescue for the eastern Solent since 1965. The crews have won two medals for gallantry and currently operate two inshore lifeboats.
RNLI pager on a chart with a pair of dividers

Latest lifeboat launch

Recent launches from Portsmouth Lifeboat Station

5.08pm 19 September 2019
7.07am 16 September 2019
9.36am 13 September 2019
5.33pm 4 September 2019
5.25pm 4 September 2019
3.11pm 2 September 2019
8.07pm 31 August 2019
2.03pm 28 August 2019
8.38pm 27 August 2019
11.26am 26 August 2019
9.15pm 25 August 2019
4.46pm 21 August 2019
4.41pm 21 August 2019
7.46pm 20 August 2019
6.20pm 9 August 2019
3.26pm 4 August 2019
3.26pm 4 August 2019
7.50pm 28 July 2019
8.40pm 27 July 2019
3.55am 26 July 2019

Today's weather

19°C Rain
Min: 16°C Max: 19°C
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Visitor information and facilities

Station address

Portsmouth Lifeboat Station
Ferry Road
Southsea
Hampshire
PO4 9LY

Station phone number

02392 814811

Visitor times

Please contact the station to arrange a visit

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News and media from Portsmouth Lifeboat Station

RNLI launches £52,000 appeal to fund a new D class lifeboat for Portsmouth
Photo at sea of the current Portsmouth lifeboat 'Brian's Pride'
Article Fundraising
RNLI launches £52,000 appeal to fund a new D class lifeboat for Portsmouth
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Two charities join forces to help keep children safe in and around water
Article People
Two charities join forces to help keep children safe in and around water
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Solent lifeboats converge on Cowes for impressive get-together
Bembridge lifeboat and other lifeboats process towards Cowes Harbour.
Article Events
Solent lifeboats converge on Cowes for impressive get-together
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Portsmouth RNLI launch to kayaker in difficulty
Portsmouth RNLI's Atlantic 85 Lifeboat, Norma T, was launched shortly after 3pm today (Tuesday 6th November) to a report of a lone kayaker struggling to paddle back to shore.

The pair of kayakers had been out for a couple of hours and when trying to return to shore one of the gentlemen began to struggle, battling against the fast outgoing tide and with a south easterly wind blowing, it created an unpleasant choppy sea state. growing ever exhausted, they made the decision that one would paddle ahead and raise the alarm.

Leaving his buddy a mile offshore, near the Langstone Harbour fairway post, he was able to reach Hayling beach and call 999 for the UK Coastguard.

Realising the urgency of the situation the Atlantic 85 Lifeboat launched with only 3 crew, they rushed to the last known position but with nothing to be seen Helmsman Neil Maxwell used his local knowledge to follow the likely drift direction whilst others updated the UK Coastguard and searched all directions.

Spotting the solo kayaker in the distance, trainee crew member Jordan alerted the team and speed was increased to confirm the sighting and rescue the kayaker, who by now had drifted over a mile further out to sea. Once alongside the cramped, near hypothermic gentleman was brought onboard, warmed and returned to the Boathouse and a waiting ambulance. Paramedics confirmed that further treatment was needed so he was taken to hospital for additional assessment.
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Portsmouth RNLI launch to kayaker in difficulty
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