In August 1858 the ports Chief Coastguard Officer Capt Edward Wasey.R.N. wrote to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution Head Quarters in London, Stating the need for Lifeboat in the Port of Fleetwood. On the agenda pf the next meeting of the R.N.L.I. Committee of Management at the London Head Quarters on Thursday 4th November 1858 was Capt Wasey’s Request for a Lifeboat to be sent to The Port of Fleetwood and after some consideration the Committee of Management agreed to the request. After the meeting a letter was sent addressed to Capt Wasey with the good news that a lifeboat would be sent to the port at the earliest convenience and requesting Capt Wasey commanding to act as the Stations Honorary Secretary and to appoint a lifeboat coxswain. The Chief Coastguard Boatman John Fox appointed as lifeboat coxswain. Fleetwood Lifeboat station was established in 1859, with the 1st Fleetwood Lifeboat arriving March 1859.
Fleetwood Lifboat station now operates 2 Lifeboats, a ILB D class D719 Mary Elizabeth Barnes and a ALB Shannon class R.N.L.B. Kenneth James Pierpoint.
Fleetwood Lifeboat station has been awarded 13 medals for gallantry, The Ralph Glister Award for the most meritorious service carried out in 1984 by the crew of a lifeboat under 10 metres and a number of other awards and letters of appreciation.
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