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2020 sees Fleetwood lifeboat station celebrate 161 years of lifesaving by the volunteer lifeboat crew members. The lifeboat station has been at the heart of the town since 1859. There have been seven different lifeboat stations, sighted in various places, but all near the present station opposite the North Euston Hotel. The current building, shared with HM Coastguard, was opened in 2006.
The volunteer lifeboat crews, all trained by the RNLI, have been willing to drop whatever they were doing, when required, to help save lives in Morecambe Bay and even further out into the Irish sea. Fleetwood RNLI lifeboat was heavily involved with the Riverdance incident in January 2008.
In 2015, Fleetwood lifeboat station was the busiest RNLI station in the north of England, launching 86 times and saving 32 lives.
The RNLI relies entirely on donations from the public and their generosity enables over 300 lifeboat stations to operate around our shores. In 2018, it cost over £160 million, to keep our coastlines safe.
The station now operates 2 lifeboats, an in-shore D class lifeboat, D719 Mary Elizabeth Barnes and an all-weather Shannon class lifeboat, Kenneth James Peirpoint.
Fish & Chip Supper
Sat 11th April 2020
Ferry Cafe, The Esplanade, Fleetwood.