Like almost all RNLI stations the lifeboats at Shoreham are manned by a group of volunteer crew members and shore helpers. The only full timer at the station is the mechanic, whose job it is to look after the lifeboats so they are ready to put to sea 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our crew come from all walks of life – we have everyone from a junior doctor to a shop manager.
The kit we use has to be good to keep us safe when at sea. It costs more than £1,800 to kit out a crew member and more than £1,500 each year to train us and keep our skills up to date.
Crew members are highly trained and not just in seamanship. Every crew member has extensive training in first aid, sea survival and firefighting too.
Our lifeboats have to be maintained to the highest standards and have regular refits. In 2015 the RNLI cost £168.1M to run.
In 2015 Shoreham lifeboat station celebrated 150 years of saving lives at sea. The station is well supported by the community and as well as regular training exercises and our open days, the lifeboats also get involved in several community events including the Adur Head River Race, Paddle round the Pier, Armed Forces Day and Riverfest. The station is open everyday for visits and our volunteer guides provide advice on sea safety and education.
The RNLI is a charity and recieves no funding from the UK government. If you would like to play your part in helping to keep the service there for everyone in the community you can find out more here www.rnli.org.uk/how_to_support_us. You can also donate directly to the lifeboats and crew at Shoreham, ensuring your donation goes towards funding your local station. If you want to know more just pop into the station or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org