About Whitstable Lifeboat Station
Whitstable was one of the first 10 inshore lifeboat stations in the UK and Republic of Ireland. The crew have received four awards for gallantry, and also been recognised by Her Majesty The Queen in the honours lists.
We answer approximately 60 to 70 calls per year. All the crew are volenteers who respond using a pager system which is activated by the Coastguard
Awards and Dates of Note:
1963 – D Class lifeboat sent to station in July
1974 – D Class lifeboat withdrawn and replaced with an Atlantic 21 lifeboat
1977 – The Thanks of the Instutution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Helmsman David Victor Foreman in recognition of the skill and efficiency he displayed when the inshore lifeboat rescued the crew of three from the motor fishing vessel RX21, which had run out of fuel and was dragging he anchor towards The Street Bank in a north easterly gale and a rough sea on the night of 25/26 February
1981 – The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Helmsman Michael A Judge in recognition of the determination and seamanship displayed by him when the lifeboat rescued the crew of three of the catamaran Rumpleteazer which had a broken steering gear and was making water in a north easterly gale, a very rough sea and poor visibility in the darkness of the evening of 19th April
1986 – The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Helmsman Michael Gambrill in recognition of his skill and judgement when the lifeboat landed 12 anglers from the fishing vessel Duke Senior which was aground and in difficulties off Pollard Spit in a westerly storm and rough seas on 19th January.
1989 – Single story extension to the side of the boathouse was constructed toimprove the crew facilities. These facilities included a fuel store, turntable store, a general storeroom, drying room and a souenier sales outlet with a disply area.
1999 – After launching in exceptional conditions lifeboat B560 capsized after being launched on service to three angling boats in Herne Bay on 3rd January. All three crew were well ans suffered no injuries.
2000 – New boathouse completed. Bronze Medal awarded to Helmsman David Parry in recognition of the courage, seamanship and skill displayed when the lifeboat saved the crew of three from a sinking dory in a Force 8 gusting 9 and rough seas on the 28th May.
2001 – Ex Helmsman, now current Lifeboat Operations Manager, Mike Judge was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen for ‘Services to Marine Safety’.
2003 – Her Majesty the Queen awarded David ‘Larry’ Lamberton the MBE for services to the RNLI as a Helmsman and Lifeboat Operations Manager, now retired.
2009 – The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to Helmsman Jonathon Carter in recognition of his determination and seamanship when the lifeboat saved the skipper of the yacht Esprint, who had fallen overboard in rough seas on the afternoon of 4th September. The Walter and Elizabeth Groombridge Award for the most meritorious service in an Atlantic Class lifeboat was also presented to the crew for this service.