Burry Port Lifeboat Station

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Burry Port Lifeboat Station
RNLI Lifeboat station
Country Wales, UK
Unitary authority Carmarthenshire
Town Burry Port
Location The Harbour, Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, UK
 - coordinates 51°40′47″N 4°14′54″W / 51.67972°N 4.24833°W / 51.67972; -4.24833Coordinates: 51°40′47″N 4°14′54″W / 51.67972°N 4.24833°W / 51.67972; -4.24833
Founded 1887
Owner Royal National Lifeboat Institution
Visitation By Appointment Only
Burry Port Lifeboat Station is located in Wales
Burry Port Lifeboat Station
Burry Port, Carmarthenshire

Burry Port Lifeboat Station (near Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales) first opened in 1887, with all funds coming from a legacy left by Mr and Mrs Barclay.[1] The station was moved to Burry Port, due to the original lifeboat based at Llanelli being deemed too far away to be helpful; and the previous station based in Pembrey put at risk due to storms.

The station was closed for over half a century between 1914 and 1973 as it was deemed un-needed by the RNLI.

The station currently operates a D-class (IB1) named Diane Hilary and a B-class (Atlantic 75) named Leicester Challenge 2

History[edit]

Burry Port Lifeboat Station opened in 1887 after moving twice in the previous 30 years. The station was allocated a 32-foot-long (9.8 m), 10-oar lifeboat named Stanton Meyrick of Pimlico which operated until 1886, when the boathouse was also abandoned due to operational issues in launching and recovering at that site.

The current boathouse was built on the eastern side of Burry Port Harbour in 1887 to replace it, and up until the station closed in 1914 operated three different lifeboats, all named David Barclay of Tottenham, and saved a total of 34 lives.[2]

In 1973, due to an increase in drowning incidents in Carmarthen Bay, the RNLI decided to reopen the station and allocate it a D-class (EA16) lifeboat.

In 2002 there was a Coast review, in which it was agreed that a hovercraft may be stationed at this station, and also that a B-class (Atlantic 75) lifeboat would be stationed here as well.

Fleet[edit]

All Weather Boats[edit]

Dates in service Name Comments
1887–1886 Stanton Meyrick of Pimlico
1886–1914 David Barclay of Tottenham (Three different boats, all named the same)

Inshore Lifeboats[edit]

D-class[edit]

Dates in service Class Op. No. Name Comments
1973–1987 D-class (Zodiac III) D-220 Unnamed Donated by Tiverton Swimming Club[citation needed]
1987–1995 D-class (Zodiac III) D-331 Dorothy Way
1995–2003 D-class (EA16) D-472 Kip & Kath
2003–2011 D-class (EA16) D-611 The Young Watsons
2011–present D-class (IB1) D-749 Diane Hilary

B-class[edit]

Dates in service Class Op. No. Name
2010–2011 Atlantic 75-class B-768 Blue Peter 2
2011–2014 Atlantic 75-class B-731 Dorothy Selina
2014–present Atlantic 75-class B-777 Leicester Challenge 2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RNLI - Tenby Lifeboat Station". Retrieved 11 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Burry Port Lifeboat". Retrieved 11 May 2014. 

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