South Broads Lifeboat Station

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South Broads Lifeboat Station
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South Broads Lifeboat Station is located in Suffolk
South Broads Lifeboat Station
General information
TypeRNLI Lifeboat Station
LocationLowestoft, Suffolk
Coordinates52°28′38.37″N 1°42′32.90″E / 52.4773250°N 1.7091389°E / 52.4773250; 1.7091389Coordinates: 52°28′38.37″N 1°42′32.90″E / 52.4773250°N 1.7091389°E / 52.4773250; 1.7091389
OwnerRoyal National Lifeboat Institution

South Broads Lifeboat Station was an RNLI operated lifeboat station[1] located on Oulton Broad in the town of Lowestoft in the English county of Suffolk.[2] The station operated between 2001 and 2011.[3] The station covered the southern area of The Broads network, an area of over 100 square miles (260 km2) of inland waterways including the River Waveney.[4]The station performed 194 rescues.[3]


The RNLI decided to close the station in January 2011 after a review which recommended that lifesaving across The Broads would be more effectively covered from Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Lifeboat Station. Following the closure, the station's D-class (IB1) and XP-class lifeboats were added to the RNLI's relief fleet and its 4x4 vehicle transferred to Great Yarmouth and Gorleston.[3][5]



Dates in service Class Op. No. Name
2001–2010 D-class (EA16) D-514 Lord Kitchener
2010–2011 D-class (IB1) D-714 Jean Ryall


Dates in service Class Op. No. Name
2001–2004 XP-class XP-5 The Blob
2004–2005 XP-class XP-33 The Blob Mk. 2
2005–2008 XP-class XP-42 Broads ILB2
2008–2011 XP-class XP-45 The Blob Mk. 3


  1. ^ RNLI station at South Broads, Lowestoft, Google+. Retrieved 2014-03-15.
  2. ^ Explorer Map OL40 – The Broads, Ordnance Survey, 2010-01-22.
  3. ^ a b c South Broads RNLI lifeboat station to close, Royal National Lifeboat Institution, 2011-11-14. Retrieved 2014-03-15.
  4. ^ South Broads lifeboat station at Oulton Broad hit by burglars, Eastern Daily Press, 2011-10-11. Retrieved 2014-03-15.
  5. ^ RNLI closes South Broads lifeboat station at Oulton Broad, BBC news website, 2011-11-15. Retrieved 2014-03-15.