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About Maryport Lifeboat


Maryport Inshore Rescue is an Independent Lifeboat (not RNLI) and Rescue Service to the Solway Firth and surrounding areas.  We work closely with the RNLI and all the other emergency services.  The crew is available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, in all-weather to answer calls from H.M. Coastguard, Police and general public.

We are an entirely self-funded not for profit service, with no formal links or partnerships with other organisations.  All our crew are volunteers trained to national and international standards.

The lifeboat service in Maryport dates back to 1865 when the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) first based a boat in the town. After a distinguished service and 150 lives saved, the station was closed in 1949. No sea based rescue service existed out of Maryport for the following 30 years.

The present boathouse dates from 1968 and was given to the people of Maryport by the Senhouse family.   Today’s Independent Lifeboat Service was founded in 1978 by six local men, in response to an accident at sea which cost the lives of three members of the town’s community. 

In May 2008 we received on station our new lifeboat  E-ON Spirit of Maryport, a 9metre RIB with twin 175 hp engines, built for offshore work with a greater operational area.

In March 2009 seven members became qualified Rescue 3 Swift water Technicians, which has enabled us to extend our rescue capabilities to include flood rescue and river related incidents.

We offer an emergency response service at sea (using our top of the range 350HP craft),  additionally we also save lives inshore and on land in floods/swift water.

We rely entirely on kind donations from members of the public and local businesses to stay afloat.  We have been established now for over 35 years and have rescued many people throughout that time. We would like to say thank you to all who have donated over the years and helped keep this service to the Solway Firth going.

Our Lifeboat, Vehicles, Pagers and Station costs are around £16,000 per year... every year.  Not to mention the additional costs for training, equipment & fuel etc. Our new boathouse is currently under construction and will hopefully be operational in February 2014.  Monies raised via our Lifeboat Lotto will go a long way towards the building and maintenance cost of the station which in turn will make a big difference to the service we provide.

Without your kind donations, we would not be able to offer the high standard Emergency Service we are very proud of. By supporting Maryport Lifeboat Lotto you will be helping to fund the essential equipment, training and services necessary to perform our rescues and in turn helping to save lives.

You can follow our progress as well as updates about the lotto and our new station on our website as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages.