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The first Padstow lifeboat was built by the Padstow Harbour Association in 1827 and kept at Hawkers Cove. The RNLI took over the station in 1856. In 1899 a new steam lifeboat was provided and the station's first motor lifeboat was commissioned in 1929. A new boat house and roller slipway were built at Hawker's Cove for a second motor lifeboat in 1931. The original boat house became designated as the No 2 station. The No 2 station eventually closed on 31st March 1962 because silting of the River Camel prevented launching at low tide. A further boathouse and 73 metre (240 ft) slipway were completed in 1967 at Trevose Head to the west of Mother Ivey's Bay.
In 1984 the boathouse was adapted for the station's Tyne class boat. At the same time improvements were made to the cliff lift to enable it to carry a stretcher with a casualty and two attendants. Major concrete repairs to the substructures of both the boathouse and slipway had to be carried out between April 1991 and January 1992.

The original Padstow Lifeboat Station at Hawkers Cove
The original Padstow Lifeboat Station at Hawkers Cove.

The new award-winning boathouse and slipway next to the existing boathouse at Trevose Head was completed in time for the new 2.5M Tamar class ON-1283 (16-04) Spirit of Padstow on 17th July 2006.

See also a history of the lifeboats that have been stationed at Padstow

Padstow Lifeboat Station at Trevose Head. Built in 2006

(above & below) Padstow Lifeboat Station at Trevose Head. Built in 2006

New lifeboat station at Trevose Head, Padstow completed in 2006

Station Address: Trevose Head, Mother Iveys Bay, Padstow PL28 8SL
Station Opening Times: 10:00am to 4:00pm weekdays.
Station Tel: 01841 520667
Visitor Contact: Captain Trevor Platt (Tel: 01841 532844)
There is no RNLI shop at Padstow.

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Videos of Padstow Lifeboat

Wednesday 29th August 2012

The volunteers onboard the RNLI all-weather lifeboat from Padstow (Spirit of Padstow) were called away from a routine exercise on Wednesday 29 August to go to the aid of the crew of a capsized yacht who had put out a distress call.
When the lifeboat crew arrived on scene at 6.25pm, they found the 80-year-old skipper had managed to get back on the boat after it had been knocked down, but his fellow sailor was missing in the water.
The RNLI volunteers immediately started a search and recovered him 10 minutes later. He was taken on board the lifeboat for medical assistance then airlifted to hospital by the search and rescue helicopter crew from RNAS Culdrose. They also airlifted the yacht's skipper.
The weather conditions were challenging with a force six wind and a moderate to rough westerly swell.

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