Salcombe has had a Lifeboat Station for 147 years. The current Station is operated by a team of 34 local men and women, 24 sea going, and 10 shore- based. We have 2 full time professionals, Coxswain Chris Winzar and Mechanic Sam Viles, the remaining 32 are all volunteers. We have 2 boats, a 25 knot All Weather Lifeboat ‘The Baltic Exchange III’, and a 32 knot Inshore Boat ‘Joan Bate’. With these boats and this volunteer crew we are able to meet our mission which is to reach any casualty, in any weather, within 10 miles of the Station within 30 mins of first being called.
The RNLI is a registered charity and relies on voluntary contributions and legacies for its income. We receive no Government funding. In Salcombe we have a team of fundraisers ‘Friends of Salcombe Lifeboats’ .