RNLI Salcombe Shop Closed Due to COVID-19

Our RNLI Shop in Salcombe is currently closed but you can still shop safely online. In these difficult times, your support means more than ever.

Shop now at bit.ly/RNLI_Shop_Free_PnP and use code SALCOMBE for free delivery. Please see bit.ly/RNLI_Shop_Terms for the terms of this promotion.

RNLI Salcombe ALB and Hope Cove Lifeboats

Friday May 29th saw both RNLI Salcombe ALB and Hope Cove Lifeboats responding to reports of people in difficulty in the water off South Milton Sands.
Temperatures are set to soar again this weekend and at present there are no RNLI lifeguards on a number of UK beaches, so please make sure you follow our safety advice:
• Stay together – do not enter the water alone, always have a member of your household nearby
• Now is not the time to learn a new water sport, please refrain from the temptation
• Be aware of rip currents (typically identifiable as areas where the waves are not breaking or channels of churning, choppy water on the sea’s surface)
• If you fall into the water unexpectedly, FLOAT TO LIVE, fight your instinct to thrash around, lean back, remain calm, extend your arms and legs and FLOAT
• Always have a plan – check the weather and surf forecast as well as sea temperature and tide times
• In any coastal emergency, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard
https://bit.ly/BeachSafety_RNLI_ #BeBeachSafe


Peter Hodges

It is with great sadness that Salcombe Lifeboat Station announces that its former Honorary Secretary and Lifeboat Operations Manager, Peter Hodges, passed away peacefully on Tuesday May 26th. He will be sorely missed by both current and former Members of the lifeboat community.
We, at RNLI Salcombe send our sincere condolences to his family.


The warmer weather may well bring the temptation.

The warmer weather may well bring the temptation to head for the sea but please remember.
While you are allowed out for daily exercise, we do not recommend that this exercise is on or in the sea. Our charity’s lifeboat service is still available but every time a lifeboat crew is called to an incident, it puts additional pressure on RNLI volunteers and other front-line emergency services as well as potentially exposing them to COVID-19.

The Salcombe RNLI family want to recognise incredible work.

The Salcombe RNLI family want to recognise the incredible work, dangers and pressure facing our NHS Staff during this COVID-19 pandemic.
In particular we think of two of the Salcombe volunteer lifeboat crew members currently on the front line.

Miss Esther McLarty. Consultant Urological Surgeon.

Esther has been a member of the Salcombe crew since 2009, and crewed both the ALB and ILB lifeboats, only stepping down from the roles when daughter Molly-May arrived. Esther’s partner Richard (Tricky) Clayton is also a member of the crew holding the position of Deputy Second Coxswain.

Esther also serves as Lifeboat Medical Advisor, for Salcombe RNLI.

Jeff Gillard. Emergency Care Assistant (Bristol Ambulance) Working for NHS SW Ambulance.

Jeff is in his second term with Salcombe RNLI having re-joined in September 2017, now covering the Falmouth area for the NHS sees very little of home these days with a continual need to work extended hours.

Jeff has said the public response to NHS staff has been remarkable, an example of which is shown in the letter he found on his car.

Please remember the single most important action we can all take in fighting COVID-19 is to stay at home in order to protect Esther, Richard, Molly-May and Jeff and all those working for the NHS and save lives.


Salcombe Gin RNLI Fundraising Dinner

COVID-19 Update from RNLI Salcombe

The safety and welfare of the Salcombe RNLI staff, volunteer crews and fundraising crew, along with our ability to maintain our world-class lifesaving service, is our number one priority.

As a result, we have taken the decision to close our gift shop, museum and curtail all fund-raising activities with immediate effect. Our lifeboat station remains operational and we will continue to respond to those in need, but we will not be open to visitors.

‘Our lifeboats will continue to launch to those in peril at sea.’

Despite COVID-19 issues our volunteer crews continue to show their dedication. Over the past three days the crew worked to bring a Relief All Weather Lifeboat from Portishead via Newlyn to Salcombe. Then after a quick change over of equipment they were on their way taking Salcombe’s “The Baltic Exchange III” All-Weather Lifeboat to the RNLI support centre, Poole, for its twelve-year refit.
Within 24 hours of its arrival in Poole, the All-Weather Lifeboat was being put through its paces on pre-refit sea trials by staff from the All-Weather Lifeboat Centre.
The refit, which will take 3 months will enable “The Baltic Exchange III” to continue in service supporting the coastline in and around the South Hams area for a further 12 years.

Salcombe Gin RNLI Fundraising Dinner


Could you Volunteer for the RNLI?

Do you have time to spare to help the lifeboats?

We’re always looking for new people to join our vibrant and friendly team.

For more information please contact Mr. Roger Bryant (details below)  and discover so much more about volunteering with the Fundraising Crew……..


For more information please get in touch:

Email: roger.bryant2012@gmail.com

Telephone: 07552 724204


From coastal volunteer to Chief Executive:

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has today – Wednesday 6 March 2019 – announced that its new Chief Executive will be Mark Dowie.

Mark is currently the Lifeboat Operations Manager at Salcombe RNLI in Devon, a voluntary role that he has held proudly since 2017, and will take up the post of Chief Executive of the lifesaving charity on Wednesday 15 May 2019.

In his role as a Lifeboat Operations Manager, Mark has been responsible for all the operations of a busy lifeboat station, and so he has first-hand experience of leading and volunteering within the RNLI.

Mark brings with him significant corporate leadership experience, having been a senior banking professional who was most recently Chief Executive Officer, Corporate & Institutional Banking, at Standard Chartered Bank. In this role he led the bank’s global wholesale banking business and was responsible for nearly 20,000 people in 62 countries around the world.

A former Royal Navy Supply Officer, Mark served between 1982 and 1990, leaving the service at the rank of Lieutenant. During his time in the Royal Navy, Mark served on the helicopter carrier RFA Reliant and HMS Illustrious.

In addition, Mark has owned and managed a successful marine services company and served as a magistrate in Devon. He is a keen sailor and a gyrocopter pilot.

Mark is also a trustee of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) and has provided leadership and financial support to youth charities in south London and a school and orphanage in Kenya.

Mark said: ‘I am delighted and incredibly proud to have been appointed as the RNLI’s new chief executive.

‘Having been an RNLI volunteer on the coast for the past two years, I know just what an incredible organisation this charity is. I’ve seen first-hand the dedication and commitment of the RNLI’s volunteers and staff to help save lives and keep people safe.’

Stuart Popham, Chairman of the RNLI, said: ‘I’m delighted to announce Mark Dowie as the RNLI’s new chief executive.

‘Mark has a range of impressive attributes and experience that he will bring to the role, including valuable experience as an RNLI volunteer.

‘He has a wealth of corporate leadership experience and a real affinity for the sea. I’m looking forward to working with Mark and am extremely confident that he will be a huge asset to the RNLI.

‘I’d also like to profusely thank our current Chief Executive, Paul Boissier, for his magnificent contribution over the last decade. He will leave the RNLI having achieved so much.’

The RNLI’s current chief executive, Paul Boissier, has been in post since 2009 and will leave the RNLI on Wednesday 15 May.