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.