Events Archive

These are difficult times for everyone at the moment and we are all facing significant challenges; Salcombe Lifeboats are no different. The Lifeguards are back on the beaches and throughout the “Lockdown period” our Lifeboats have maintained a constant cover thanks to our amazing crew and they will need your support so much more in the future to ensure the Salcombe Lifeboats continue to fulfil their mission, to Save Lives at Sea.

Whilst we have cancelled or postponed our planned fundraising events this year, we are still trying to raise some money as the pandemic has left a big hole in the RNLI’s finances as our costs have remained pretty much the same.

We are starting to plan events we can carry out within the Government’s guidelines, such as a sponsored walk from Bantham to Start Point over a series of legs ranging from 2 to 4 miles each. The provisional date is the 25th October and will involve teams of 4+ with each team raising sponsorship. We will put more details on our Website and Social Media as they are available.

The boys football club in South Brent are also doing a sponsored walk and have kindly offered to do so in support of Salcombe Lifeboats. We will also put their details and links on our web site.

Since our RNLI Shop in Salcombe is currently closed, you can still shop safely online. In these difficult times, your support means more than ever. Shop now at and use code SALCOMBE for free delivery. Please see for the terms of this promotion.

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 and use code SALCOMBE for free delivery. Please see for the terms of this promotion.

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 #BeBeachSafe

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 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 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.


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.

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:


Telephone: 07552 724204