Caister Lifeboat - 40 Years of Independence!
Caister Lifeboat

Welcome to Caister Lifeboat

Don't forget that we have a donation link using the  "Just Giving" web site....just open the "Just Giving" site ,search Caister Lifeboat and follow the links.
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During the 2013 we had the Bernard Matthews II, all-weather lifeboat, fully serviced, refitted and improved together with a stainless steel replacement cabin for our main launch catterpillar tractor.We also replaced the lifting fenders on our main trailer. Our Inshore Lifeboat the "Fred Dyble", is now operational with its new tractor and always ready on its new launch trailor.  
We continually train to keep people safe on our local beaches and at sea.With help and support from HM Coastguard, the local Coastguard patrols,Caister National Coastwatch Institute and other emergency services, we've had some incredible life-saving rescues. 
Our Chairman and Crew man Paul Garrod looking suitably pleased during a recent training excercise
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Why not keep in touch by logging onto our  Facebook page introduced to provide you with information and photographs so you  know what we are doing and when.


From Easter to October Both our sheds open every Wednesday and Sunday between 10 am and 3 pm. They are also open on Bank Holidays.

Our new Inshore Lifeboat is on station and responding to calls for assistance.

See our boats section for more details of our new Inshore boat, was named the Fred  Dyble by HRH Princess Anne.

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 New boat launch


The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2012.Signed by Her Majesty The Queen has  been bestowed on the Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service 

It has the citation "For the saving of lives of those in danger on the seas and the foreshore of the East Anglian Coast"

Queens Award

All those involved with the service are extremely proud of this award especially since it coincided with the Queen's Diamond jubilee Celebrations on the Thames.

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See our other photo's from the Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the Thames on the special site

Three Crew Members were presented with their Royal Humane Society Medals by the Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk  The Assisting Medic received a Certificate from the CVLS.


Picture by Director Mike Randall

All your donations and good wishes of support are most appreciated and because we are all volunteers all financial help goes to ensuring the lifeboats are fully operational and the crew are trained, available and ready to respond.  

Without your help we could not continue to be ready to support those in distress and to save lives. This is why a very grateful and special "Thank you" message is sent to all our sponsors and Supporters 

We do our very best to acknowledge and respond to all donations and enquiries so please remember to always send us your details, or the address of the Organisation you represent.

If you haven't heard from us within 28 days please give us a call. We will NEVER intentionally ignore any communication but sometimes, even with our best endevours, things can go astray. 

Where it all began.

Our history dates back to the Caister Beach Company in 1794 and the volunteers of the Caister Lifeboat Service can claim with pride that they are an important part of the history of Caister On Sea  and the proud heritage of Norfolk.

 Since 1969 the Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service has been operated independently from the RNLI, as a Registered Charity, and today Volunteers crew both an offshore and inshore lifeboat.

At 38 knots the Offshore Lifeboat, 'Bernard Matthews II', named after the very famous Norfolk turkey farmer, is a Dutch valentijn class vessel. It is the fastest all weather lifeboat in the British Isles. Along with the inshore vessel, the fred Dyble they both provide an essential part of the lifeboat service on this deceivingly treacherous coast.

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We welcome you to our Visitor Centre which explains in pictures and words the story of the Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service from way back in the days of the Famous Norfolk Coast Beach Companys. Look down into our first motorised Lifeboat ,the Shirley Jean Ayde and read of the exploits  of crews past and present

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If you have a story or any information about the Caister Life boats that you want to share please contact us 

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 The crew assembled for their annual photograph

Caister Lifeboat Crew

For details of all our boats and the rescues that tell the history of the station please click on the archive icon at the end of the history page 

Latest News

03/09/14  Big Shed Cleanup
The crew of Caister Lifeboat have given the Skipper Woodhouse Boat...

23/08/14  Inshore boat rescues an escaped dog
Caister lifeboatmen have been praised for launching the the...

Latest Shouts

30/08/14  Missing Swimmer
Caister's Inshore and All-Weather lifeboats were paged to launch at...

04/08/14  Divers Rescued
During our busy Annual Fete the Bernard Matthews was launched...

23/07/14  Shout to Cruiser.
Lifeboat was called to a Cruiser off California details to follow.

21/07/14  Swimmers in trouble
The Ilb responded in super quick time in response to a swimmer in the...

The Lifeboat Station, Tan lane, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk NR30 5DJ