Caister Lifeboat - 40 Years of Independence!
Caister Lifeboat

About us

Caister is the home of the first of only two offshore lifeboats in the UK that is independent of the RNLI. A lifeboat at Caister was first documented in 1791, being used by the Caister Beach Company to salvage ships wrecked on the sand banks offshore from Caister. Between 1856 and 1969 lifeboats at Caister were operated by the RNLI.

The current lifeboats, the Bernard Matthews II (a Dutch-built Valentijn 2000 offshore lifeboat) and the Fred Dyble (a semi-rigid inflatable inshore lifeboat), are run by the Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service, a registered charity supported entirely by public donation.

Ride The Waves
Experience the exhilaration as we leave Great Yarmouth Harbour for the open sea!


Latest News

22/04/17  Marconi Day
Dozens of Radio Amateurs are in our Old Station today attempting to...

20/04/17  Softrak has arrived
We have just taken delivery of a a new Softrak to replace the...

Latest Shouts

03/08/15  Inflatable rescue thanks to Coastwatch vigulance
'A' watch today - potential lives saved - 4 young lads in an...

22/07/15  Assist Motor Cruiser VEUR 11
Called to assist Motor Cruiser VEUR 11.. along side at 20.59 and two...

06/06/15  Recover Jet Ski
Jet ski in distress with adult male and one male child....Jetski...

10/05/15  Recover Yacht MIKARA
Launched at 13.32 and arrived at casualty at 13.42.....two crew put...

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