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Bernard Matthews II, our offshore lifeboat, is a Dutch built Valentijn which slashed response times by more than half. In service since 2004,  replacing The Bernard Matthews lifeboat, which had been going to the rescue of seafarers off the coast of Great Yarmouth for 12 years.  The Fred Dyble, our inshore lifeboat (ILB) was named by HRH Princess Anne on the 30th April 2013.

Bernard Mathews II

Power
Max torque
Top speed
Endurance
Length
Width
Weight
Crew
Survivor Capacity

2 x 450hp
440Nm
37 knots
6 hours
11m
4.1m
10 tons
4
50

Caterpillar Challenger 65C

Power
Max torque
Top speed
Weight

285hp
TBC
TBC

Fred Dyble

Power
Max torque
Top speed
Endurance
Length
Width
Weight
Crew
Survivor Capacity

60hp
TBC
28 knots
3 hours
5m
2.0m
420kg
3
2

Softrak

Power
Max torque
Top speed
Weight

90hp
TBC
TBC
TBC

Our Past Heroes

Caister Lifeboats Jim Davidson ILB

Jim Davidson ILB


The Jim Davidson ILB which was named on Sunday 9th September 2001 was purchased with money largely raised by Jim at his charity show at the Wellington Pier, at the end of the 2000 summer season.

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Jim Davidson ILB

Power
Max torque
Top speed
Endurance
Length
Width
Weight
Crew
Survivor Capacity

TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC

Caister Lifeboats The Shirley Jean Adye

The Shirley Jean Adye


Shirley Jean Adye was the first Independent Offshore Lifeboat in the country.  Liverpool Class Lifeboat Built in 1952 by Groves & Gutteridge, Cowes at Yard No 524. ON906 W Ross McArthur of Glasgow.

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The Shirley Jean Adye

Power
Max torque
Top speed
Endurance
Length
Width
Weight
Crew
Survivor Capacity

TBC
TBC
TBC
TBC
35ft 6ins
TBC
8 tons 10 cwt
TBC
TBC

Caister Lifeboats Bernard Matthews

Bernard Matthews


The Bernard Matthews served on station between August 1991 - 2004. Purchased with the kind support of Bernard Matthews, his company continues to provide support to many enterprising fund-raising efforts made by Caister Lifeboats.

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Bernard Matthews

Power
Max torque
Top speed
Endurance
Length
Width
Weight
Crew
Survivor Capacity

564hp
TBC
18 Knots
TBC
38ft 6in
10ft 8in
TBC
TBC
TBC

Latest Rescue

Monday 28th August 2017
Time: 18:00

Bernard Matthews II
A search is under way to find a missing diver who was looking at a wreck site in the North Sea. The 68-year-old man from the Brighton area was reported missing 12 miles (19km) east of Great Yarmouth at 6pm on Monday. He was reported missing by the dive boat Raider V and was still missing on Tuesday morning. An air and sea search involving rescue helicopters and lifeboats started on Monday night, went overnight and continued on Tuesday.

1791
Established
2
Lifeboats
22
Volunteer Crew
189
Lives Saved
£250k
Annual Costs

Latest News

Read about all our latest news and forthcoming events, including fund raising campaigns, equipment upgrades, training and public events throughout the Caister area.

Caister Lifeboats
  • Marconi Day

    by Caister Lifeboats

    Station today attempting to make contact with as many other "Hams" around the world as they can. From basic vocal and Morse code tapping keys to the most up to date computer generated messages. ...

  • Softrak has arrived

    by Caister Lifeboats

    We have just taken delivery of a a new Softrak to replace the tractor we have used to launch our Inshore Lifeboat. With caterpillar style tracks rather than wheels it will make pulling over the bea...
  • Launches save lives

    by Caister Lifeboats

    Over the years the station has responded to numerous requests for help and we have been doing a few sums.

    Our inshore boats have launched 303 times and we have recorded 189 lives saved. The ...

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