Always on call to Save Lives at Sea

Welcome to RNLI Torbay, one of the UK’s busiest lifeboat stations which is run almost entirely by volunteers. Here you’ll find our charity’s latest news, key facts on our all-weather and inshore lifeboats, snippets about the lifeboat station and the people who make it tick.

RNLI Torbay’s crew have been saving lives in the waters in and around Torbay and out into the English Channel in all weathers for over 150 years. We are really lucky to have the support of a wonderful band of fundraising volunteers (Torbay Lifeboat Fundraisers) who work tirelessly to keep our boats afloat. Check out the fundraising tab for the latest on what they’ve been up to. And if you’d like to join our friendly team of volunteers, you’ll find all the details on how to get in touch with us on the contacts page.


Details of our most recent shouts are listed here and you’ll find further operational information under our lifeboat tab.

ILB SHOUT 6: 16-02-2021

Incident Date 16-02-2021 Launch Instruct 15:47 Lifeboat Used ILB Location of Casualty Torquay Launched to assist with fully clothed woman in sea 150 m off Grand Hotel and still walking out.On arrival found police had entered the water, individual came ashore with police .ILB stood down and casualty was waiting for ambulance.

ALB SHOUT 3/ILB SHOUT 5: 14-02-2021

Incident Date 14-02-2021 Launch Instruct ILB 09:04/ALB 09:06 Lifeboat Used ALB/ILB Location of Casualty Paignton Harbour Both boats launched following reports of a stationary surfer in trouble off Paignton Harbour.Upon investigation surfer found to be two mooring buoys.


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RNLI Torbay operates in busy waters that include the shipping lanes of the English Channel. Within our area of operations we have the busy commercial fishing port of Brixham, five large marinas and two yacht clubs. Our inshore waters are attractive for the widest range of water sports including wake boarding, kayaking, paddle boarding, open water swimming and diving

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Events & News

Fundraising locally is organised mainly by the Torbay Lifeboat Fundraisers (TLF) and contact details together with planned fundraising events are given under the ‘Events’ tab. Please remember the RNLI is a Charity relying entirely on voluntary contributions to establish and maintain the Crew and rescue assets.

Our Purpose: – As a National Charity the RNLI Mission is – ‘to prevent avoidable loss of life at sea’.

A charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland

Welcome to the Torbay Lifeboat(s) Station Web Site. The site is maintained by lifeboat station personnel and as such is not an official RNLI Web Site. Included is both history and indicative operational information of the service provided – largely by volunteers – to those who spend time along the South Devon Coastline from Teignmouth to Start Bay and 50 miles out into the English Channel.

Station Address

RNLI Torbay Lifeboat Station
Breakwater Hard
Berry Head Road


Contacting the Station

Station Visits

Due to Covid-19 station visits are temporarily suspended. We will let you know when we will be re-opening as soon as we are able.