Welcome to Cullercoats Lifeboat Station
For over 150 years Cullercoats has had a lifeboat station and the lifeboat crews have been presented with seven awards for gallantry. The station has also seen tragedy with seven crew losing their lives saving others at sea.
Cullercoats Bay itself is a semicircular beach with cliffs and caves at the centre and ramped access at the north and south sides which are totally isolated from each other at high tide.
The lifeboat station- is located just south of Whitley Bay and North of Tynemouth. Longsands beach is in the centre, a popular surfing location.
The village of Cullercoats itself was once a shipping port for salt and coal, both produced locally. The salt industry went into decline and coal shipments were located to better harbours with the advent of the railways in the mid-nineteenth century.
However, fishing took over, later in the nineteenth century and two piers were built at the entrance to the harbour to provide shelter for over 150 cobles. The Coble is an open top fishing boat, that were built in the North East.
But Cullercoats fishing industry also declined over the year’s and now there are only a couple of boats fishing from Cullercoats Harbour.
Our first facilities were built in 1896 with relatively minor alterations in the last ten years or so. The result was, a building that was rich in historical features but far from conducive to running a modern lifeboat service. In 2003 new facilties were opened by BBC News presenter Carol Malia bringing the building into the 21st century and providing us with state-of-the-art facilities pefect for all our needs.
During the Summer of 2010 the RNLI Lifeguards moved in to the Lifeboat station here at Cullercoats. This begins a new and exciting chapter in our lifeboat history and we look forward to working closely with them for many years to come.