The inception of Sumner Lifeboat dates back to 1898 with the arrival of ‘Rescue’.

It is the oldest of the Coastguard units. In 1904 the Sumner Lifeboat Brigade was formed and assumed responsibility for maritime rescues off Sumner from the harbour board. Joseph Day became the first Coxswain and continued until his retirement in December 1912.

Our first powered lifeboat was obtained in 1930, the first radio in 1958 and first GPS tracking system in 2002.

Sumner Lifeboat has never lost a crew member and volunteerism remains the essential credo.


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Legal Name Sumner Lifeboat Institution Inc Sumner Logo LP 150WCharity Number CC22950 



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