RNLI pull out of Birnbeck Pier

The RNLI are closing their base on Birnbeck Pier in Weston-super-Mare after 131 years based there. It blames the deteriorating condition of the crumbling facilities.

RNLI abandons Birnbeck Pier - full report

The RNLI has confirmed it has stopped launching its lifeboats from Birnbeck pier in Weston-super-Mare. The charity has said the Victorian structure is simply too dangerous.

It was closed to the public in 1992 but the RNLI has continued launching. Lifeboat crews have been based on the pier for more than a hundred and thirty years. Robert Murphy reports.

RNLI pull out of Birnbeck Pier

The lifeboat station on Birnbeck Pier in Weston-super-Mare Credit: RNLI

After 131 years based on Birnbeck island, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is leaving the island due to the deteriorating condition of Birnbeck Per and the buildings on the island. The immediate plan will be to establish temporary facilities for an inshore lifeboat in the town.

The decision to move off the island has been taken by the RNLI’s Operations Director, George Rawlinson who says his priority is the safety of the charity’s volunteer crew. The predominant worry is access for the crew to the quarter of a mile long pier, which continues to deteriorate,

The charity is initially planning to operate a second D class inshore lifeboat from Knightstone Harbour.

The existing D class and Atlantic lifeboats based on Birnbeck will, in the short term, only launch from the island if there is a known risk to life which cannot be covered by the boat from Knightstone.

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Campaign to save Birnbeck Pier

Birnbeck Pier in Weston-super-Mare has been derelict for 20 years. Credit: ITV News West Country

Campaigners fighting to save Birnbeck Pier in Weston-super-Mare have issued a fresh warning that it's in danger of collapse.

The Victorian structure has been derelict for 20 years and now the Heritage Minister has hinted it may be eligible for lottery money.

A developer who's buying the Grade Two listed pier is in talks with the council about plans for a hotel and apartments.

The Victorian pier is in danger of collapse say campaigners fighting to save the Grade II listed structure. Credit: ITV News West Country