Hope for new RNLI base in Weston-super-Mare

The RNLI says it may have found a new site for their lifeboat station in Weston-super-Mare after moving out of their base on Birnbeck Pier which was unsafe.

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New site for lifeboat station in Weston-super-Mare

After a long search the RNLI says it has found a location for a new lifeboat station in Weston-super-Mare.

For the last year it has been based in a temporary station after it was forced to leave its historic home on Birnbeck Pier. The service now wants to build a new station on Madeira Cove but the RNLI may need to raise up to £4 million for it.

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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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