The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is the charity that saves lives at sea.

Founded in 1803, Hoylake Lifeboat Station is one of the oldest RNLI stations in the UK. The community in Hoylake have provided volunteer crews for over 200 years, a tradition that continues today with generations of local people prepared to risk their lives to save others at sea.

The all-weather Shannon class lifeboat 13-06 RNLB Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood has been on service at Hoylake since 2014. The lifeboat covers the approaches to Liverpool, the Dee Estuary and the Irish Sea and launches at all states of weather and tide to people and vessels in distress.

The Inshore Rescue Hovercraft H-005 Hurley Spirit has also been stationed at Hoylake since 2016 and can reach areas inaccessible to conventional lifeboats, including the mud flats of the Dee Estuary, the Wirral coast and the River Mersey.

Hoylake Lifeboat Crew

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Colour photo of current lifeboat crew outside the station

About Hoylake Lifeboat

Hoylake Lifeboat Station is located on Hoylake Promenade on the site of the former Hoylake outdoor swimming baths. The state-of-the-art building was funded through a £2 million RNLI national appeal…
Hoylake's Shannon Class Lifeboat

Our Boats

The Shannon is the latest class of all-weather lifeboat to join the RNLI’s fleet and the first to be propelled by waterjets instead of traditional propellers. It is designed to be launched and recovered from…
Historical photograph of Hoylake Lifeboat Crew

Our History

Hoylake Lifeboat Station is one of the oldest on the coasts of the UK and Ireland and was founded by the Liverpool Docks Trustees, which built the first lifeboat station, in 1803. The station was taken over by the RNLI…

News & Events

Hoylake RNLI Coxswain to hand over the helm

Hoylake RNLI Coxswain to hand over the helm

When Andy Dodd became Coxswain of the Hoylake Lifeboat in 2016, he realised a childhood ambition that saw him following in his father’s footsteps and continuing a long family tradition of saving lives at sea. After five years at the helm, and many more serving on the...

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