Our Mission

Our prime objective is to preserve life.

We do this by ensuring that we are trained, equipped and ready to attend a vast array of incidents as quickly as possible.

What do we do?

We are an independant rescue charity that was formed in 1997, based in Felixstowe, Suffolk.

Our crews patrol during weekends and bank holidays between April and November each year.

We operate two patrol / lifeboats -

'Volunteer' and 'Last Orders'. Both of which are ocean going Humber RIBs fitted with Suzuki outboard engines and all of the required navigation and safety equipment.

We are a category 1 response unit, working to the MCA code of practice for open rescue boats, as well as being part of the plans for the Suffolk Resilience response to flooding.

We deal with marine safety incidents either as we come across them or when we are tasked to them by other agencies. We work closely with HM Coastguard, Suffolk Constabulary, East of England Ambulance Service, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service and the RNLI, albeit we are completely independent and funded by donations. Our volunteers regularly attend first aid incidents, missing persons, broken down vessels and swimmers in distress. They also carry out reassurance and security patrols on behalf of the local authority.

When not on operational deployments, our crews also visit local schools and other groups to promote sea safety and responsible use of the water.

Scattering of ashes at sea

Do you, or do you know someone, that loves the sea? perhaps a sailor, a swimmer or diver, or just someone who lives or loves relaxing by the sea? We also provide a service by helping you to scatter the ashes of your loved one at sea. Please get in touch to discuss how we can help you with this, and ensure that your wishes are met.

Registered Charity No. 1082443




Our volunteers have been credited with the following awards for services to their local community:

  • Royal Humane Society Rescue Award

  • London Beacon Fellowship Prize

  • Suffolk County Council SAR Award

  • Chief Coastguard Commendation.

  • High Sheriffs Community Award

  • Stars of Suffolk award (x2)

  • Suffolk County Council Public Protection Award

  • Suffolk Coastal District Public Safety Award