About us

Welcome

Welcome to the Burnham on Crouch RNLI website. We cover the River Crouch between Battlesbridge, to the west, and eastward through Brandy Hole, Fambridge and Althorne, to the River Roach and areas extending beyond the river entrance and into the maze of sandbanks and mudflats that lie offshore. Our mission is to save lives at sea.

We have 2 inshore lifeboats at the station, manned by a total of 20 volunteers from all walks of life. Please take a moment to explore what we do and how you might be able to support our life-saving work.


Our history

Burnham on Crouch RNLI’s history dates back to 1966, when the station with a D Class lifeboat was opened. Initially only operational during the sailing season, it became an all year station in 1987.

From 1989 the 16-foot D class was tasked to assist boats in trouble in the approaches to the river (beyond Shore Ends) more frequently and also that some 55 – 60% of ‘shouts’ were taking place after dark. As a result, it was decided that, subject to finding a suitable site, an Atlantic 75 lifeboat should be stationed in Burnham from 1996.

Having outgrown the station at the eastern end of the town and needing space for the new Atlantic 75, the present station was built at the western end of the town in the new marina. At the same time, the first our our two floating boathouses was built and installed at our current home in Burnham yacht Harbour.  A second floating boathouse was built and installed in 2002, to house our D Class ILB.  These floating boathouses became operational in late 1996, along with a shoreside admin, workshop and training centre, which was funded entirely by local donations.

This arrangement of 2 boats, 2 floating boathouses and the shoreside admin, workshop and training centre is what we have today. When we first became operational in 1966, we had just 4 volunteers. That number has now grown to 20, with a regular training programme, both offsite and at RNLI HQ in Poole, supported by regular input from the RNLI’s regional staff.


Our funding

Our lifesaving work is funded entirely by donations, both centrally, through the RNLI’s national fundraising work, and through local donations which enable us to save lives and to go to the assistance of vessels and people in distress. Everything from our boats, to safety clothing for crew and crew training is paid for by these donations; everything that is, except for the time of our volunteers, which they give for nothing.

We are indebted to the benefactors who have funded the lifeboats, past and present, that have been based at the station. In particular, we would like to acknowledge the remarkable generosity of David and Barbara Chapman who have funded 3 successive D Class inshore lifeboats, the most recent of these is the ‘David & Barbara Chapman ’, which arrived on station in May and was named on June 3rd, 2017. We would also like to acknowledge the generous bequest of Mr Geoffrey Brian Britt which together with a generous gift from Patricia Britt funded our Atlantic 85  B849, the ‘Tony & Robert Britt’, which arrived on station in August 2011.

The work of the Burnham RNLI Guild in fundraising is invaluable to us. Their members tirelessly run fundraising events for the station, ranging from our traditional RNLI carol service at St Mary’s each year to jazz concerts and garden parties.


Our boats

Burnham on Crouch RNLI currently operates 2 lifeboats, one being an Atlantic 85, the ‘Tony & Robert Britt’ which arrived on station in August 2011 and the other a D Class IB1, the ‘David & Barbara Chapman’ which arrived on station in June 2017.

The Atlantic 85 is powered by twin 115HP outboard engines, giving it a top speed of 35 knots and an endurance of over 4 hours. It carries a crew of 4. The deep V hull combined with the inflatable tubes around the hull and a water ballast system make the Atlantic 85 a highly capable sea keeping craft able to withstand much worse weather and sea conditions than the D Class inshore lifeboat. In addition, it has a full self righting capability. The Atlantic 85 has a sophisticated navigation and communications system, including DSC VHF, radar, GPS, chart plotter and RDF. These are invaluable in helping to locate and assist casualties, even in poor visibility.

The D Class ILB is 5 meters in length and is powered by a single 50HP petrol outboard giving it a top speed of 30 knots in flat water. It carries a crew of 3. The fully inflatable hull, with minimal draft, makes it ideal for reaching casualties in shallower and more remote parts of both rivers.

Our boathouses

Our 2 floating boathouses based at Burnham Yacht Harbour are among only 3 such RNLI installations in the UK, so we are particularly proud of them. They enable us to keep our boats clear of the water, but ready for immediate service at all states of tide.

Our first floating boathouse was commissioned in 1996. A second floating boathouse for our D Class ILB was completed in July 2002.


Our volunteers

When the station first became operational in 1966, we had just 4 volunteers. That number has now grown to 20.

Our volunteers range in age from 17 to 70, and come from all walks of life. We number amongst our volunteers policemen, local shopkeepers and teachers, many of whom didn’t have a connection with the sea before they started. However they all have a common purpose in volunteering their time to help save lives, and a shared level of training and professionalism, to ensure that they are properly equipped to do so.

Click here to read about our Volunteers.

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We never stop fundraising, so we’re always grateful to accept donations. However much you are able to give would be received with thanks and appreciation.

If you would like to make a donation, please email our Treasurer using treasurer@burnham-rnli.org or contact us using the details on the Contact Page. We would be pleased to discuss with you the different ways in which you can donate, and how to do so tax effectively.

We are always happy to hear from prospective volunteers, whether as fundraisers, shore crew or seagoing crew members.

For shore crew or seagoing crew members, you need to be located within 5 minutes of the lifeboat station and able to give a few days and evenings a month to training. You’ll also need to be able to commit to being available on call. For seagoing crew members, you need to be between the age of 18 and 49 on application, and be able to pass the RNLI’s medical.

If you you’d like to volunteer and meet these criteria, please get in touch with us by using any of the options on the Contact Page. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Our history

Burnham on Crouch RNLI’s history dates back to 1966, when a station with a D Class lifeboat was opened. The boathouse was in what is now the dinghy park of the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club.

Initially only operational during the sailing season, it became an all year station in 1987.

A review of the type and frequency of services of lifeboats on the East Coast showed that since 1989 the 16-foot D class was being tasked to assist boats in trouble in the approaches to the river (beyond Shore Ends) more and more frequently and also that some 55 – 60% of ‘shouts’ were taking place after dark. As a result, it was decided that, subject to finding a suitable site, an Atlantic 75 lifeboat should be stationed in Burnham from 1996.

Having outgrown the station at the eastern end of the town and needing space for the new Atlantic 75, the present station was built at the western end of the town in the new marina. At the same time, the first our our two floating boathouses was built and installed at our current home in Burnham yacht Harbour.  A second floating boathouse was built and installed in 2002, to house our D Class ILB.  These floating boathouses became operational in late 1996, along with a shoreside admin, workshop and training centre, which was funded entirely by local donations.

This arrangement of 2 boats, 2 floating boathouses and the shoreside admin, workshop and training centre is what we have today.

When we first became operational in 1966, we had just 4 volunteers. That number has now grown to 20, with a regular training programme, both offsite and at RNLI HQ in Poole, supported by regular input from the RNLI’s regional staff.

Since becoming operational in 1966, Burnham on Crouch RNLI has saved 43 lives and rescued 931 casualties.


Our funding

Our livesaving work is funded entirely by donations, both centrally, through the RNLI’s national fundraising work, and through local donations which enable us to save lives and to go to the assistance of vessels and people in distress. Everything from our boats, to safety clothing for crew and crew training is paid for by these donations; everything that is, except for the time of our volunteers, which they give for nothing.

We are indebted to the benefactors who have funded the lifeboats, past and present, that have been based at the station. In particular, we would like to acknowledge the remarkable generosity of David and Barbara Chapman who have funded 3 successive D Class inshore lifeboats, the most recent of these is the ‘Ernest & Rose Chapman II’, which arrived on station in February 2007. We would also like to acknowledge the generous bequest of Mr Geoffrey Brian Britt which together with a generous gift from Patricia Britt funded our Atlantic 85  B849, the ‘Tony & Robert Britt’, which arrived on station in August 2011.

The work of the Burnham RNLI Guild in fundraising is invaluable to us. Their members tirelessly run fundraising events for the station, ranging from our traditional RNLI carol service at St Mary’s each year to jazz concerts and garden parties. In total, the Guild raised over £30,733 for the station and for the RNLI in general in 2014, for which we are very grateful.


Our boats

Burnham on Crouch RNLI currently operates 2 lifeboats, one being an Atlantic 85, the ‘Tony & Robert Britt’ which arrived on station in August 2011 and the other a D Class IB1, the ‘Ernest & Rose Chapman II’ which arrived on station in February 2007.

The Atlantic 85 is powered by twin 115HP outboard engines, giving it a top speed of 35 knots and an endurance of over 4 hours. It carries a crew of 4. The deep V hull combined with the inflatable tubes around the hull and a water ballast system make the Atlantic 85 a highly capable sea keeping craft able to withstand much worse weather and sea conditions than the D Class inshore lifeboat. In addition, it has a full self righting capability. The Atlantic 85 has a sophisticated navigation and communications system, including DSC VHF, radar, GPS, chart plotter and RDF. These are invaluable in helping to locate and assist casualties, even in poor visibility.

The D Class ILB is 5 meters in length and is powered by a single 50HP petrol outboard giving it a top speed of 30 knots in flat water. It carries a crew of 3. The fully inflatable hull, with minimal draft, makes it ideal for reaching casualties in shallower and more remote parts of both rivers.

Our boathouses

Our 2 floating boathouses based at Burnham Yacht Harbour are among only 3 such RNLI installations in the UK, so we are particularly proud of them. They enable us to keep our boats clear of the water, but ready for immediate service at all states of tide.

Our first floating boathouse, to house what was then our Atlantic 21 was commissioned in 1996. A second floating boathouse for our D Class ILB was completed in July 2002.


Our volunteers

When the station first became operational in 1966, we had just 4 volunteers. That number has now grown to 27.

Our volunteers range in age from 17 to 67, and come from all walks of life. We number amongst our volunteers policemen, local shopkeepers and teachers, many of whom didn’t have a connection with the sea before they started. However they all have a common purpose in volunteering their time to help save lives, and a shared level of training and professionalism, to ensure that they are properly equipped to do so.

Click here to read about our Volunteers.

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We never stop fundraising, so we’re always grateful to accept donations. However much you are able to give would be received with thanks and appreciation.

If you would like to make a donation, please email our Treasurer using treasurer@burnham-rnli.org or contact us using the details on the Contact Page. We would be pleased to discuss with you the different ways in which you can donate, and how to do so tax effectively.

We are always happy to hear from prospective volunteers, whether as fundraisers, shore crew or seagoing crew members.

For shore crew or seagoing crew members, you need to be located within 5 minutes of the lifeboat station and able to give a few days and evenings a month to training. You’ll also need to be able to commit to being available on call. For seagoing crew members, you need to be between the age of 18 and 49 on application, and be able to pass the RNLI’s medical.

If you you’d like to volunteer and meet these criteria, please get in touch with us by using any of the options on the Contact Page. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Our history

Burnham on Crouch RNLI’s history dates back to 1966, when a station with a D Class lifeboat was opened. The boathouse was in what is now the dinghy park of the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club.

Initially only operational during the sailing season, it became an all year station in 1987.

A review of the type and frequency of services of lifeboats on the East Coast showed that since 1989 the 16-foot D class was being tasked to assist boats in trouble in the approaches to the river (beyond Shore Ends) more and more frequently and also that some 55 – 60% of ‘shouts’ were taking place after dark. As a result, it was decided that, subject to finding a suitable site, an Atlantic 75 lifeboat should be stationed in Burnham from 1996.

Having outgrown the station at the eastern end of the town and needing space for the new Atlantic 75, the present station was built at the western end of the town in the new marina. At the same time, the first our our two floating boathouses was built and installed at our current home in Burnham yacht Harbour to house what was at that time an Atlantic 21.  A second floating boathouse was built and installed in 2002, to house our D Class ILB.  These floating boathouses became operational in late 1996, along with a shoreside admin, workshop and training centre, which was funded entirely by local donations.

This arrangement of 2 boats, 2 floating boathouses and the shoreside admin, workshop and training centre is what we have today.

When we first became operational in 1966, we had just 4 volunteers. That number has now grown to 20, with a regular training programme, both offsite and at RNLI HQ in Poole, supported by regular input from the RNLI’s regional staff.

Since becoming operational in 1966, Burnham on Crouch RNLI has saved 43 lives and rescued 931 casualties.


Our funding

Our livesaving work is funded entirely by donations, both centrally, through the RNLI’s national fundraising work, and through local donations which enable us to save lives and to go to the assistance of vessels and people in distress. Everything from our boats, to safety clothing for crew and crew training is paid for by these donations; everything that is, except for the time of our volunteers, which they give for nothing.

We are indebted to the benefactors who have funded the lifeboats, past and present, that have been based at the station. In particular, we would like to acknowledge the remarkable generosity of David and Barbara Chapman who have funded 3 successive D Class inshore lifeboats, the most recent of these is the ‘Ernest & Rose Chapman II’, which arrived on station in February 2007. We would also like to acknowledge the generous bequest of Mr Geoffrey Brian Britt which together with a generous gift from Patricia Britt funded our Atlantic 85  B849, the ‘Tony & Robert Britt’, which arrived on station in August 2011.

The work of the Burnham RNLI Guild in fundraising is invaluable to us. Their members tirelessly run fundraising events for the station, ranging from our traditional RNLI carol service at St Mary’s each year to jazz concerts and garden parties. In total, the Guild raised over £30,733 for the station and for the RNLI in general in 2014, for which we are very grateful.


Our boats

Burnham on Crouch RNLI currently operates 2 lifeboats, one being an Atlantic 85, the ‘Tony & Robert Britt’ which arrived on station in August 2011 and the other a D Class IB1, the ‘Ernest & Rose Chapman II’ which arrived on station in February 2007.

The Atlantic 85 is powered by twin 115HP outboard engines, giving it a top speed of 35 knots and an endurance of over 4 hours. It carries a crew of 4. The deep V hull combined with the inflatable tubes around the hull and a water ballast system make the Atlantic 85 a highly capable sea keeping craft able to withstand much worse weather and sea conditions than the D Class inshore lifeboat. In addition, it has a full self righting capability. The Atlantic 85 has a sophisticated navigation and communications system, including DSC VHF, radar, GPS, chart plotter and RDF. These are invaluable in helping to locate and assist casualties, even in poor visibility.

The D Class ILB is 5 meters in length and is powered by a single 50HP petrol outboard giving it a top speed of 30 knots in flat water. It carries a crew of 3. The fully inflatable hull, with minimal draft, makes it ideal for reaching casualties in shallower and more remote parts of both rivers.

Our boathouses

Our 2 floating boathouses based at Burnham Yacht Harbour are among only 3 such RNLI installations in the UK, so we are particularly proud of them. They enable us to keep our boats clear of the water, but ready for immediate service at all states of tide.

Our first floating boathouse, to house what was then our Atlantic 21 was commissioned in 1996. A second floating boathouse for our D Class ILB was completed in July 2002.


Our volunteers

When the station first became operational in 1966, we had just 4 volunteers. That number has now grown to 27. Our volunteers range in age from 17 to 67, and come from all walks of life. We number amongst our volunteers policemen, local shopkeepers and teachers, many of whom didn’t have a connection with the sea before they started. However they all have a common purpose in volunteering their time to help save lives, and a shared level of training and professionalism, to ensure that they are properly equipped to do so.

Click here to learn about Volunteering.

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We never stop fundraising, so we’re always grateful to accept donations. However much you are able to give would be received with thanks and appreciation.

If you would like to make a donation, please email our Treasurer using treasurer@burnham-rnli.org or contact us using the details on the Contact Page. We would be pleased to discuss with you the different ways in which you can donate, and how to do so tax effectively.

We are always happy to hear from prospective volunteers, whether as fundraisers, shore crew or seagoing crew members.

For shore crew or seagoing crew members, you need to be located within 5 minutes of the lifeboat station and able to give a few days and evenings a month to training. You’ll also need to be able to commit to being available on call. For seagoing crew members, you need to be between the age of 18 and 49 on application, and be able to pass the RNLI’s medical.

If you you’d like to volunteer and meet these criteria, please get in touch with us by using any of the options on the Contact Page. We look forward to hearing from you.

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