News & Events

The latest training, social and other events organised by the station and its supporters.

Battle of Britan Bomber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walmer lifeboat crew past and present are celebrating the 50th anniversary of D class lifeboats arriving at Walmer.

We are pleased to announce that copies of a book celebrating the 50 years are available NOW from Walmer lifeboat station shop or Les Coe most afternoons for £2.

Walmer was the second station to be supplied with an RNLI inshore lifeboat. This and other interesting facts and accounts of service calls are recounted in a 30-page booklet written by volunteer crew member Colin Varrall.

All of the proceeds from the book sale will be used to cover printing costs and any additional contributions will be donated to the RNLI.

 


Walmer RNLI lifeboat called to kayaker in trouble 02/07/2014

The volunteer crew of Walmer’s RNLI inshore lifeboat were called to reports of a kayaker this morning (Wednesday 2 July) who was clinging to the Goodwin Fork Buoy.

Walmer inshore lifeboat crew were paged by Dover Coastguards at 7.29am after a passing yacht (Mycroft) had contacted them to say that they had spotted a person clinging to the Goodwin Fork Buoy. The buoy is situated approximately 2.5 miles North East of Walmer lifeboat station.

Walmer’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Donald Mclauchlan was launched and quickly arrived on scene. The skipper of the yacht had been able to get the woman aboard his vessel and waited for the lifeboat crew to arrive.

On reaching the yacht the lifeboat crew transferred the casualty, a 50 year old woman, on board and made their way back to Walmer lifeboat station. Once onshore the woman was treated for mild hypothermia by RNLI casualty care trained crew.

 

Walmer Open Day 2014 - 21st June

Starting at 10 a.m.it will finish with a lifeboat display afterwards at 2 p.m.

 

Dornier Do 17 WWII Bomber

The Goodwin Sands has given up a World War II Luftwaffe Bomber. Found by Divers some years ago, a salvage team have been taking some initial steps to stablize the aircraft before lifting it from the sea onto a barge. Walmer lifeboat crew, spoke to the crew of the barge at the weekend and were given a quick explanation of what's happening beneath the waves and a look at sonar data from the site. The operation should take about 30 days to complete.

Article by Dave Mitchell. 11th May 2013

 

28 Shouts in 2012

 

Not as busy as the record breaking year of 2012 (37), or 2008 when 29 launches by September were recorded, but we have experienced a high turn over of services this year with almost three months to go. Some years Walmer has a very quiet autumn with no calls at all from September to April the following year. Generally a few incidents will present themselves so the personnel at Walmer will exercise throughout the autumn and winter at the same tempo as we would during the summer. If you would like to review the types of services we do take a look at our launches section Read More..... At the bottom of the Launches page you can review previous years and there are some linked accounts about some of the more interesting jobs we have been called on to do.

If you would like to visit us in a group, there is a small article lower down this page, alternatively, the Station shop is open right through to the last weekend before Christmas. Read more....

 

Deal Classic car and Motor Show

The event was a huge success with over 350 cars and bikes on show. It is believed that nearly 10,000 visitors attended. Cars and bikes of all shapes, sizes and age where exhibited. The event took place in Saturday the 26th May.

Walmer Lifeboat crew and the Walmer and Deal RNLI fund raising branch would like to thank everyone who came and visited and to all of the exhibitors who brought their vehicles down for the day. And a special thanksis extended to all the non RNLI marshals who helped run the event. Chris West and Sam Cuplin provided the driving force behind the show and it has to be one of the top attractions on Walmer Green this year.

The lifeboat station shop had record takings for a single day and donations to the RNLI are estimated at over £3000 via collections out on the green and via the Win a Car event. Unfortunately, no one won that car, but it was a fun way of donating to the RNLI and there were a couple of people who managed to role 4 sixes out of 7!

The organisers were so pleased with the support from the public that there is talk of holding another event next year.

 

2011 was busy at Walmer

So busy in fact that that no one at the station could recollect when we had a busier year. The concensus view from those that might know is that it was probably in the 1960's. The RNLI headquarters at Poole have a number of interesting statistics that we can share about Walmer in 2011.

Both of Walmer's lifeboats launched a combined total of 38 times in 2011, this is in comparison to previous years a major increase in launches: 16 launches in 2007 and 2010; 21 launches in 2007 and 2009; 27 in 2008. We assisted 29 people during the 38 launches in 2011 and only one of those individuals was under the age of 18 (not including the horse). Of the 38 launches, 19 were performed in the dark. The Walmer crew spent 238 hours afloat on services. To put this in perspective, that means that each of Walmer's lifeboat crew spent on average approximately 10 hours afloat on emergency calls during the year.

Walmer is part of the RNLI's South East Division and we often find that Walmer is a fairly quiet station in comparison to the 44 others that stretch from The Isle of Wight, up the Thames to Teddington and then around East Anglia to the Wash. However we were joint 28th in terms of shouts per year ranking, sharing the position with Selsey and Hastings. Both these stations have an all weather lifeboat and an inshore lifeboat and therefore can be tasked to a wider range of jobs at greater distance and in worse weather. So if we look at the statistics for Inshore lifeboats only, then Walmer's ranking jumps to 22nd in the region. This makes 2011 all the more remarkable.

Article by Dave Mitchell, crew man and website administrator.


Volunteers Needed

You don't have to be a crusty old sea dog to volunteer for the modern RNLI. If you would like to know more, please follow this link. Read More....

 

Would you like to Visit Walmer lifeboat station?

We welcome visitors to the station, including groups and can also respond to invitations for speakers to visit schools, youth groups and other organisations.

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1950's rescue article by David Chamberlain

The gallant crew of the Walmer Lifeboat would have felt slightly uncomfortable in the plush surroundings of the Royal Hotel. Although this Deal hotel was frequented by Nelson in the past, it was not the normal drinking establishment of these men. They were being honoured by the French Consul-General...... to read more

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Exercise Dates

Almost every Sunday - we launch between 0845 and 0900, so we recommend you don't be late.

 

Events 2014

To be confirmed.

Previous Articles

Sandiette Diver Rescue

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Yacht Tow, 27th December

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Sea Horse at Walmer

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Walmer Inshore RNLI Lifeboat pluck two people from the sea after dinghy capsizes

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Walmer Inshore Lifeboat Tows Disabled Yacht to Ramsgate and person in the water hanging onto a Kayak.

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Stranded at St Margaret's

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A Mayday call was received by Dover Coastguard from the 33 foot yacht, Gratitude

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Welly Walk 2011

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WALMER LIFEBOAT CALLED TO STRANDED YACHT AFTER RAFT RACE

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WALMER LIFEBOAT NIGHT CALL TO TEENAGE SWIMMERS

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Open Day 2010

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Kite Surfer in Trouble off Walmer Castle

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Welly Walk 2010

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Night time shout

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Launching straight after refueling

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Launch for 2, rescue 5

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A distinguished Visitor

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The Luray Victory and The North Eastern Victory - Guest Articles by David Chamberlain

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RNLI House to House Collection 2009

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Mr and Mrs Farley Visit

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Walmer Lifeboat rescues yacht aground on Goodwin Sands

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Bobcat arrives at Walmer

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D Class Shed Extension starts

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Long Service Awards 2009

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News Letter 2008

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Marathon Runners run for Walmer lifeboats

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A busy 24 hours for The Doris and Harry

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Relief Lifeboat D 675 "The Doris and Harry" arrives

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Tamar at Walmer! Well almost

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Chairman visits Walmer Lifeboat station

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Cheque presentation Three Valleys Water company June 2008

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Exercise March 2008

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VHF Radio Course Feb. 2008

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Naming Ceremony 2007

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