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LIFEBOAT STATIONS AROUND THE COAST OF CORNWALL AND THE ISLES OF SCILLY

 
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BUDE
Bude Lifeboat Station
Bude Lifeboat Station Photograph by Pierre Terre
 
The first lifeboat station at Bude was established in 1837. The RNLI took over the station in 1853. This station closed in 1923 when a motorised lifeboat was stationed at Padstow.
In May 1966 a D Class inshore lifeboat was stationed at Lock Head, Bude. In 1987 the lifeboat was replaced by a new D Class (D434). In 1996 this was later replaced by another new D Class lifeboat (D945 - named Elsie Frances II) donated by Mr Stuart Underdown in memory of his mother.
In 2002 a new lifeboat station was built at Summerleaze beach to house the lifeboat, carriage and launching tractor. This also provided new crew facilities and a souvenir shop. The official opening on 11th July 2004 was by Phil Vickery MBE, England international rugby player.

D Class Lifeboat

The Elsie Frances II was transfered to Burnham On Sea in 2004. It was replaced by the D class lifeboat - D617 named Henry Philip, again donated by Stuart Underdown.

On 8th May 2013 the Henry Philip, which had been launched 69 times and rescued 29 people, was replaced by another D class lifeboat - D756 named George Bird in memory of the husband of the donor, Mrs Patricia Bird from Kent.

Bude Lifeboat Station website.




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