Welcome to the Burnham-on-Sea Lifeboat Station website. This site is maintained by lifeboat station personnel and as such is the official Burnham-on-Sea RNLI website. Within these pages you will find station history and indicative operational information, detailing the service provided to those who spend time on the water off of the Somerset coast, from Watchet to Brean Down.

Our station at Burnham-On-Sea has only been operational since December 23rd 2003 and is crewed by a highly trained, efficient and enthusiastic bunch of men and women, supported in the background by admin staff, station supporters, shop staff, fundraisers and many others.

Through the dedication and training of around 30 volunteer boat crew, shore crew and officers at Burnham-On-Sea, our role is to 'Save Lives at Sea'. Please do not forget that our life saving activities are only possible because of voluntary contributions. Please support the RNLI.

December Planned Launches

Wednesday 3rd - 4.pm & - 5.pm

Wednesday 10th - 7.30pm

Sunday 14th 9am

Sunday 28th 9am 




                          News Headlines

Burnham-on-Sea RNLI crew member shows a steady pair of hands delivering his baby.

Matt Edwards remained calm and in control when he unexpectedly had to deliver his daughter on Tuesday 9 December.

Matt's partner Abbey experienced some pains 4 days before their baby was due. As a first time father, Matt sought advice and was advised to call for an ambulance. His daughter however had other ideas, and Matt found himself delivering her at home; all within 10 minutes. Matt said tongue in cheek; 'As a wicket keeper I have a good pair of hands.'

As an RNLI volunteer crew member Matt is trained to cope with pressure situations but midwifery skills are not part of the training. Everyone at station is pleased that things went smoothly and are not surprised that Matt coped so well.

In fact, this week he has been given the lifeboat operations manager's (LOM) award. The person who is given this award is chosen by the LOM for their outstanding work over the past year.

Lifeboat operations manager, Matt Davies says; 'I chose Matthew for this award as he is an excellent hard working member of the lifeboat crew at Burnham. He has made huge strides in the 3 years since he joined us having no sea going experience at all and has recently passed out as a fully competent crew member having completed all his probationary training units. He has also agreed to move on to become a probationary helmsman showing his future commitment to the RNLI.'

We would like to take this opportunity to wish Matt, his family and all our supporters a merry Christmas & happy New Year.


Burnham-on-Sea lifeboat station was presented with a donation this week. Mrs Marion Denham presented a cheque for £5000 in memory of her sister Mrs Peggy Dunn.

Deputy Launch Authority, Phil Counsell accepted this very generous donation on behalf of the station.


Our training this Wednesday 17th, will be shore based. Our PR manager and press officer are visiting from HQ. They will be providing the crew with social media training.


New Deputy Launch Authority (DLA) announced.

Lyndon Baker has now been appointed as a DLA. His previous role of Lifeboat Training Coordinator (LTC) will now be filled by Ashley Chappell.

Our thanks go to Lyndon for all he has done so far and we wish them both well in their new roles.



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Burnham-on-Sea RNLI lifeboats launched to assist an aground yacht at Combwich with 2 persons on board



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