Borth RNLI Lifeboat Station

2014, September 7 - Rescue man from capsized Dinghy.

Borth RNLI Lifeboat called to help a capsized dinghy, with one person in the water. The man had sailed from Borth and headed south towards Aberwennol. He had spent the afternoon sailing in the area. He was caught out by a sudden gust and capsized in a remote area under cliffs, giving him no beach to escape to. Thus he fired off some flares to attract help. His flares were spotted by a cliff walker who called HM Coastguard on '999'. The Coastguard called out Borth lifeboat which quickly picked up the casualty. Despite being in the water for over 30 minutes the casualty was unharmed, although very cold. The lifeboat towed the boat back to Borth. The casualty was taken home by his wife so that he could shower and change, but he soon returned to the station to express his thanks to the volunteer crew that came to his rescue. Crew was Martyn Davies, Rhys Gardiner, Dunc Dunkley and Derek Nixon.

Borth RNLI lifeboat crew towing a dinghy.

2014, August 14 - People cut-off on sandbank at Ynyslas.

Lifeboat called out to reports of a people cut-off on a sandbank at Ynyslas. The lifeboat crew made their way to Ynyslas in a moderate sea, but by the time they got there the people had made their way safely to shore so the lifeboat was stood down. Crew was Pete, Amos and Rhys.

2014, August 13 - Horse and rider stuck in Mud.

Lifeboat called out to reports of a horse stuck in mud in the mouth of the river Leri. The horse had bolted and ran into the River Leri, becoming stuck in mud, so the owner followed the horse into the river. HM Coastguard were called out and Milford Haven paged the lifeboat. As the lifeboat was about to launch the Coastguard reported that the horse had been extricated so the lifeboat was stood down. Crew was Pete, Emma, Freddie and Gavin.

2014, August 5 - Two Swimmers in difficulty.

Lifeboat called out to reports of two people in the water off Ynyslas. The people had managed to return to the beach after the lifeboat launched but before they arrived on scene. All safe and well so the lifeboat was stood down and returned to station. Crew was Amos, Martyn and Dunk. Derek on the tractor.

2014, July 23 - Inflatables blown off-shore.

Borth RNLI lifeboat crew recovering an inflatable.

Borth lifeboat launched to reports of inflatable drifting out to sea. The lifeboat recovered an empty inflatable whilst the local HM Coastguard unit ensured that no persons were missing from the beach. The lifeboat continued to search until HM Coastguard confirmed.

Lifeboat was then tasked to another rubber inflatable drifting out to sea, as they were just about to be recovered. A little girl was stung by a jelly fish, so she left her rubber ring and ran to her mum on the beach. The lifeboat recovered the empty inflatable.

These incidents illustrate how dangerous inflatables can be when the wind is blowing out to sea. This is known as an 'off-shore' wind.

2014, July 14 - Missing Surfer.

Aberystwyth and Borth lifeboats were asked by HM Coastguard to assist in a search for a surfer reported in difficulty. The surfer was spotted from the Glengower and Aberystwyth lifeboat was tasked to search for him. Borth was called later as he was not found in the initial search.

HM Coastguard stood the lifeboats down after the lifeboats completed a full search in difficult conditions with poor visability.

The surfer reported is believed to be a local surfer who regularly paddle boards from Aberystwyth to Borth. He was spoken to on the beach at Borth, where his father was waiting for him.

2014, June 8 - Missing man at Wallog.

A man reported missing was found safe and well after a search by Aberystwyth Coastguard, Aberystwyth and Borth RNLI lifeboats, Dyfed-Powys Police and the Police Helicopter. The RNLI lifeboats were diverted from exercise to take part in the search.

The man was found by Borth lifeboat on the beach just north of Wallog. Members of the lifeboat crew spoke to him and escorted him back to Wallog where they were met by the Police and members of the Coastguard team.

2014, May 18 - Dinghy in trouble off Ynyslas.

At 3:30pm the lifeboat was called out to reports of a dinghy in trouble off Ynyslas. The boat had just launched when it was stood down as the dinghy was safely ashore. Crew was Tim, Amos and Bean.

2014, May 16 - Jet skiers separated from craft.

The lifeboat was called out at 9pm to reports of a lost jest ski. The people on the Jetski had crashed and became separated from their vessel in the Dyfi Estuary. They made their way to shore and were met by the local HM Coastguard team, who confirmed that everyone was safe. The lifeboat continued the search until they found the drifting Jetski and recovered it back to the Ynyslas Boatyard. Crew was Tim, Martyn, Gavin and Simon.

2014, April 27 - 'Pan Pan' transmission.

RNLI Borth and Aberystwyth Lifeboats were asked by HM Coastguard to investigate of a 'pan pan' message being transmitted in the area. The 'pan pan' was detected on the Borth lifeboat at 10:30 am, whilst they were out on exercise, and also picked up by the HM Coastguard rescue coordination centre. After an extensive search of the area nothing was found and the lifeboats were stood down.

2014, April 17 - Man and his dog cut-off by the tide.

Borth and Aberystwyth RNLI Lifeboats were called out this evening at 9:30 to a report of a man and his dog cut-off by the tide. The boats had just launched when the HM Coastguard at Milford Haven called to say that the casualties were safe, so the boats were stood down and told to return to station.

2014, March 23 - Jet skiers stuck on a sand bank.

Borth and Aberdyfi lifeboats launched on service to Jet skiers stuck on a sand bank in the Dyfi estuary. The Jet skiers got themselves off the bank, so the lifeboats were stood down.

2014, March 15 - Called to report of two people stuck on cliffs.

Borth ILB launched on service just before 6pm to reports of two people stuck on a cliff near Constitution Hill. Borth ILB and the two Aberystwyth IL B's were asked to stand by while HM Coast Guard cliff rescue team attempted to recover the two casualties and it was decided the safest way to rescue them was with the assistance of RAF Rescue Helicopter 122. Both casualties were winched to safety by the helicopter and were handed over to Coast Guard cold but unharmed. Borth and Aberystwyth IL B's were stood down and returned to station. Borth ILB crew were Tim, Rhys and Freddie. Well done to all the rescue crews involved a job well done!!

2014, March 9 - Inflatable boat, with two people on board, with engine problems.

Borth ILB launched to an inflatable boat, with two people on board, with engine problems just past Borth reef. With the tide coming in the decision was made to tow the boat and its occupants in to Borth beach. This was carried out successfully and boat and casualties were safe and well. Crew was Martyn Davies (helm) Rhys Gardner and Rob Clark. Well done all.

2014, February 27 - Called to rescue two people trapped on cliffs.

Borth inshore lifeboat (ILB) launched on service at 4:44pm to rescue two people trapped on cliffs by a rising tide near Clarach. Borth ILB made a beach landing in a tight spot and rough seas, picked up the two casualties then transferred them to Aberystwyth lifeboat who were waiting nearby to transfer them back to Aberystwyth harbour. The Borth Crew were Pete Davies (Helm), Anwen Davies and Tim Ellis-Clark. Job well done everyone!

2014, February 20 - Called to assist in the search for a missing person

Borth ILB launched on service at 19:00hrs to assist in the search for a missing person near Constitution Hill. Person found safe by police and ILB stood down before going to sea.

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Borth RNLI Boathouse 2007

The RNLI is the charity that provides a 24-hour lifesaving service around the UK and Republic of Ireland. Our volunteer crews give up their time and comfort to carry out rescues in difficult and often dangerous conditions.

There has been an RNLI lifeboat station at Borth since 1966; read the History of Borth lifeboat station and Station Honours. You can visit Borth lifeboat station most days when the shop is open (see below), and ask to be shown around. The crew trains every Sunday between 10-00 and 12-00, and we welcome visitors and prospective volunteers.

Your support is vital in training and equipping our volunteer lifesaving crews. If you want to support us, either by becoming a crew member, a support officer, working in the RNLI Shop, or by making a donation locally please contact us, email or follow us on Social Media.


Volunteering at Borth Lifeboat Station

Borth RNLI D-Class lifeboat D-622 launching through waves

If you are aged betwee 17 and 40 you can join the Borth volunteer crew (17 year olds need parental consent) subject to a medical. If you are not yet 17 why not get in touch and we can explain what is required and ensure that you are ready to take up this interesting challenge when you come of age.

Being part of an RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew is a major commitment, where Borth RNLI lifeboat volunteer crew members may have to risk their lives to save people in peril. The commitment isn't only measured in the time spent involved in rescues; new equipment and boats mean that regular training programmes also account for much of their spare time.

To become a Borth RNLI Volunteer Crew Member, simply email or come to the lifeboat station between 10am and 12 noon on any Sunday and ask to see Ronnie.

RNLI Volunteers are also required to help fundraising and organise events to support the work of our volunteer lifeboat crews. If you are able to help please email

Borth RNLI Shop - Lifesaving Shopping

Borth RNLI Lifeboat and RNLI Lifeguards working together

The Borth RNLI Shop is run by volunteers and thus does not have set opening times but it is open most days during the summer months. If the Borth RNLI shop is not open when you visit, there is a notice in the window next to the shop telling when it will be open next.

If you have a short time available and require some articles from the shop just ring Brenda on 07855 523433 and she will come down to open the shop for you.

The Borth RNLI shop carries a range of gift ideas, toys, clothing, products for the home, garden and much more.

As the RNLI shop is manned by volunteers 100% of profit goes directly towards our vital life saving work.

Supporting the RNLI whilst shopping with Amazon couldn't be easier. If you use this link to complete your purchase Amazon will donate a minimum of 5% of the value of your order to the RNLI.

Borth RNLI Lifeguards

The RNLI provides Lifeguards in Borth for the summer season. The RNLI Lifeguards patrol the area of the beach near the lifeboat station. Their presence makes a significant difference to the safety of users of Borth beach.

In 2013 the RNLI Lifeguards will be patrolling Borth Beach from 7 July until 2 September.

RNLI Shorething

The RNLI's site for young people is crammed full of activities and games.

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If you send us any videos or photographs which you have of the Borth inshore lifeboat or lifeguards we will post them in our videos and photo gallery. It would be nice if you could provide a story and dates to go with any that you send.

Weather and Tides

The safety of seafarers is at the core of everything we do so to help Borth water users we have linked in a page of Borth Tide Tables and Weather Forecasts. Please check these before you launch, but always be aware of the conditions as you see them as forecasts can be wrong.

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