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Burry Port Lifeboat Station opened in 1887 after moving twice in the previous 30 years. The station was allocated a 32-foot-long (9.8 m), 10-oar lifeboat named Stanton Meyrick of Pimlico which operated until 1886, when the boathouse was also abandoned due to operational issues in launching and recovering at that site.

The boathouse was built on the eastern side of Burry Port Harbour in 1887 to replace it, and up until the station closed in 1914 operated three different lifeboats, all named David Barclay of Tottenham, and saved a total of 34 lives.

In 1973, due to an increase in drowning incidents in Carmarthen Bay, the RNLI decided to reopen the station and allocate it a D class lifeboat. 

In 2002 a Coast review acknowledged the need for a larger craft to compliment the existing D class lifeboat and decided that a B class Atlantic 75 lifeboat would also be stationed here.  

Following the delivery of the Atlantic 75 in 2010, which was housed in a temporary building, the dire need for a new boathouse to accommodate both boats under one roof was identified.

It would also offer, better volunteer facilities, increased capacity for school and group visits, a visitor experience with a shop and would be easier to manage. It would also be large enough to house a new Atlantic 85, a larger and more capable boat than the existing Atlantic 75.

Plans were drawn up and in Sept 2019 the new facility was officially opened and the new Atlantic 85 commissioned.


Our Area and Neighbours

The Boathouse situated in the heart of the Burry Estuary, covering a large area of the Burry Inlet and the Loughor Estuary, along Cefn Sidan Beach at Pembrey, and as far as the western tip on the Gwendraeth Estuary.

Pwll to Llanelli Beach in the eastern sector, and the north side of the Gower Peninsula, including Whitford , Llangennith, Burry Holmes and around the corner along Rhossili Beach to Worm's Head.

Our RNLI neighbours are Horton ILB on the south Gower, Tenby Lifeboat and ILB to the west, and the RNLI Lifeguards who cover Cefn Sidan, Pembrey Beach during the summer months.

We have the Loughor Inshore Rescue Boat based at Loughor to our east, and the St John's IRB at Ferryside to our west.


Notorious 'hotspots' in our patch are:-
  • The sandbanks in the Pembrey Old Harbour

  • the sandbanks off Llanelli Beach and Machynys
    • The rocky outcrop around the Whitford Lighthouse
    • The causeway and area around Burry Holmes

    The whole area is subjected to the very high tidal surges that feed the estuary, one of the highest tidal rises and falls in the British Isles, and was the main reason why Burry Port RNLI is one of the busiest RNLI stations in Wales.

    Our Area and Neighbours

    The Boathouse situated in the heart of the Burry Estuary, covering a large area of the Burry Inlet and the Loughor Estuary, along Cefn Sidan Beach at Pembrey, and as far as the western tip on the Gwendraeth Estuary.

    Pwll to Llanelli Beach in the eastern sector, and the north side of the Gower Peninsula, including Whitford , Llangennith, Burry Holmes and around the corner along Rhossili Beach to Worm's Head.

    Our RNLI neighbours are Horton ILB on the south Gower, Tenby Lifeboat and ILB to the west, and the RNLI Lifeguards who cover Cefn Sidan, Pembrey Beach during the summer months.

    We have the Loughor Inshore Rescue Boat based at Loughor to our east, and the St John's IRB at Ferryside to our west.


    Notorious 'hotspots' in our patch are:-
    • The sandbanks in the Pembrey Old Harbour

    • the sandbanks off Llanelli Beach and Machynys
    • The rocky outcrop around the Whitford Lighthouse
    • The causeway and area around Burry Holmes

    The whole area is subjected to the very high tidal surges that feed the estuary, one of the highest tidal rises and falls in the British Isles, and was the main reason why Burry Port RNLI is one of the busiest RNLI stations in Wales.