Dover's lifeboat covers what is probably the busiest stretch of water around the UK coast. The lifeboat responds not only to incidents in the channel but may also be requested by HM Coastguard to attend emergencies that happen on the shoreline.


Over the last twenty five years Dover lifeboat has received an average of 40 call outs per year.


Use the links below to access details of service calls from 2000 onwards or here for those in the current year.


2000 2001 2002
2003 2004 2005
2006 2007 2008
2009 2010 2011


The graphs below shows the number of service and standby calls Dover lifeboat and crew have responded to since 1982.

Total call outs 1982 - 2010

Service calls and standbys 2000 - 2010


Whilst no two service calls are ever the same, some for various reasons become more Notable and some of these are described here.


Recent callouts:


Recovery of human remains on behalf of Kent Police and the Coroner.


Person cut off by the tide at Langdon Bay, further investigation using the Y Boat, False Alarm good intent


A person fallen from cliffs was assisted by the lifeboat crew as well as Kent Air Ambulance, a RAF Helicopter and HM Coastguard.


Angling boat believed in difficulties. False alarm good intent.


Person believed at risk in Folkestone area. Searched with Littlestone Lifeboat - Nothing found.

Dover - Weather

  • 6 Mar 2012

    Partly Cloudy 6°C 3°C

  • 7 Mar 2012

    Rain/Wind 9°C 3°C



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