Since 1865 the following Medals and Awards have been presented to Hayling Island Lifeboat crew.

Silver Medals 7

Bronze Medals 3

Thanks on Vellum 6

Framed Letter of Thanks 4

Ralph Glister Award 4

Walter & Elizabeth Groombridge Award 2

 

The station opened in 1865 on representations of the Rector, the Rev Charles Hardy and others that a number of wrecks occurred in the vicinity.

 

  • 1862 Silver Medals were awarded to William Goldring, James Spraggs and David Farmer for a service on 17 October 1862. When the Portsmouth Sloop Cygnet sank on the Woolsiner Sandbank her crew of three men were seen clinging to her rigging with sea washing over them. The sloop had become unmanageable after encountering a heavy gale, and striking a shoal, was overwhelmed by heavy waves and began to break up. After an unsuccessful attempt to reach the casualty in his smack Captain Goldring launched her skiff and together with two crew rescued the three men who had been marooned for over five hours.


  • A Silver Medal was awarded to Major F W Festing of the Royal Marine Artillery, in admiration of his intrepid conduct in putting off in an open boat with 12 fishermen and rescuing three of the crew of the schooner Ocean which was wrecked during gale force winds on the Woolsiner Shoal near Hayling Island on 14 January 1865.


  • 1978 Framed Letters of Thanks signed by the Chairman of the Institution were awarded to Helmsman Paddy Lamperd, the Honorary Medical Adviser, Dr Richard Newman and crew members Frank Dunster and Brian Quinton in recognition of the service carried out by them when the inshore lifeboat rescued a man and his son from the cabin cruiser Tomey Too on 3 January 1978.

 

  • 1981 A Bronze Medal was awarded to Helmsman Frank Dunster in recognition of his courage and seamanship when the lifeboat rescued the crew of four from the yacht Fitz’s Flyer in a south-westerley gale and a rough sea on 14 December 1981. Two attempts to take the lifeboat alongside the yacht’s port and lee sides were unsuccessful due to large seas. On the third attempt, two crew were rescued and it took four more attempts to snatch a third man. A further run was made to pick up the yacht’s skipper. Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum accorded to crew members Trevor Pearce and Graham Wickham. The Ralph Glister Award was also awarded for this service.

 

  • 1982 A Silver Medal was awarded to crew member Roderick James and a Bronze Second-Service Clasp was awarded to Helmsman Frank Dunster for services on 19 September 1981. In a south-easterly near gale a teenage boy was seen clinging to the post of a groyne 20 yards out to sea with very rough confused seas breaking over him. Two attempts to rescue the boy by shore helpers and four attempts by the lifeboat was unsuccessful. Then when the lifeboat came to within 30ft and the exhausted boy let go and disappeared Roderick James entered the water, grabbed him and made for the shore where the shore crew were there to help them. Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum were accorded to crew member Graham Raines and shore crew Trevor Pearce and Nigel Roper. The Ralph Glister Award was also awarded for this service.

 

  • 1987 The Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum were accorded to crew member David Sigournay in recognition of the seamanship displayed by him in his expert handling of a strange and unreliable craft which he boarded from the lifeboat and brought safely in to the harbour with the injured occupant in broaching conditions on 7 December 1986.

 

  • 1988 A Framed Letter of Appreciation signed by the Chairman of the Institution was awarded to Helmsman Roderick James and to Helmsman Frank Dunster in recognition of the service on 24 September when nine people were rescued from the 41ft ketch Seaway Endeavour which was in difficulties in rough breaking seas on the East Pole Sands. Helmsman Frank Dunster rescued five people with his own boat Hayling Rescue and the Atlantic 21 class lifeboat Aldershot rescued the remaining four people. Crew members of both the lifeboat and the shore crew were sent letters of thanks signed by the Chief of Operations.

 

  • 1989 A Bronze Medal was awarded to crew member Graham Raines in recognition of the courage and determination displayed by him when the lifeboat assisted in the rescue of one of the crew on the yacht Dingaling near Chichester Bar in a south-westerly gale and very rough seas on 9 October 1988. In addition the Thanks of the Institution in scribed on Vellum were accorded to Helmsman Frank Dunster and crew member Roderick James for their skill and determination during the service. The Ralph Glister Award and the newly instituted Walter Groombridge Award for the best Atlantic 21 class lifeboat rescue of the previous year, were awarded to Helmsman Frank Dunster, crew members Graham Raines and Roderick James, for the above service.

 

  • 1993 A Second-Service Clasp to the Silver Medal was awarded to Helmsman Roderick James, and a Silver Medal to Frank Dunster, helmsman of the rigid inflatable Hayling Rescue  and Thanks of the Institution inscribed on Vellum were accorded to crew members Christopher Reed, Warren Hayles, Evan Lamperd and Damien Taylor and A Framed Letter of Thanks signed by the Institution to crew member Richard Mumford for rescuing nine of the seventeen crew of the yacht Donald Searle which was in difficulties at the edge of the East Pole Sands in a strong  gale, very rough seas and a heavy swell on 25 October 1992. The Ralph Glister  Award and the Walter and Elizabeth Groombridge Award were awarded to Helmsman Roderick James and crew members Warren Hayles and Chris Reed for this service.

 

  • 2001 A Framed letter of Thanks signed by the chairman of the Institution was awarded to Helmsman Graham Raines and crew member Evan Lamperd for the rescue of a man and a woman from a RIB aground on the West Pole Sands. The service was conducted at night amidst breaking waves on the shallow sands. The other two crew members Darren Dancer and Ian Harris received Letters of Appreciation signed by the Chief Executive of the Institution.

 

  • 2003 RNLI Statuette awarded to Nigel Roper, Lifeboat Operations Manager

 

  •  2004 Graham Raines appointed MBE, presented by HM The Queen in November

 

  •  2007 Hayling Island Lifeboat Station awarded “Freedom of the Harbour” by Chichester Harbour Conservancy
  • 2007 RNLI Statuette awarded to Peter Glasby, Chairman of the Lifeboat Management Group
  • 2007 A Letter of Thanks from the Director of Operations awarded to Ian Fiddaman, Helm, and a Collective Letter of Thanks to crew members; Peter Hanscombe, Bob Hoskins & Gemma McIntyre, for their part in a difficult and successful rescue in November 2006.
  • 2009 RNLI Statuette awarded to Ron Caldicot, Deputy Launching Authority
  • 2010 A framed letter of Thanks awarded to Helmsman Peter Hanscombe, and a Letter of Thanks to crew members; Jamie Stickler, Bob Hoskins & Jasper Graham-Jones, for their part in a difficult and successful rescue in March 2010.

Service Numbers 2017

Total Launches: 41
Atlantic 85: 30
D-Class: 21

Services Totals

2015 - 67
2014 -77
2013 - 86
2012 - 77

Tide Times

Tide Times & Heights for Chichester Harbour (Entrance) on Friday, 24 November 2017
High Tide: 02:31 ( 4.30m )
Low Tide: 07:41 ( 1.70m )
High Tide: 14:37 ( 4.20m )
Low Tide: 20:02 ( 1.60m )

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