Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat


UK Charity No. 286891

We are an independent inshore rescue boat facility.

Everyone here is a volunteer.

We work in close co-operation with HM Coastguard, local emergency services,

Search and Rescue Helicopter teams at Lydd, and local RNLI services.





We operate from a custom-built boathouse in Pett level, East Sussex. Our base is home to our office, lookout / control area, our two RIB rescue boats and our launch vehicles.


Our dedicated team is made up of volunteers who give their time to help: from boat crews, shore and maintenance teams, to fundraisers and adminstration volunteers, and the Trustees and Commitee who run the charity – everyone here is a volunteer!


We are a registered, independent rescue charity (number 286891). It costs well over £10,000 a year to run our charity and all our operations rely on grants and donations from the various organisations, local businesses and members of the public who support our work.


Many of our volunteers are also involved with local schools and community groups, sharing vital awareness messages about local beach safety, drowning prevention and risk awareness. We can also give talks on the history of the Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat too!

There are ways to reduce risk and enhance the enjoyment of your beach visit.

Be #beachaware by taking a moment to find out more about our local beaches …

Hazards on the beach

The shingle shifts with every tide, revealing and hiding various hazards all along the coastline, making the area risky for swimmers, walkers, dog-walkers and water sports enthusiasts

Hazards on the beach

Whether walking, paddling, swimming or casting off in leisure craft, this type of hazard can cause injury to all beach users

Rock falls at Cliff End

Cliff End at Pett Level Beach is notorious for rock falls all year round

Rock falls at Cliff End

Never walk or sit directly under the cliff line

Fast incoming tides

The tide comes in fast, well before high tide and causes Cliff End to be cut off from the main Pett Level beach

Fast incoming tides

Our local coastline includes sandbars which the incoming tide floods in BEHIND, causing tidal cut off from main beaches, which happens very quickly

And don’t forget to check local weather conditions and tide times before you set out …

Find out more about our work and community activities …


We’re an active part of #drowningpreventionweek each year, but of course it’s also part of our work 365 days a year.

Our Gala Open Day 

Our annual Open Day is our biggest fundraiser each year. Find out more about joining in!


Since the pandemic, we’ve increased our opportunities for online fundraising & we’d appreciate your help.


The weather always impacts on our work, so we’re putting some FUN into FUNdraising with the Weather Lottery.


Sea Sunday, Safety Patrols & Missing Children at Camber

Sea Sunday, Safety Patrols & Missing Children at Camber

Another busy training session at our boathouse, which included being tasked to assist the search for missing children at Camber.  Today was a glorious day down at Pett Level and a busy day for the Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat volunteers! The day started...

Bright and Breezy Sunday Training

Bright and Breezy Sunday Training

Another glorious team training day down at Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat's boathouse! This morning we were blessed with such wonderful sunshine and a timely tide, perfect for getting both boats onto the water for scenario training ...  Both our Pulfer boat...

“You conducted yourselves in an incredibly professional manner and took ‘the lead’ in many respects.

I wanted to personally send you a short note to thank you and the team in attendance for your involvement and assistance.

My team are really appreciative and it is clear that you are providing a valuable service to the public.

Thanks again.”

Senior Officer, Home in response to PLIRB involvement in multi-agency rescue

In 2021 & 2022 Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat has been glad to receive support from …

  • Icklesham Parish Council
  • Fairlight Parish Council
  • Homewood Leisure
  • Green’s Cakes
  • Hastings Winkle Club
  • Elm Tree Boot Fairs, Icklesham
  • The Royal Oak, Pett
  • Jo Brand
  • John Jempson & Sons
  • C-Side Cafe, Pett

How can we help?