Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat

Registered Charity Number 286891







We are proud to be an independent lifeboat based in Pett Level, serving the coastline and inland waters between Hastings and Rye in East Sussex.

We are entirely self-funded, managed and operated by a team of dedicated and talented voluneteers.

PLIRB is a member of the National Institute of Lifeboats Association.

Our journey

Founded in 1970, PLIRB serves the local coastline and inland waters between Hastings and Rye.

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 …


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!

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.


Community Support Brings an Extra Open Day Donation

Community Support Brings an Extra Open Day Donation

Open Day 22 also came with an extra visitor - local business man Darren McCarthy - with an extra boost to our FUNdraising efforts!  Darren came down to enjoy our 2022 Open Day fundraiser event , but made it extra enjoyable for us by presenting our charity with a...

PLIRB Charity Open Day 2022

PLIRB Charity Open Day 2022

After losing two Open Days to lockdown, Open Day 2021 was an amazing success, so we didn't dare hope that our 2022 Charity Open Day would even come close to matching it. But the sun was shining (literally after the rain) and we're pleased to share that thanks to our...

“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?