Welcome to the Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat

Welcome to the Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat

Welcome to the Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat

Welcome to the Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat

Welcome to the Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat

Welcome to the Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat

Pett Level independent rescue boat


We are an independent inshore rescue boat facility. We work in close co-operation with HM Coastguard, Search and Rescue Helicopter teams at Lydd, and the RNLI.



We operate from a custom built boat house in Pett Level, which is home to our office, look out / control area and two RIB rescue boats.

beach cleanup 2020


All our team are volunteers who give their time to help: from boat crew, shore crew and maintenance, to fund-raising, administration and the Trustees and Committee teams who run the charity.


We are a registered, independent rescue charity (number 286891). All our operations rely on donations from the public and various organisations who support our work.

Pett Beach

This is a beautiful part of the UK’s coastline.

But the sea, and the beach, can be dangerous if you are unprepared.

Click here to read more about safety at local beaches and drowning prevention

The quickest way to stay safe is to check local weather conditions and tide times before you set out …

Our Charity Open Day 2021

We’re very happy to share that our long-awaited boathouse Open Day 2021 has been an amazing success! Thanks to our volunteers, friends, their families, local businesses and a little help from the fabulous weather on the day, the day resulted in a record-breaking...

PLIRB Events and Updates for July 21

A quick update on what's been happening at out boathouse in recent weeks and what's coming up for us now that we've hit July ...  Since returning to the boathouse once restrictions started to ease in March (at least for outside activities), our volunteers have been...

Drowning Prevention

As a charity and a group of volunteers, our mission is to prevent harm along the local coastline and waterways. With prevention clearly at the heart of what we do, we're pleased to be involved with the latest Royal Life Saving Society UK's latest Drowning Prevention...

Local MP Visit & Support For Independent Rescue Boat Charities

Now that visitors are allowed (in limited numbers) down at our boathouse, we're pleased to be having visitors. Our latest, on 4th June 21, was our local Hastings and Rye MP, Sally-Ann Hart. On her last visit to our boathouse last September our problems accessing...

PLIRB Thanks Fairlight Parish and Rother Council

Everyone here at Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat is pleased to say a huge thank you to our local councils - first Fairlight Parish Council and also the wider Rother council, for recent assistance at a difficult time. To start with, after the difficulties presented...

May starts with ‘MayDays’

May has kicked off in a very busy way, as from May Day we've been tasked to launch and assist on two occasions.First SHOUT of 2021 - persons cut off by the tide On the May Day bank holiday weekend, our volunteers opened the boathouse across all three days, to provide...

Two Boats (& Lots of Volunteers) to clean the beach

Successful rubbish retrieval as Strandliners clean the beach.  A very busy time at the boathouse today, helping with the big beach clean up at the Fairlight Berm. But it's fair to say that Strandliners volunteers had already done the real work - an amazing job of...

Beach Cleaning Support for Strandliners

Lockdown has lifted just enough for us to help out a community beach cleaning project.  Yes, we're happy to share that on Sunday 9th May we'll once again be helping Strandliners CIC in a major beach cleaning project. As the main photo above shows, the volunteers at...

PLIRB Charity Events – Save The Date

A quick update on our return to the 'new normal' as restrictions start to ease and we all follow the roadmap.  Although we've stayed rescue-ready throughout all lock downs, it's certainly fair to say that now restrictions are starting to lift, our volunteers are...

PLIRB Boathouse and the New Normal

As restrictions start to ease, here's a quick update on our return to the 'new normal' at the boathouse.     Although our volunteers have been #rescueready 24/7 throughout the pandemic, our presence at the boathouse has been minimal. This has helped us to keep...

PLIRB 2022 Calendar Photo Competition Fundraiser

Remember we promised that the next Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat calendar would be a little different? Well, here’s the plan … instead of us taking our own photos for our 2022 fundraiser calendar, we’d love to invite our friends, supporters and everyone across...

Our 2021 Charity Raffle is Afloat – Thanks to Homewood Leisure

 With the pandemic continuing to keep our fundraising closed down, our volunteers are working hard to keep our self-funded charity afloat. And it's fair to say that at times like this, help from the community and local businesses to meet our £10k a year running costs...

Support Our Charity with a Movement for Good Nomination?

Lockdown or not, we're moving to that time of year again! It's no secret that this year has been a real struggle for everyone and, as a self-funded charity, we're definitely facing a challenge when it comes to staying afloat. But if our friends and supporters don't...

50p to Park Can Support A Charity, Thanks to Elm Tree Bootsale

Everyone here at Pett Level Independent Rescue Boat is pleased to say a heart-felt huge thank you to Kit and Jan McLean, of  Elm Tree Bootsale for their extremely welcome donation of £1,000 to our charity. In this awful year, it's been hard for us to fund raise in the...

Got a Pawfect Pet? Join Our Charity Photo Competition

With the pandemic closing down our community fundraising, and the ring-fence around the government's support for charities being a complete barrier to us, it's fair to say things are a bit hard going. However, we've had some brilliant help from our friends and we've...


As an independent rescue charity, we rely entirely on fundraising and donations.

You can help by becoming a regular supporter, a sponsor or by making a donation using our donate button.

There are also other ways to help us raise funds … please click the button below to explore how to do this.

Thank you so much!