• ABOUT THE FILB


    Run by Volunteers and Funded by the Community


    The Freshwater Lifeboat Station is owned and operated by the Freshwater Independent Lifeboat Service and is located in the village of Freshwater, on the Isle of Wight in the United Kingdom. The organisation operates 2 lifeboats and 2 Fast Rescue Craft and is on call to the Coast Guard 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The FILB station covers an area up to 30 miles off shore from Hurst Point to St Catherine"s point. The service is not part of the RNLI and does not receive funding from the RNLI or the government. Our operations are entirely funded by the local community via a mix of donations, local business sponsorship, and local community grants.

    Our regular operations often involve helping casualty vessels in need, performing recoveries from the cliffs, searches for people or animals in distress, and providing safety overwatch from the water. On average the FILB will recieve 20-30 shouts a year. Our crew volunteers generaously give their time to save lives at sea in the most hazardous of sea conditions. Our ground crew volunteers work year round to ensure that lifeboat launches/recovery is as safe as possible and that FILB equipment and Boathouse are well maintained. The shop volunteers and fundraisers make sure we have the necessary funds to continue to operate. As the saying goess... No bucks... no Buck Rogers.


  • D-Class


    The Warren J&B




    The Inshore D-Class is a the Lifeboat smaller boat which often leads the public to think of the larger B-Class as our main Lifeboat. In reality the D-Class is our day to day Lifeboat and is used by the FILB on more shouts than the larger B-Class due to its versatility and ability to get in close to the shore. The D-Class will generally operate with three crew members on board leaving plenty of room for up to 3 casualties to be brought on board. It has a 40 HP Yamaha Outboard motor with two seperate fuels tanks, meaning that can reach a top speed of 30 knots. Within 5 minutes of launch we can be at Compton or the Needles. Primary operations for the D-Class are helping casualty vessels in need, performing recoveries from the cliffs, searches for people or animals in distress along the shoreline, and providing safety overwatch from the water. The D-Class enables the FILB to get onto the beaches and into the various caves that are dotted along the coastline.

    The D-Class carries onboard:

    - VHF Radio
    - GPS Chart Plotter
    - Towing ropes and springs
    - 4 Throw Ropes
    - First Aid Kit
    - Neck and various other braces
    - Compass
    - Spare Propellor Blade
    - Foot pump
    - Flares
    - Fire Extinguisher
    - Rope cutters
    - Water Bottles

  • B Class


    Spirit of the West Wight III




    The FILB B-Class, Spirit of the West Wight III, is the larger rescue craft and has a cabin with comfy seating for 4. It is equipped with a radar, a thermal camera, various lighting, and two very powerful inboard yanmar engines. This is our offshore vessel and extends our operating range to 30 miles offshore, well into the channel. It is also very effective for doing man overboard searches in all weather conditions. It is self righting and does well in huge swell. Due to its powerful engines it can tow very large casualty vessels long distances

  • Rescue Craft 1 and 2


    Otherwise known as our Jetskis




    The FILB aquired the two fast rescue craft in 2017. These rescue craft were a great addition to the FILB further extending our inshore rescue, search, and overwatch capability.

  • FILB Boathouse


    Home of the FILB




    The FILB Boathouse continues to grow with us over the years and has seen many changes. Originally built to hold a single D-Class vessel the FILB Boathouse now holds 2 Lifeboats and 2 Rescuse craft. It also holds an office area, training room, volunteer kitchen area, drysuit storage area, offshore gear area, and storage for all sorts of support gear.