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Onboard Humber Rescue



Humber Rescue History

Humber Rescue, is an independent charity established in 1989, provides rapid search and rescue operations across the Humber Estuary, encompassing 540 square kilometers of waterways including the Rivers Hull, Trent, Ouse and the Humber Itself. 

Our story started in the back garden of founder Paul Berriff with just a Land Rover and a 12-foot rib. By 1995, we established our lifeboat station, which today is at the core of our operations. 

Recognised as one of the UK's busiest independent lifeboat station & the 7th busiest lifeboat station in 2023, we average 110 callouts annually, offering critical support not only to vessels in distress but also in complex rescues such as assisting downed Royal Air Force pilots. Our growth is driven by the dedication of our diverse volunteers who respond to the increasing demand for our services. 

Join us in our mission to save lives and safeguard the waters of the Humber Estuary. Your support and involvement are key to our continued success and the safety of countless individuals.


Our operational area spans a crucial 540 square kilometers, stretching from Hessle Foreshore to Cleethorpes, and extending inland to Naburn Lock and Gainsborough. This expansive coverage ensures we can provide rapid and effective search and rescue services across a vast and varied landscape of waterways. Each location presents its own unique challenges, making our presence essential for the safety and security of everyone who lives, works, or enjoys leisure activities within these boundaries. Humber Rescue is committed to being a dependable lifeline across this extensive area.

Humber Rescue Operational Map
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