Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum

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25039 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach, DE, USA

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The Story of the Life-Saving Service Sep 24, 2010
The Indian River Life-Saving Station in Delaware was one of many such maritime rescue stations established along the Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts in the late 19th century. The displays tell the story of the US Life-Saving Service, created in 1871 to rescue the crews of ships foundering in coastal storms. (In 1915, the Life-Saving Service became one of the services merged to form the US Coast Guard.) Its methods and always ready traditions live on in Coast Guard marine rescue operations.

When they were founded, the rescue stations were in remote coastal areas. The men lived at the stations and kept watch on coastwise shipping and weather conditions.

Indian River is a fully restored station. The museum shows both how the Life-Saving Service members lived and the equipment and techniques they used. It's really quite fascinating. The service essentially invented modern CPR techniques. Equipment extended from surf boats (lifeboats) to guns for throwing lines to ships to a "life car" rescue capsule. The life car was an enclosed watertight device that could bring one person at a time to shore from a ship.

I really learned a lot about a subject I knew little about before!

Admission and self-guided tour is $5.
Indian River Life-Saving Station
Surf boat
Rescue line setup
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