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US Coast Guard Station Indian River Inlet


39373 Inlet Rd., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971

Indian River Inlet - Delaware

US Coast Guard Station Indian River Inlet is located on Inlet Road in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.


Coast Guard units based out of Delaware save countless lives every year, serving the primary functions of providing search-and-rescue, medical evacuations and firefighting services. Units from the Indian River Inlet Station near Rehoboth Beach conduct regular training exercises with their counterparts of Lewes Fire and Rescue, based a few miles north. The Delaware Coast Guard is prepared for six primary duties – including: Maritime Transportation System Management, Maritime Response, Maritime Security Operations, Defense Operations, Maritime Law Enforcement and Maritime Prevention.


Built in 1876, the structure of Indian River Station is one of the oldest eastern coast U.S. Lifesaving Service buildings still standing in its original location. After having kept watch over the coast for 86 years, the station closed and the property was turned over to the state of Delaware in 1962. This came after the station had been rendered dysfunctional by the storm of March 1962. A new station was dedicated at Indian River Inlet on 27 March 1964; construction was completed in April of the same year. At that time, the station had one 40-foot utility boat, one 30-foot utility boat, and one 36-foot motor lifeboat. A new Operations Center and Station Office was built in 1981. In order to assure adequate coverage of the operating area to the north, Station Indian River mans a Sub-SAR Unit at Roosevelt Inlet, Lewes, Delaware six months of the year. In the fall of 1983, construction of the new Operations/Barracks building at Roosevelt Inlet was completed.


Indian River Inlet is also home base for the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-09. The Auxiliary work side-by-side with their active-duty USCG counterparts in many mission areas – including Environmental Protection, Commercial Vessel Safety Inspections, Port Security and Planning, Licensing and Documentation, and other vital operational roles. Auxiliarists receive training virtually identical to that of their active duty and reserve counterparts (with the exception of law enforcement and military specific tasks). Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-09 – based at Coast Guard Station Indian River – was formed more than 30 years ago. Flotilla members include many experienced and knowledgeable mariners who have served the recreational boating and maritime communities for many years. The Auxiliary patrol and serve in the Rehoboth, Indian River and Delaware Bays – which are thriving recreational waterways.

Arriving at US Coast Guard Station Indian River Inlet
The closest major airport to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport (SBY / KSBY).

This airport is in Salisbury, Maryland and is 49 miles from the center of Rehoboth Beach, DE.