Shipwrecks have always featured along the west coast of Jutland and have therefore been part of life in the Lemvig area. In Dansk Lode (Danish Pilot) from 1866 there is a passage about the west coast: “This is an Iron Coast with no harbours or inlets to seek shelter, and ships should therefore avoid this stretch unless there is an off-shore wind”. The sea is very rough in stormy conditions. Any ship that was forced close to the shore became wrecked by the surf in a very short period of time. Survival of passengers and crew depended on people ashore. Between 1850 and 1925 a total of 3.608 ships were stranded on the west coast of Denmark of which 2.111 were total wrecks.
Flyvholm Rescue Station is an important location for communication concerning both the rescue service and the “Iron Coast”. The App “Iron Coast” tells the story of stranding and is accessible along the coast between Thyborøn and Thorsminde. Key topics are the immense power of the sea and the mariners, fishermen and rescuers that have had to face the special conditions of currents and winds here. Shipwrecks are the main features presented at the Stranding Museum St. George at Thorsminde (N36) and at the Coastal Centre in Thyborøn (N28).