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RNLI Lifeboat News From Ireland
Derry Clarke Does Scallops for the RNLI: Host a Fish Supper & Help the RNLI Save Lives This Autumn
Lifesavers at the RNLI are encouraging people to support them by signing up to host a Fish Supper this October or donate the price of fish and chips to raise vital funds for the lifesaving charity. The RNLI's annual fishy…
Family Whose Great-Grandfather was Recognised for Lifesaving Rescue Pay Tribute to Kilmore Quay RNLI
A Wexford family has expressed thanks to the volunteers of Kilmore Quay RNLI who brought them to safety earlier this summer when their pleasure craft got into difficulty. James Kehoe and his grandchildren Aisling, 13, Emily, 9, and Orla, 7,…
Tramore RNLI’s inshore lifeboat returning to station at Tramore Pier
Tramore RNLI’s lifeboat volunteers were tasked to the aid of a female swimmer in difficulty at the Guillamene cove in Co Waterford yesterday afternoon (Sunday 27 September). The inshore lifeboat was lunched at 1.55pm and within eight minutes was at…
Aberdeen’s inshore lifeboat Buoy Woody searches off Aberdeen Beach
Aberdeen’s two RNLI lifeboats launched minutes apart around 9am this morning (Sunday 27 September) to a report of two surfers in danger at the entrance to Aberdeen Harbour in Eastern Scotland. It emerged that the surfers had paddled out beyond…
Dun Laoghaire RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Anna Livia
A new video from Dun Laoghaire RNLI explains the importance of checking the weather and tides before going out for a walk along the coast. With Ireland's coastal areas getting a lot quieter as autumn begins and as we head…
Portrush RNLI Lifeboat approaches the teenager
Portrush RNLI has rescued a teenage boy who got into difficulty while jumping into the sea off rocks at Portstewart Head yesterday afternoon. The volunteer crew were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat by Belfast Coastguard at 2.42 pm following…
Denise Lynch, Ireland's first RNLI lifeboat coxswain
Denise Lynch, a volunteer lifeboat crewmember with Fenit RNLI in Kerry, has been passed out as an RNLI Coxswain. She is currently the only woman to hold the senior position on an operational lifeboat crew in Ireland and is the…
The unmanned yacht was dragging its moorings in Youghal harbour
Youghal RNLI in East Cork responded to the pagers today to a report of an unmanned yacht dragging its moorings in Youghal harbour. At 4.32 pm the volunteer crew launched the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat in fresh conditions and strong…
Baltimore RNLI crew prepare to launch
Baltimore RNLI was called out to provide a medical evacuation early yesterday afternoon (Monday, 21 September) from Sherkin Island off the coast of Baltimore, West Cork. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their all-weather lifeboat at 2.07 pm, following a request…
The Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) caught fire in Bertraghboy Bay near Roundstone
Three divers were rescued by the RNLI Clifden lifeboat yesterday after their rigid inflatable boat (RIB) caught fire in Bertraghboy bay near Roundstone, Co Galway. Shortly before 3 pm yesterday (Monday, Sept 21st) Clifden RNLI launched their Shannon class all-weather…
Youghal RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
A man has died after getting into difficulty while swimming of the cast near Youghal last Friday (18 September). Youghal RNLI was called to the scene at Caliso Bay in Co Waterford on Friday afternoon after the man was reported…
Lough Derg RNLI approach the cruiser aground
Lough Derg RNLI assisted four adults on a 30-ft cruiser aground at Skehanagh, on eastern, Tipperary shore, of Lough Derg behind Illaunmor. At 5.15 pm this afternoon, Sunday, September 20, as Lough Derg RNLI volunteers were arriving for a training…
The volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI arrive at the main beach
The volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI was requested to attend three separate incidents between Saturday afternoon and Sunday lunchtime of the past weekend (19th/20th September 2020) Just after 3:30 pm on Saturday afternoon the crew was alerted to three people…
Baltimore all-weather lifeboat
Baltimore RNLI was called out twice in 14 hours to provide two separate medical evacuations from Cape Clear Island off the coast of Baltimore, West Cork. The first call out happened yesterday evening (Saturday 19 September). The volunteer lifeboat crew…
The new Arabic language water safety posters from the RNLI and Irish Refugee Council
The charity that saves lives at sea is reaching out to Ireland’s immigrant communities as part of a new water safety campaign. Arabic is the first language being used by the RNLI in its warnings over the dangers associated with…
Dun Laoghaire's inshore lifeboat at Blackrock
Dun Laoghaire Harbour RNLI was requested to launch by the Irish Coast Guard at 5:57 pm this evening (Thursday 17 September) after a member of the public reported a swimmer who appeared to be in difficulty off Blackrock The inshore…

RNLI Ireland Information

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts.

The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and the Channel Islands.

The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,200 lives.

How many RNLI stations are there in Ireland?

46 stations

The RNLI currently operates from 46 stations in the Republic and Northern Ireland. Different classes of lifeboat are needed for various locations. So RNLI lifeboats are divided into two category types: all-weather and inshore.

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