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RNLI Lifeboat News From Ireland
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…
Lough Derg RNLI carry out the first of two rescue of the lake
Two callouts for Lough Derg RNLI today – the first to two people on a 32ft cruiser aground by the Silver Islands on the Galway shore at the northern end of Lough Derg, and shortly after, a Mayday call to…
Retired nurse Nora Flanagan is Arranmore RNLI’s lifeboat press officer
Arranmore RNLI volunteer Nora Flanagan has been recognised for 25 years of service to the charity that saves lives at sea. The retired nurse, who serves as the Donegal island station’s press officer, first got involved with the RNLI in…
Wicklow RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat towing the yacht into harbour
Wicklow RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat had a midweek launch to assist two sailors on a 14-metre yacht with engine failure off the Wicklow coast. The Shannon class lifeboat set off shortly after 1pm on Wednesday 9 September and located the yacht…
Lough Derg RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Jean Spicer taking the cruiser under tow
A busy week for Lough Derg RNLI’s lifeboat volunteers continued on Tuesday night (8 September) after a 20ft cruiser suffered engine failure at the lough’s northeastern end. The lifeboat Jean Spicer launched just before 9.20pm and used all onboard electronic…
Lough Derg RNLI assisted four people on the 35-foot motor cruiser
At 8.25 pm this evening, Monday, September 7, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat Jean Spier to assist 4 people on a 35ft cruiser reported to be aground near Terryglass Bay. At 8.47 pm the lifeboat launched with…
Lough Derg RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Jean Spicer
Lough Derg RNLI volunteers were tasked to the aid of two people on a cruiser which engine failure near Mountshanon Harbour yesterday afternoon, Sunday 6 September. The inshore lifeboat Jean Spicer diverted from a training exercise just before 2pm and…

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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