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RNLI Lifeboat News From Ireland
File image of Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat and rescue water craft
Northern Ireland lifeboat crews marked the end of the summer season with a number of callouts over the weekend. On Saturday afternoon (31 August) Portaferry’s inshore lifeboat wad called out to reports that two Flying Fifteen keelboats had capsized on Strangford…
Red Bay RNLI tows the yacht to safety
Five people were rescued off North Co Antrim yesterday afternoon (Friday 30 August) when their 33ft yacht got into difficulty near Rathlin Island. Red Bay RNLI’s volunteer crew were requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat 1.20pm following a report that…
Aran Islands RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
Two people were evacuated from the Aran Islands for medical reasons by the area’s RNLI lifeboat yesterday (Wednesday 28 August). At 4.50pm the all-weather lifeboat David Kirkaldy called to launch from Inis Mór to neighbouring Inis Meain where an elderly…
Kilkeel RNLI’s inshore lifeboat headed for Carlingford Lough yesterday afternoon
Kilkeel’s volunteer lifeboat crew worked fast to help clear a speedboat with engine troubles from a busy shipping lane yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 27 August). The 16ft Bayliner, with one person on board, had broken down in Carlingford Lough and was…
Larne RNLI’s inshore lifeboat Terry en route to Ballygally
Larne RNLI’s volunteer crew were kept busy with two callouts in quick succession on yesterday’s Bank Holiday (Monday 26 August), while the Portaferry lifeboat had an early-hours launch to aid a yacht run around in Strangford Lough. Larne’s inshore lifeboat…
The 34ft yacht dismasted near Dalkey Island yesterday
Dun Laoghaire RNLI launched to a 34ft yacht unexpectedly dismasted while sailing near Dalkey Island yesterday afternoon (Sunday 25 August). The skipper aboard the yacht was able to call the coastguard by VHF radio, and the volunteer lifeboat crew were…
Wicklow’s all-weather lifeboat brings the stricken motor cruiser under tow into Wicklow Harbour
Wicklow RNLI brought two people and three dogs to safety yesterday afternoon (Saturday 24 August) after their 33ft motor cruiser got fouled in ropes off the Wicklow coast. The all-weather lifeboat Jock & Annie Slater put to sea shortly at…
Sinead Myler — with her father Jimmy — who completed her first callout with Arklow RNLI on Wednesday
Arklow RNLI launched twice on Wednesday (21 August), first to go the aid of three onboard a broken down boat and later to search for a kayaker reported missing. The volunteer crew were first requested to launch their all-weather lifeboat…
Aran Islands RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat
Aran Islands lifeboat volunteers launched their all-weather lifeboat on Saturday afternoon (17 August) to carry out a medical evacuation for an injured tourist. The female visitor to Inis Mór had sustained a suspected fractured leg while out sightseeing, Aran Islands…
Fr Liam Boyle (pictured centre) served on the RNLI Arranmore lifeboat in Donegal
A Donegal-based priest who had had to quit his voluntary role as crew member of an RNLI lifeboat has said he will miss the “adrenaline rush” writes Lorna Siggins Fr Liam Boyle served on the RNLI Arranmore lifeboat in Donegal…
Portaferry RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Portaferry’s volunteer lifeboat crew had a busy Saturday (17 August), launching twice before providing rescue cover at a local triathlon event. The first callout was in the morning to a 21ft yacht with engine failure that was at risk of…
Thomas Davis (left) and Rob King of RNLI Clifden
Two Clifden RNLI lifeboat crew past and present have been promoted to two new roles in the charity. Rob King, the former full-time mechanic for Clifden lifeboat station has been appointed as the RNLI’s Area Lifesaving Manager for the West…
Story Of Lifeboat Crew Billed For Lost Inflatable Is A Tall Tale, Says RNLI
Don’t believe everything you read, the RNLI advises, after the lifesaving charity was forced to debunk claims it was recently billed for an inflatable toy lost during the rescue of a child. According to The Independent, there appear to have…
Lough Ree RNLI
Lough Ree RNLI came to the aid of a woman who became unwell on a boat on the lake on Tuesday evening and required a medical evacuation. The volunteer crew were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat at 9.15pm by…
Ruth’s fiancé Jim Griffin presents a cheque for £9,000 to Newcastle RNLI’s station coxswain Nathan Leneghan (right) and fellow crew members who were involved in the search, from left, Sean Cunningham, station mechanic Shane Rice, Gerry McConkey and David Hughes. Also included is Newcastle RNLI’s Lifeboat Operations Manager, Lisa Ramsden.
The family of Ruth Maguire, who was drowned in Carlingford Lough last March, have raised £9,000 for Newcastle RNLI in her memory. Newcastle RNLI was involved in the search for Ruth along with other search and rescue agencies and recovered…
Kinsale RNLI’s lifeboat crew return Ghost, the year-old Holstein Friesian, to safety
A cow named Ghost was saved from Kinsale Harbour at the weekend after slipping down a cliff from the field above — in what also marked a second animal rescue this year for Kinsale RNLI. Kinsale’s lifeboat volunteers launched on…

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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