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RNLI Lifeboat News From Ireland
The Nissan Almera reversed over the pavement at Salthill promenade and fell about six metres (20 ft) down towards the beach.
An elderly couple had a narrow escape when their car left the road and tumbled over rocks towards the sea at Galway’s popular Blackrock diving tower on Wednesday evening. Emergency services including the Galway Fire and Ambulance Service, Gardai, Irish…
Wexford RNLI leaving Killurin after bringing five people to safety
Wexford RNLI came to the rescue of five people on Monday afternoon (15 June) after the jet ski they were on lost power and began to sink. The four teenagers and an adult had managed to get on top of a nearby…
Bangor’s lifeboat comes alongside the stricken motorboat in Belfast Lough
Bangor's lifeboat rescued four people aboard a motorboat from Carrickfergus after the boat broke down off Whitehead, and the group risked drifting into a shipping lane in Belfast Lough in fading light. A volunteer crew from Bangor RNLI was requested…
Youghal RNLI’s inshore lifeboat and volunteer crew
Youghal RNLI’s inshore lifeboat and her volunteer crew responded to their pagers yesterday (Sunday 14 June) when the alarm was raised by two people aboard a fishing vessel with steering failure. Helmed by Liam Keogh, The lifeboat launched just before…
Kevin O’Sullivan covering the last few metres of his round Ireland solo circumnavigation
Sea swimmer and experienced kayaker Kevin O’Sullivan has presented Skerries RNLI with a donation of €1,200 from monies raised while kayaking solo around the island of Ireland. Kevin’s three-year venture started in 2016 and was spurred by his love of…
Castletownbere RNLI Medal rescue crew
A new book providing a collection of first-hand accounts of some of the most dramatic rescues carried out by RNLI lifesavers around Ireland and the UK over the past 20 years, features an incredible feat of bravery by a Cork…
File image of Portrush RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Portrush RNLI’s lifeboats aided in the rescue of a young man who fell 30 feet onto rocks on the north coast last night (Wednesday 10 June). Both the inshore and all-weather lifeboats were launched as a precaution due to the…
File image of the Portaferry RNLI inshore lifeboat
Portaferry RNLI came to the aid of two people on jet skis who got into difficulty at Cloughy Bay in Co Down yesterday afternoon (Sunday 7 June). Portaferry’s volunteer crew launched the inshore lifeboat promptly at 3.14pm and made their…
Dun Laoghaire’s inshore lifeboat assisting the small rowing boat on Sunday afternoon
Dun Laoghaire RNLI launched the station’s inshore lifeboat to assist two people onboard a small rowing boat on Dalkey Sound yesterday afternoon (Sunday 7 June). The volunteer crew of three immediately launched the lifeboat at 1pm after a report from…
The RS skiff dinghy under tow and RNLI crewman on board
Dunmore East RNLI lifeboat launched today (Saturday, June 6) to a report of a capsized sailing dinghy northeast of Dunmore East harbour. It was unknown at the time how many people were onboard the sailing dinghy. Just before 5 pm,…
Howth RNLI rescued people stranded on rocks
Howth RNLI launched both the all weather lifeboat and the inshore lifeboat in 5 separate call-outs over the bank holiday weekend to rescue 12 people who found themselves in difficulty The RNLI pagers sounded at 6.38pm on Sunday 31st May…
Arklow’s all-weather lifeboat escorts a kayaker to safety
Arklow RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew assisted two kayakers who got into difficulty on a trip to Arklow Bank Wind Park on Saturday afternoon (30 May). The all-weather lifeboat, under coxswain Ned Dillon and crew Brendan Dillon, Geoff Kearnes, Eddie McElheron,…
Bangor lifeboat crew at Helen’s Bay beach
Bangor RNLI is appealing to get in touch with the family of a teenage paddle boarder rescued at the weekend after he was blown out into Belfast Lough. The volunteer lifeboat crew were tasked on Friday afternoon (29 May) after…
The RNLI lineout at Croke Park to promote water safety with the GAA
The life-saving partnership between the GAA and the search and rescue charity, the RNLI, is gearing up this bank holiday weekend to help save lives. The two organisations have been working together in communities throughout Ireland to share water safety…
Kilrush RNLI’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat
Kilrush RNLI’s inshore lifeboat aided in the rescue of a child swept out to sea on an inflatable lilo. The incident yesterday afternoon (Thursday 28 May) occurred shortly after 3pm off Beal Strand on the Kerry shore of the Shannon…
RNLI Clifden's Atlantic 85 'Joyce King' en-route from Clifden to Renvyle
Both Clifden RNLI lifeboats were launched to reports of a young child that had been swept out to sea on his surfboard while at the beach with his family in Renvyle shortly after 4.30 pm yesterday. The offshore wind conditions…

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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