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RNLI Lifeboat News From Ireland
Courtmacsherry RNLI crew on the rescue mission
The Courtmacsherry All-Weather Trent Class RNLI Lifeboat was called out at 2.10 pm this afternoon to go to the aid of swimmers who had got into difficulty off Virgin Mary’s Bank in Inchydoney Island, West Cork. Under Coxswain Sean O…
RNLI lifeboat crews from Skerries and (right) Clogherhead arriving on scene at Mornington Beach
RNLI lifeboat crews from Skerries and Clogherhead launched yesterday (Monday 25 May) to retrieve a number of adults and children who had become stranded on rocks near Mornington Beach, east of Drogheda. The lifeboats were launched shortly before 3pm after…
Youghal’s inshore lifeboat launches for the missing person search
Youghal RNLI’s volunteer crew were part of a multi-agency operation yesterday evening (Sunday 24 May) to reports of a missing person in Youghal. The inshore lifeboat launched in good weather on a filling tide at 6.04pm a few minutes after…
The team pushed hard to reach Portrush this evening with 360km to go
Four Dun Laoghaire-Based 29er sailors have raised more than €7,700 for the RNLI in their virtual cycling challenge. Last weekend, the quartet of Max Goodbody, Nathan van Steenberge, Sam Ledoux and Tim Norwood — along with their coach Thomas Chaix…
File image of Bundoran RNLI’s inshore lifeboat William Henry Liddington
Bundoran RNLI’s lifeboat was called to an incident at Rossnowlagh Beach yesterday morning (Sunday 17 May) after a man reportedly collapsed near the water. Shore crew were also dispatched by road to offer assistance to the ambulance crew on the…
RNLI Dun Laoghaire All-Weather Lifeboat
Despite the Irish Coast Guard advisory asking members of the public not to go to sea for recreational purposes, Dun Laoghaire RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched on Saturday afternoon (May 16) following a request from the Coast Guard, to assist an 18ft…
The 29er crews were joined by Annalise Murphy on the virtual cycle
Olympic sailing silver medalist Annalise Murphy joined four Dun Laoghaire-based 29er sailors and their coach in their bid to ‘virtual cycle’ around Ireland in aid of the RNLI. As Afloat reported earlier, Max Goodbody, Nathan van Steenberge, Sam Ledoux and…
The Howth RNLI inshore boat
Howth RNLI launched their inshore lifeboat last night (Tuesday 12th May) to reports of a person stranded in a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) with engine trouble while fishing off Howth. The RNLI pagers sounded at 7.25 pm after a call…
Skerries RNLI volunteers launching their Atlantic 85 in the early hours of Saturday 9 May
Skerries RNLI launched in the early hours of yesterday morning (Saturday 9 May) to a call for help from three people cut off by the tide near Balbriggan in north Co Dublin. The Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat Louis Simson launched…
Dun Laoghaire's inshore lifeboat
Volunteers from Dun Laoghaire Harbour's RNLI station were involved in a two-hour search operation off the coast of Sandymount Strand last night (7 May), after receiving reports that a person was thought to be seen cut off by the tide…
Donaghadee RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat Saxon
Donaghadee RNLI volunteers launched their all-weather lifeboat yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 6 May) after reports of three kayakers in difficulty off Cloughey in Co Down. Following Covid-19 protocols, the volunteers of lifeboat Saxon made full speed to the location. However, en…
Portaferry RNLI
Yesterday, Portaferry RNLI volunteer crew were requested to launch at 1225 to reports of a person in the water clinging to a small craft at Greyabbey Bay on Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland. Greyabbey is a small village about 11…
An RNLI Lifeguard beach flag
Despite the challenges of the coronavirus outbreak, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) hopes to provide a lifeguard service on around 30% of the beaches the charity usually covers this summer, if government guidance allows. The rollout of the normal…
Dun Laoghaire RNLI
Dun Laoghaire RNLI came to the aid of two people who got into difficulty on a kayak this morning. The volunteer lifeboat crew were paged at 8.21 am following an initial report from the Irish Coast Guard that two men…
File image of Fethard RNLI’s D class inshore lifeboat Naomh Dubhan
The volunteer lifeboat crew at Fethard RNLI were called out on Tuesday evening (28 April) to reports of a lone walker cut off by the incoming tide with no way of getting to safety. During his walk the man had…
RNLI and Coast Guard Search and Rescue services continue to be fully operational and on call 24/7
In advance of the May bank holiday weekend, the Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) and RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) are renewing their call to the public not to take part in any water-based activity on or in the sea, while…

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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