Welcome to Irish Lifeboats
Your guide to the Irish Lifeboat service
This website is dedicated to the brave volunteer crews of both the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and the Community Rescue Boats Ireland (CRBI) who have to negotiate some of the roughest sea conditions around Europe.
This site is kept alive by the kind contributions of visitors and as such we are always looking for anyone with new content to come forward. If you have anything you think could be worthwhile adding to the site we would be very grateful if you would get in touch with us.
RNLI Lifeboat Stations
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) currently operate 44 stations throughout the Republic and Northern Ireland.
A new station at Lough Ree opened in late June 2012 on a 12 month trial basis.
Community Rescue Boats
There are a number of independent lifeboat services located in Ireland. These services operate independently from the RNLI. Most operate with support from their local community and the Irish Coastguard.
Our Friends in Blyth
Irish Lifeboats are proud to support our friends across the water in Blyth where the the effort made by the local community to restart an all weather lifeboat service in such a short period of time was remarkable.
Rescue Water Craft
The Rescue Water Craft (RWC) is a jet ski operated and equipped for search and rescue. Mostly in use by RNLI Lifeguards, two RWC are now in use at Enniskillen upper and lower lifeboat stations.
RNLI Lifeboat Fleet
The RNLI currently operate a total of 56 lifeboats from the 44 stations in the Republic and Northern Ireland.
Different classes of lifeboat are needed for various locations. So RNLI lifeboats are divided into two categories: all-weather and inshore.