Irish Lifeboats

The definitive guide to the Irish lifeboat service

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 Lap of the Map

Arklow woman Mary Hickey is currently on a epic journey, running and walking the entire coast of Ireland.  Heading north on the roads nearest the coast covering the lap of the map in an anti clockwise direction. Mary's journey, which will take many months, is being done in aid of the RNLI Ireland. All money raised will be split between all of the Lifeboat Stations in Ireland.

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Respect The Water

Respect the Water is the RNLI’s national drowning prevention campaign.

Around 190 people die each year around the UK and Irish coasts - and the RNLI is working to change this. The RNLI has a goal to halve the number of coastal drownings by 2024 and Respect the Water is playing a key role in this.

Respect The Water

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RNLI Lifeboat Fleet

The RNLI currently operate a total of 59 lifeboats from the 45 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.

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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.

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Safety On The Water

The Irish Coast Guard, the RNLI & Irish Water Safety advise caution to those engaged in recreational activities in or near water during the summer months. 

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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.

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                  In an Emergency Dial '112' or '999' 
                       and ask for the Coast Guard