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Clifden RNLI in search and rescue operation for fisherman off Cruagh Island

Posted on May 24, 2018 at 10:20 AM

Volunteers from Clifden RNLI were involved in the search and rescue operation for a fisherman off Cruagh Island yesterday evening (23 May).


Photo: RNLI


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Lough Ree RNLI assist in rescue of swimmer in difficulty off Athlone

Posted on May 24, 2018 at 10:05 AM

Lough Ree RNLI was requested to assist a swimmer in difficulty at the Golden Mile in Athlone yesterday evening.

Photo: RNLI/Lough Ree


At 6.56pm yesterday, (23 May), Lough Ree RNLI was requested by the Irish Coast Guard in Malin Head to launch their in...

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Ramsey RNLI and Donaghadee RNLI assist broken down day angling boat

Posted on May 24, 2018 at 1:25 AM

Ramsey RNLI all-weather lifeboat, Ann & James Ritchie, launched at 12:10 on Wednesday 23 May, to render assistance to a day angling vessel with three people on board.

Ramsey RNLI with casualty vessel safely in tow. Photo: RNLI/Theresa Shammon


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RNLI says floating saves lives

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 1:15 AM

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has today announced seven1 people claimed ‘floating’ helped save their life in 2017, after the charity advocated this as a key survival skill last summer.

Evan and his father, Simon. Photo: RNLI/Nathan Williams


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Baltimore RNLI called out for a medical evacuation from Cape Clear Island

Posted on May 21, 2018 at 9:25 AM

Baltimore RNLI carried out a medical evacuation this morning (Monday 21 May) from Cape Clear Island off the coast of West Cork.


Baltimore all-weather lifeboat. Photo: RNLI/Micheal Cottrell


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Red Bay RNLI rescue three canoeists off rocks at Ballycastle following capsize

Posted on May 21, 2018 at 1:25 AM

Volunteer lifeboat crew at Red Bay RNLI rescued three people off rocks at Ballycastle on Saturday afternoon (19 May) when two canoeists capsized and had to scramble onto rocks to safety.


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Ballyglass RNLI on callout to runaway barge that left Newfoundland last November

Posted on May 15, 2018 at 10:35 AM


Lifeboat crew with Ballyglass RNLI had an unusual callout last night (Monday 14 May) when they were launched to recover a runaway barge that had broken away from its moorings in Labrador, Newfoundland in Canada last November.


Lifeboat crew onobard floating barge. Photo: RNLI/Ballyglass

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Wicklow RNLI paged to multi agency incident at Wicklow Harbour

Posted on May 14, 2018 at 2:00 AM

The Inshore Lifeboat crew were alerted by pager following a Coast Guard launch request shortly after 3:10pm on Sunday afternoon (13 May), to assist in the medical evacuation of an injured sailor.


Wicklow ILB. Photo: RNLI/Wicklow


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Carrybridge RNLI lifeboat assist a grounded vessel with four people onboard

Posted on May 14, 2018 at 1:50 AM


On Sunday afternoon at 1:51pm (13 May) Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards, and Rescue Water Craft (RWC) launched following a request by Belfast Coastguard to assist a 35ft cruiser which was aground approximately one mile west of Knockninny.


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Baltimore RNLI provides medical evacuation from Cape Clear Island

Posted on May 14, 2018 at 1:20 AM

Baltimore RNLI carried out a medical evacuation on Saturday night (12 May) from Cape Clear Island off the coast of West Cork.


Baltimore lifeboat launching for a medical evacuation. Photo: RNLI/Kate Callanan



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