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Portrush RNLI launched to reports of a swimmer in difficulty

Posted on June 22, 2016 at 1:05 AM

Portrush Inshore Lifeboat. Photo: RNLI

Portrush RNLI Inshore Lifeboat (ILB) Lifeboat Crew launched on Tuesday evening (21st June) at 7.56pm to reports of a swimmer in difficulty at the Herring Pond in Portstewart.

Three volunteer lifeboat crew launched the insh...

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Naming Ceremony of Lough Swilly RNLI Shannon Class lifeboat Derek Bullivant

Posted on June 20, 2016 at 5:35 PM

Lough Swilly RNLI's Shannon arrives on station. Photo: RNLI/Clive Wasson

Arklow man and former Lifeboat Operations Manager Jimmy Tyrrell will have the honour of naming the first class of RNLI lifeboat to be named after an Irish river on Saturday 25 June at 11.30am in Buncrana, county Donegal.


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RNLI honours lifeboat volunteers at Irish Awards ceremony in Dublin

Posted on June 20, 2016 at 5:25 PM

The RNLI volunteer awards in Ireland 2016. Photo: RNLI/Tara Murphy


The RNLI held its Annual Presentation of Awards at the Guinness Storehouse on Friday (17 June 2016) where the charity presented 56 individual awards to volunteers from across the country.

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Wicklow RNLI assist lone sailor after distress call

Posted on June 20, 2016 at 6:00 AM

Woman rescued by Wicklow RNLI after she slips in harbour. Photo: RNLI/Milo Vanbeck


Wicklow RNLI all-weather lifeboat launched at 2.30pm on Sunday afternoon (19 June) after the Coast Guard received a marine VHF radio distress signal from a yacht six miles off the Wicklow coast.

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Early Sunday Morning Rescue for Arklow RNLI

Posted on June 19, 2016 at 6:10 AM

Arklow All-weather Trent Class lifebaot 14-19 Ger Tigchelaar. Photo: Irish Lifeboats/Pat Nolan

Following a pager Alert on 6.23am this morning (Sunday 19 June), Arklow All-weather Lifeboat Ger Tigchelarr and her volunteer crew  launched to a report of a casualty in difficulty near Arklow harbour.

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Kilrush RNLI launch to the aid of lone fisherman

Posted on June 19, 2016 at 5:45 AM

Kilrush Atlantic 85 Class Lifeboat. Photo: RNLI/Kilrush

Kilrush RNLI Lifeboat launched at 4:55pm on Saturday afternoon (18 June) to 16ft fishing vessel with one person on board that reported engine trouble.

The lone fisherman was on board a 16ft boat off the Kerry coast when his ves...

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Rosslare Harbour RNLI launch to four rowers during record breaking attempt

Posted on June 17, 2016 at 6:10 PM

Rosslare Harbour RNLI launch to four rowers during record breaking attempt. Photo: RNLI/Rosslare Harbour

Rosslare Harbour RNLI launched last night (Thursday 16 June) to four young men attempting a record-breaking row off the UK coast after they requested assistance in worsening weather conditions.

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RNLI launches free text to prevent dangerous tidal cut off at Coney Island

Posted on June 17, 2016 at 1:15 PM

Text Coney launch. Photo: RNLI


The RNLI has today launched an innovative free text message service aimed at preventing people getting caught out by dangerous tides when travelling to Coney Island in County Sligo.

In what is the first of its ...

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All-weather lifeboat goes operational for two year trial at Red Bay RNLI

Posted on June 17, 2016 at 12:50 PM

Trent Class All-Weather Lifeboat 14-15 Henry Heys Duckworth. Photo: RNLI

An all-weather lifeboat has officially been put on service and become a declared search and rescue asset for a two year trial period at Red Bay RNLI in County Antrim.



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Fethard RNLI launch to fishing vessel in difficulty off Baginbun Head

Posted on June 17, 2016 at 12:30 PM

Fethard lifeboat on exercise. Photo: RNLI/Fethard


Fethard RNLI launched this morning (Friday 17 June) to a 21-foot fishing vessel with a fouled propeller one mile from Baginbun Head.

There was one fisherman on board the boat. While the lobster pots were being recove...

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