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Bundoran RNLI involved in rescue of man and boy caught in rip current

Posted on May 28, 2018 at 2:20 PM

Volunteers from Bundoran RNLI were involved in the rescue of a man and a boy who got caught in a rip current off Bundoran beach yesterday afternoon (Sunday 27 May).

Photo: RNLI/Bundoran

Malin Head Coast Guard requested ...

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Rosslare Harbour RNLI assists three people on becalmed yacht near Tuskar Rock

Posted on May 28, 2018 at 5:50 AM

The RNLI all-weather lifeboat based in Rosslare Harbour was launched by volunteers late on Sunday night (27 May) to assist a becalmed yacht with three crew onboard.

Photo: RNLI/Rosslare Harbour


The 13m yacht which was travelling south, was becalmed on a very still evening. Unable to continue and within...

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Baltimore RNLI assists two vessels aground in West Cork

Posted on May 28, 2018 at 5:40 AM

Baltimore RNLI was called out to assist a yacht which went aground on East Skeam Island off the coast of West Cork on Sunday afternoon (27 May).

Photo: RNLI/Baltimore


The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their inshore lifeboat at 1.45pm following a request from the Irish Coast Guard to assist a...

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Carrybridge RNLI assists two people onboard grounded vessel on Upper Lough Erne

Posted on May 28, 2018 at 5:30 AM

At 4.20pm on Friday 25 May, Carrybridge RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Douglas Euan & Kay Richards, and the station’s Rescue Water Craft (RWC) launched following a request by Belfast Coastguard to assist a 30ft cruiser which had run aground approximately half a mile west of Naan Island.

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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

The alarm was raised by a...

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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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