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The latest news releases from the RNLI and CRBI 

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Our aim at is simple: To spread the word of the great work done by the RNLI and CRBI around the Irish Coastline. 

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PJ Gallagher and friends to hold special comedy night in Dun Laoghaire theatre

Posted on February 16, 2018 at 8:20 AM

Well known comedian, radio host and star of the small screen, PJ Gallagher, is to hold a night of fun and laughter with some of Ireland’s top comedians to raise funds for the RNLI.

Comedian PJ Gallagher with Dun Laoghaire RNLI. Photo: RNLI/Niamh Stephenson

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Ballycotton RNLI needs new fundraising volunteers and lifeboat crew

Posted on February 7, 2018 at 12:20 PM

Ballycotton RNLI is looking for new volunteer fundraisers and lifeboat crew to join its community lifesaving team in East County Cork.

Photo: RNLI/Nigel Millard

The station’s volunteers make...

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Newcastle RNLI rescue six fishermen in 12 hour call out

Posted on February 6, 2018 at 12:20 PM

Newcastle RNLI rescued six fishermen yesterday afternoon (Monday 5 February) in a call out that lasted 12 hours.

Newcastle All-weather lifeboat. Photo: RNLI

At 3.10pm, the volunteer crew members at Newcastle RNLI were alerted by their pagers that Belfast Coastguard h...

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New 65,000 Euro community funded lifeboat goes on service at Fethard RNLI

Posted on February 4, 2018 at 7:20 PM

A new inshore D class lifeboat has gone on service at Fethard RNLI. The lifeboat which arrived at the Fethard lifeboat station on THursday (1 February), replaces Tradewinds, which has been used to rescue people off the Hook peninsula since 2007.

D-819 Initial Launch. Photo: RNLI/Damien McGarry

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Clogherhead and Skerries RNLI assist man after 10m fishing boat breaks down

Posted on February 2, 2018 at 7:45 PM

Clogherhead and Skerries RNLI rescued a man whose boat got into difficulty north of Dublin Bay yesterday afternoon (Thursday 1 February).

Clogherhead RNLI's all-weather lifeboat. Photo: RNLI

The volunteer crews were requested t...

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Helvick Head RNLI rescue crew of fishing vessel in midnight call out

Posted on January 24, 2018 at 9:20 AM

The lifeboat crew’s pagers sounded at 1.50am in the early hours of Saturday morning, (20 January).

Photo: RNLI

The crew of a fishing vessel reported engine difficulty which required a tow in to Helvick Harbour.

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Donaghadee RNLI start the New Year with callout to jet ski pair in difficulty

Posted on January 1, 2018 at 4:35 PM

Donaghadee RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew assisted two people to safety this morning (1 January) after they got into difficulty on their jet ski and a member of the public raised the alarm.

Photo: RNLI

The volunteer crew were paged at 11.4...

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Fethard RNLI start New Year with kayak recovery launch

Posted on January 1, 2018 at 4:25 PM

Fethard RNLI launched its inshore lifeboat this afternoon (Monday January 1) to conduct a joint search with Fethard Coast Guard after a reported sighting of a kayak floating in the sea in the water off Crooke Chapel, Passage East, Waterford.

Fethard RNLI launch to recover abandoned kayak. Photo: RNLI Fethard


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Rosslare Harbour RNLI rescue surfer caught in rip current off Wexford coast

Posted on January 1, 2018 at 4:10 PM

Rosslare Harbour RNLI all-weather lifeboat was launched this afternoon (1 January) at 1.15pm to go to the assistance of a surfer caught in a dangerous rip current.

Photo: RNLI/Rosslare Harbour

Two surfers had got caught in the rip current off Curracloe beach in Wexford. One of the surfers...

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Baltimore RNLI called out to two separate incidents in one day

Posted on December 30, 2017 at 4:50 AM

Baltimore RNLI was launched twice in the space of a few hours yesterday (Friday 29 December) firstly to provide a medical evacuation from Heir Island and later to assist bodyboarders in difficulties in Barleycove.

Baltimore RNLI on callout to Heir Island. Photo: RNLI/Baltimore

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