Irish Lifeboats

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The latest news releases from the RNLI and CRBI 

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Arklow RNLI launch to assist Stricken sailing vessel

Posted on October 18, 2017 at 1:05 AM

Arklow Lifeboat launched on Tuesday evening (October 17) following a call for assistance from the crew of a U.K. registered sailing vessel which had suffered mechanical failure.

Arklow Lifeboat with sailing vessel under tow. Photo: RNLI/Arklow

The volunteer crew were task...

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Larne and Bangor RNLI answer pager call during Storm Ophelia

Posted on October 17, 2017 at 6:05 AM

Both Larne and Bangor RNLI were requested to launch on Monday night (16 October) by Belfast Coastguard during Storm Ophelia.

Photo: Trevor Hartnett

The volunteer lifeboat crew pagers sounded at 9.25pm following reports of a person in t...

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Rosslare Harbour RNLI rescues 3 people during Storm Ophelia after yacht Mayday

Posted on October 16, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Volunteer lifeboat crew with Rosslare RNLI launched this morning (Monday 16 October) during Storm Ophelia to rescue three men onboard a 10m yacht after they issued a Mayday.

Rosslare Harbour lifeboat under Coxswain Eamonn O’Rourke brought a stricken yacht back to safety this morning. Ferocious se...

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Portaferry RNLI called out to aid man thrown from motor boat in Strangford Lough

Posted on October 15, 2017 at 10:30 AM

A volunteer crew from Portaferry RNLI were preparing for a training exercise when they received a call to go to the aid of a man who had been thrown from a small motor boat which was subsequently spinning out of control.

Portaferry RNLI goes to reports of Dory spinning out of control. Ph...

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Clifden RNLI rescue six people after boat breaks downs off Connemara coast

Posted on October 10, 2017 at 11:55 AM

Clifden RNLI rescued six people on Sunday afternoon after their boat broke down in the Killary harbour area of Connemara.

Photo: Nicholas Leach

Clifden RNLI’s all-weather and inshore lifeboats were launched shortly before 1pm on Sunday (8 Octo...

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Portrush RNLI in 15 hour call out to rescue six fishermen from 15m boat

Posted on October 3, 2017 at 10:50 AM

Portrush RNLI has rescued six fishermen during what was a 15 hour call out for the volunteers in rough weather conditions after the fishing boat sustained engine failure off the Donegal coast.

Portrush All-Weather Lifeboat. Photo: RNLI/Portrush

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Wicklow RNLI launch to assist three people on dismasted yacht

Posted on October 2, 2017 at 5:05 AM

Wicklow RNLI all-weather and Inshore lifeboats were requested to launch by the Coast Guard on Sunday afternoon at 3.30pm (1st October) after a nine metre yacht with three people on board was reported to have lost its mast and rigging while racing in Wicklow bay.

Wicklow RNLI all-weather lifeboat with the d...

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Wicklow RNLI assist swimmer in difficulty at Brittas Bay beach

Posted on September 25, 2017 at 2:55 AM

Both Wicklow RNLI lifeboats launched on Sunday afternoon (24 September) to assist a swimmer in difficulty at Brittas Bay.

Wicklow RNLI All-Weather and Inshore lifeboats. Photo: RNLI/Tommy Dover

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Arranmore RNLI assists 15m crabbing boat with four onboard

Posted on September 21, 2017 at 4:05 AM

Arranmore RNLI was called to give assistance to a 15m, 60 tonne crabbing boat which got into difficulty 35 miles north west of Arranmore on Tuesday (19 September) with four crew members on board.

Arranmore RNLI assists crabbing boat with four onboard. Photo: RNLI
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Dun Laoghaire RNLI rescues two from capsized dinghy on Dublin Bay

Posted on September 20, 2017 at 10:50 AM

Two sailors were rescued by the Dun Laoghaire RNLI Inshore lifeboat this morning after their small dinghy capsized on Dublin Bay.

Dun Laoghaire RNLI ILB rescues two from capsized dinghy on Dublin Bay. Photo: Dun Laoghaire Coast Guard

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