Independent Lifeboat Services in Northern Ireland
In Northern Ireland there are a number of voluntary organisations independent of the RNLI providing Search and Rescue services at sea and on inland waterways.
They are declared resources and are available to respond to emergencies in their area of responsibility on a 24/7/365 basis.
The section below contains information on some of these organisations. For further information visit the Northern Ireland Search and Rescue website
Community Rescue Service
The Community Rescue Service (CRS) are a voluntary search and rescue organisation who provide a range of services including Water Search and Rescue, Land Search and Rescue, Suicide Prevention, Lowland Rescue Search Dogs, Safety Patrols, Lowland Rescue, CRS Emergency Bikes and Crisis Intervention for all of Northern Ireland
CRS have a fleet of 16 boats and several specially trained water rescue teams to ensure we can provide an immediate and appropriate response. Some of these boats and other water craft are permanently stationed in strategic locations on the River Bann, the River Lagan, the River Finn and the Mourne. Others are kept ready on trailers to be deployed anywhere they may be required.
For more information visit the Community Rescue Service website