Your guide to the Irish Lifeboat service
This website is dedicated to the brave volunteer crews of both the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and the Community Rescue Boats Ireland (CRBI) who have to negotiate some of the roughest sea conditions around Europe.
This site is kept alive by the kind contributions of visitors and as such we are always looking for anyone with new content to come forward. If you have anything you think could be worthwhile adding to the site we would be very grateful if you would get in touch with us.
Irish Coast Guard & RNLI urge people to Respect The Water over the Festive Season
The Irish Coast Guard and the RNLI have issued a joint safety message for the festive season to remind people to stay safe when they are in or near the water over the holiday period and to remember some basic safety advice, to use if they see someone in trouble or get into difficulty themselves.
Respect The Water
Respect the Water is the RNLI’s national drowning prevention campaign.
Around 190 people die each year around the UK and Irish coasts - and the RNLI is working to change this. The RNLI has a goal to halve the number of coastal drownings by 2024 and Respect the Water is playing a key role in this.
Respect The Water
& know what to do
RNLI Lifeboat Fleet
The RNLI currently operate a total of 59 lifeboats from the 45 stations in the Republic and Northern Ireland.
Different classes of lifeboat are needed for various locations. So RNLI lifeboats are divided into two categories: all-weather and inshore.
Community Rescue Boats
There are a number of independent lifeboat services located in Ireland.
These services operate independently from the RNLI. Most operate with support from their local community and the Irish Coastguard.
Safety On The Water
The Irish Coast Guard, the RNLI & Irish Water Safety advise caution to those engaged in recreational activities in or near water during the summer months.
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Rescue water Craft
The Rescue Water Craft (RWC) is a jet ski operated and equipped for search and rescue.
Mostly in use by RNLI Lifeguards, two RWC are now in use at Enniskillen upper and lower lifeboat stations.