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Last Updated: 13/06/21

Kilrush RNLI assist powerboat in Shannon Estuary

At 3:45pm on saturday 12 June, the Kilrush RNLI lifeboat was tasked by the Irish Coast Guard to a report of a vessel with two persons onboard in difficulty off Kilcredaun, Co Clare.

Lough Derg RNLI launched to assist 4 people on a 35ft cruiser with fuel problems

At 5:05pm on Friday 11 June, Valentia Coast Guard requested Lough Derg RNLI lifeboat to launch to assist four people on a 35ft cruiser with fuel problems. The vessel was reported to be near Navigation Mark F, north of the Goat Road on the Tipperary shore.

Lagan Search & Rescue tasked to reports of a dinghy heading out into Belfast Lough without Navigation Lights

At 11:41pm on Thursday 10 June, Belfast Lifeboat and Shoreside Response tasked to reports of a small dinghy without navigation lights heading out into Belfast Lough with 2 persons onboard.


Arklow RNLI launch to a kitesurfer in difficulty

At 7:45pm on Wednesday 9 June, Arklow lifeboat launched following a pager alert, to a kitesurfer reported to be in difficulty.

Bundoran RNLI assist two paddleboarders

The volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI was requested to launch on Tuesday evening to reports of two paddleboarders being blown out to sea off Mermaid’s Cove in County Sligo.


Arklow RNLI launch to the aid of a 9 metre fishing vessel

At 1pm on Tuesday 8 June, Arklow lifeboat was requested to launch to assist a fishing vessel with three persons onboard which had lost propulsion.

Aran Islands RNLI carry out medical evacuation of Inis Orr

Aran Islands RNLI's volunteer lifeboat crew were asked to launch their all-weather Severn class lifeboat at 11.48am, this morning, Tuesday (7 June) by the Irish Coast Guard.


Arranmore RNLI responds to two calls in two days

Arranmore RNLI's all-weather class lifeboat was called to assist a rib (Rigid Inflatable Boat) on Sunday afternoon (6 June), which got into difficulty on rocks off Kincasslagh.


Ballycotton RNLI assist stricken fishing vessel with engine trouble four miles south east of Ballycotton Lighthouse

Volunteer lifeboat crew from Ballycotton RNLI were requested to launch at 9am today (Tuesday 8 June) by the Irish Coast Gaurd to a report of a fishing vessel with engine trouble four miles south east of Ballycotton Lighthouse.

Multi agency search for person who entered the water near the Millennium bridge on the River Liffey

A search got underway shortly after 1am this morning (8 June)  following reports of a person entering the River Liffey near the Millennium bridge.



RNLI and GAA partnership working to save lives at sea

The two organisations have been working together in communities throughout Ireland to share water safety advice with GAA players and to deliver water safety talks to GAA clubs around the country.

The key water safety messages are:

Protect your family – we must all take great care on the water this summer and look out for our family and our community

Do not use inflatables

In an emergency dial 112 or 999 and ask for Coast Guard

RNLI water safety advice can be found at 

RNLI Launch a Memory

Would you like to remember someone and see their name on a Shannon lifeboat in Ireland? 

The new all-weather RNLI lifeboat, which will be based at Clifden, will proudly carry the names of up to 10,000 people, placed on it by their loved ones. 

Water Safety

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

Safety on the Water

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton TD launched the newly updated Safety on the Water website on Friday, July 31st 2020.

The Safety on the water initiative was set up by the Marine Safety Working Group. The aim of the group is to promote water safety. This is a collaboration between the Coast Guard, RNLI, Water Safety Ireland, Irish Sailing and BIM.

These organisations advise caution to those engaged in recreational activities in or near water. 

For more information visit

In an emergency dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard