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RNLI's response to Coronavirus situation

'The welfare of our volunteers, supporters and staff along with our ability to maintain our world-class lifesaving service is our priority.


‘With this in mind, and given the current situation with COVID-19, we have taken the decision to close all RNLI shops, museums and visitor centres with immediate effect. Our lifeboat stations remain operational and we will continue to respond to those in need but will not be open to visitors.


‘Our lifeboats will continue to launch to those in peril at sea.'


For more information please contact the RNLI Press Office on 01202 336789 or via pressoffice@rnli.org.uk 


Photo:  RNLI Nigel Millard

RNLI and Irish Coast Guard issue safety advice for coastal visitors

Given the current COVID-19 outbreak and the importance of social distancing and avoiding non-essential contact with others, coastal areas may be seen as providing an opportunity to enjoy fresh air and exercise while adhering to the government’s guidance. However coastal areas can also present dangers of their own and the two organisations are asking people to ensure they follow essential water safety advice.

Baltimore RNLI mark centenary of the lifeboat station by naming new Atlantic 85

Baltimore RNLI held a special ceremony which saw the station receive a Vellum (Inscription of thanks from the Institution) marking one hundred years of saving lives at sea and the naming the new Atlantic 85 lifeboat Rita Daphne Smyth.

Dun Laoghaire RNLI mechanic rescues Toby the dog after fall on East Pier

Dun Laoghaire RNLI’s mechanic Kieran O’Connell came to the rescue of a small dog who fell from a height and became trapped on Dun Laoghaire’s East Pier.

New Atlantic 85 class lifeboat arrives at Lough Ree RNLI

A new Atlantic 85 class lifeboat, Tara Scougall, has gone on service at Lough Ree RNLI. The lifeboat which arrived at the Coosan Point lifeboat station on Tuesday 12 November 2019, replaces The Eric Rowse which has been used for rescues and to save lives on Lough Ree since August 2014.

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

www.respectthewater.com

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. 


For more information visit 

www.safetyonthewater.ie


Lifeboat Operations

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 Coast Guard.

RNLI Lifeboat Fleet

The RNLI currently operate from 46 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.

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