Irish Lifeboats

The definitive guide to the Irish lifeboat service

This website is dedicated to the brave volunteer crews of both the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), the Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) and the Community Rescue Boats Ireland (CRBI) who have to negotiate some of the roughest sea conditions around Europe.

On Sunday, April 28th 2019 the final launch of the lifeboat Annie Blaker, the last Tyne Class lifeboat in the RNLI’s fleet took place in front of a huge crowd, which lined the pier at Wicklow. 

The station was joined by Dun Laoghaire and Arklow RNLI who made the journey to join a flotilla of local boats which led Annie Blaker out of the harbour and on to her final voyage.

The Tyne class lifeboat has been retired by the RNLI as it has been replaced by faster classes of lifeboats capable of up to 25 knots; the Tyne class could reach 18 knots at full speed. The Tyne all-weather lifeboat was the first fast slipway-launched lifeboat in the Institution. Photo: Pat Nolan

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

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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.

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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.

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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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