Portaferry RNLI Lifeboat Station
Lifeboat House, The Strand, Portaferry, Co Down, BT22 1PF, Northern Ireland

Website established 1999

Welcome to the 'Home Page' of   Portaferry Lifeboat Station

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HAPPY 60th Birthday to CBBC Blue Peter

Our latest 'SHOUT'

20 November 2013 @ 21:27

Shout No 24 - Person at risk

For information please click here

During 2017 Portaferry Lifeboat was launched 27 times and rescued 44 people in difficulties.
For RNLI lifeboat and lifeguard statistics during 2016 click here

News & Events
(please click where underlined or indicated)

Season's Greeting & a SAFE 2019 to all
Always remember to RESPECT THE WATER

4 Long-Serving Volunteers Retire

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Do you have a group of children or adults who would like to visit our RNLI Lifeboat Station and see our 'Blue Peter V' Lifeboat?

Then - contact our Lifeboat Visits Officer here


We are currently seeking to appoint Community Safety Advisors & Station Visits Volunteers
For more information click here


Annual RNLI Golf Day
The Kirkistown Castle Golf Club
held on Wednesday 15 August 2018 raised over £1,600 for the RNLI

For results and more information click here


Information is frequently updated on the station's 'Scrapbook Page'
that contains a history of the earlier years of
Portaferry Lifeboat - Blue Peter V

For details click here


Photo: RNLI - Colin Watson

'Blue Peter V'


This web site was establised in 1999 to provide information about the 'life saving' work and history of Portaferry RNLI Lifeboat Station and the fundraising efforts of the Portaferry & District Lifeboat Guild.

Since the Station opened in May 1980 the Portaferry RNLI Lifeboat has been launched over 850 times, rescued 600+ people who were in danger and have been directly responsible for saving the lives of over 100 persons.

Details of our life saving 'shouts' for the past 19 years can be viewed on 'Our Rescues' page. Or click here.

Our 'Links' page is updated frequently and is a continuing source of useful nautical, safety and local information for yachtsmen and others planning to visit the area. There are also links to some RNLI historic videos. Or click here.

Some of the history of the former Ballywalter, Cloughey and the Cloughey/Portavogie lifeboat stations can be found on our Local RNLI History page, or click here.  In addition there is now a short history of the Donaghadee and Groomsport lifeboat stations.

To find out about some of the earlier history of Portaferry lifeboat Station click here or go to the Scrapbook page.


Portaferry Lifeboat Station is located at Portaferry, County Down, Northern Ireland.

It is the home of 'Blue Peter V', an 'Atlantic 85' lifeboat.

Our lifeboat was presented to the Station by CBBC 'Blue Peter', a current and popular BBC Children's Television programme for 60 years.

Funding for our 'Blue Peter V' was achieved through the efforts of children throughout the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and beyond. Both of our previous Blue Peter lifeboats were funded by CBBC 'Blue Peter' and were named 'Blue Peter V'.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is a charity.

The 'National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck' was founded on 4th March 1824 by Sir William Hillary from the Isle of Man.  

In 1854 the name of the institution was changed to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Today, the RNLI has 238 lifeboat stations located in strategic locations along the coastline and inland waters of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.  In addition there are now over 240 RNLI life-guarded beaches.

As in 1824, the life-saving work of the RNLI is made possible through membership contributions, donations and legacies.

To find out how you could join our Crew, assist us with fundraising, or help the RNLI in other ways, please click here

For our younger surfers and 'Stormforce' members - click here for beach and water safety information.

The RNLI is a charity registered in England & Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736)
Charity Number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland

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