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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Our latest 'SHOUT'

12 March 2018 @ 15:49

Shout No 6 - 13m Yacht off Cloughey with engine difficulties

For information please click here

During 2016 Portaferry Lifeboat was launched 28 times on rescue services.
For RNLI lifeboat and lifeguard statistics during 2016 click here

News & Events
(please click where underlined or indicated)

We send our best wishes and thanks to the CBBC 'BLUE PETER' TV programme on the occasion of their recent 5000th TV programme broadcast.  

Over the past 30 years our three 'Blue Peter V' lifeboats have been provided through the fund-raising efforts of young 'Blue Peter' viewers.

The signal flag P - the 'Blue Peter' flag

For information on some of our 'Blue Peter' visitors see our Scrapbook Page


Commemorating 65th anniversary of the loss of the MV PRINCESS VICTORIA and those who perished

Crew members from Portaferry RNLI attended a memorial service in Donaghadee on 28 January along with crew members from Bangor, Donaghadee, Larne, Newcastle and Portpatrick.  For more information click here

A short history of this tragic event can be found here on this website.


Since New Year's Day 2018 65 year old Mary Hickey has been running around the entire coast of Ireland to raise funds for the RNLI.  For more information on her recent visit to Portaferry Lifeboat Station clickrhere 


25 years ago the crew of Portaferry Lifeboat carried out the rescue of 3 persons in Ballyhenry Bay which was recalled in a documentary by BBC 999

Click here to view the recording


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 and Cloughey Lifeboat Stations can be found on our Local RNLI History page. Or click here

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 over 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 236 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 180 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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