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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During this COVID-19 pandemic we especially need your help

You can support our RNLI Voluteers here   Or visit the RNLI On-Line Shop here

 

Our latest 'SHOUT'

6 May 2020 @ 12:28

Shout No 4 - person in the water in Greyabbey Bay clinging to a small craft

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For RNLI life-saving statistics for 2018/2019 click here
 
If you are interested in the history of the lifeboat stations of the Ards Peninsula click here

 

 

 

 

News & Events
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IMPORTANT NOTICE
17 MARCH 2020

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus our Lifeboat Station will be closed to the general public until further notice.

Our Lifeboat Station and our Volunteer Crew remain operational 24/7.

Note - We regret that all visits by our volunteer Community Safety Team to schools or other venues will not be possible until further notice. We will advise on this website and on our Facebook page when we can resume our Community Safety education programme.

St. Joseph's Primary School from Strangford visited the lifeboat station on 13 February 2020

'Cuan Kids' play-group paid us a visit on 29 January 2020.

Thanks to everyone who supported our RNLI Quiz at the Smugglers' Table on 17 January 2020 which raised over £585

Kircubbin Integrated Primary School P3 pupils, 2nd Newtownards Scouts and Ballywalter Young Farmers visited the Lifeboat Station

Portavogie v Portrush 'Fishermans Cup' football match raised £325 for the RNLI

Fundraisers & Crew combined to raise funds for the RNLI at Ards Shopping Centre

The 'Lady Captain's Charity' of Kirkistown Castle Golf Club raised £5,573 for the RNLI

Jack Lowe from 'The Lifeboat Station Project' visited the station on 17th September to capture photographs of our crew.

Portaferry RNLI attended the Portavogie Seafood Festival

Portaferry Crew helped out at the GAA Hurling semi-final to promote the RNLI 'Float To Live' message

Killyleagh Yacht Club raised £1200 for the RNLI

4 Long-Serving Volunteers Retire
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If you have a group of children or adults who would like to visit our RNLI Lifeboat Station and learn about water safety then please contact our Community Safety Officer Ian Harrison here  

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

To visit our Scrapbook Page click
here

 

Portaferry Lifeboat

Photo: RNLI - Colin Watson

'Blue Peter V'

GENERAL INFORMATION

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 20 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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