In 2019 the RNLI had 238 lifeboat
stations throughout the United Kingdom and the
Republic of Ireland which were operated by over
5,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members.
There are 10 RNLI lifeboat stations
in Northern Ireland. These are located at
Portrush, Cushendall, Larne, Bangor, Donaghadee,
Portaferry, Newcastle, Kilkeel, Carrybridge (Lough
Erne) and Eniskillen (Lough Erne).
During 2019, RNLI lifeboats were
launched in UK & Irish waters a total of 8,941
times and aided 9,379 people. These launches included
those from the 46 stations around Ireland (including
10 in Northern Ireland) which were launched 1,088
times and aided 1,472 people.
In addition, during 2019 RNLI Lifeguards
patrolled 248 beaches along the coastline of the
UK & Northern Ireland, attending 17,356 incidents
and aiding 29,334 people. There are 10 life-guarded
beaches operating during the summer months along
the coastline of Northern Ireland.
On average, 95% of lifeboat crews
are volunteers. All the crew of Portaferry
Lifeboat Station are volunteers. Due to
the complexity of all-weather lifeboats, such
stations require a full-time mechanic to maintain
the lifeboat and the crew equipment to the highest
of safety standards.
More detailed financial information
can be found in the 2019 RNLI Annual Report which
can be found here.
To help raise funds there are over
23,000 voluntary community fundraisers and many
others who give safety advice, help in RNLI museums,
offices, shops and visitor centres.
Fund raising activities of Portaferry
& District Lifeboat Guild have included; coffee
mornings, golfing events, treasure hunts, duck
derby's, balloon races, fashion shows, lifeboat
dances/balls and sailing and rowing races.
Portaferry & District
Lifeboat Guild officers for 2019/2020
* President - Mrs Eveleigh Brownlow
* Chairman - Mrs Pat Browne
* Honorary Treasurer & Vice
Chairman - Mr Mike Miall
* Honorary Secretary - Mrs Kate
* Souvenir Secretary - Mrs Joan
If you would like to consider
joining our friendly team of fundraisers at Portaferry
RNLI Lifeboat Station, please contact one of our
members (if they are known to you or your friends)
or alternatively please e-mail us at;