The Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) is part of the Department of Transport. The Irish Search and Rescue Region, which includes most of the Republic of Ireland and parts of Northern Ireland is the area over which the coast guard has authority. This area is bounded by the UK Search and Rescue Region.
Safetyonthewater.ie was set up as an initiative of the Marine Safety Working Group. The aim of the group is to promote water safety. The group is made up of a number of organisations representing statutory bodies, search & rescue organisations and water users.
Respect the Water is the RNLIs 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.
Situated on Northern Ireland's famous Causeway coast, Portrush Lifeboat Station has been operating for over 145 years and the crews have been presented with 28 awards for gallantry. Today the station operates both an inshore and an all-weather lifeboat.
Situated on the north east coast of County Down, Donaghadee has had a lifeboat station for over 95 years and the crews have been presented with three awards for gallantry. The station now operates an all-weather Trent class lifeboat.
Portaferry is one of seven RNLI lifeboat stations operating a lifeboat funded by viewers of the BBC television programme Blue Peter. The station was established due to the increase in pleasure boating activity in the Strangford Lough area and when Cloughey Lifeboat Station closed.
A lifeboat has been stationed at Newcastle for over 180 years and the crews have been honoured with 36 awards for gallantry. Today the station operates two lifeboats an inshore D class lifeboat and an all-weather Mersey class lifeboat.
Celebrating 100 years as a lifeboat station, Skerries has been operating as an inshore lifeboat station for nearly 25 years. Launching from the thriving fishing town, the B class Atlantic 85 lifeboat provides cover for part of the east coast of Ireland.
For nearly 150 years the lifeboat station at Wicklow has provided search and rescue cover off the scenic east coast of County Wicklow. Today's station operates two lifeboats - an inshore D class and an all-weather Tyne class lifeboat.
For over 160 years, Rosslare Harbour has seen lifeboats stationed at both Rosslare Fort and Wexford and the crews have been presented with over 35 awards for gallantry. Today a Severn class lifeboat covers the south east tip of Ireland.
Over nearly 150 years as a lifeboat station the crews at Ballycotton have been presented with 19 awards for gallantry, the most recent in 2002. For another rescue in 1936, Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals were all awarded.
A lifeboat station has been established at Baltimore for over 85 years where fishing, water sports and the sea have played an important part of the area's history. Over the years the crews have been presented with 15 awards for gallantry.
This site is dedicated to the remarkable 44' Motor Lifeboats designed by the U.S. Coast Guard. The RNLI acquired the USCG 44328 in 1964 and built a further 21, naming the class "Waveney" after the river in which the first boats were built.