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PSNI And Other Agencies Training In Dundrum Bay

PSNI alongside their emergency colleagues in the RNLI, HM Coastguard and other agencies will be carrying out a multi-agency emergency training exercise in the Dundrum area on Saturday 9 September. There will be police and emergency services activity in the area, both on land and on the water, throughout the…

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Portaferry RNLI Launch Twice In Busy Weekend

The volunteer lifeboat crew at Portaferry RNLI responded to two calls for help over the weekend, one for a reported fire on a motorboat and the second to a casualty on board a yacht with a head injury. On Saturday 19 August, the pagers sounded at 12.36pm and a volunteer…

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RNLI Save Swimmer At Cranfield Beach

RNLI lifeguards rescue swimmer swept out to sea on a lilo off Cranfield Beach.  RNLI lifeguards have rescued a swimmer who got into difficulty off the County Down coast this afternoon (Wednesday 9 August). The lifeguards based at Cranfield Beach were alerted at 3.40pm by Belfast Coastguard that a swimmer was…

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RNLI Lifeguards Resume Summer Patrols

RNLI lifeguards will commence full time Summer patrol on 11 beaches in Northern Ireland this weekend. Following a busy period of intensive training in preparation for the new season, the lifeguards will be keeping visitors safe on eight beaches along three County Down beaches and the Causeway Coast. The beaches…

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Councillors Walker And Andrews To Row For Charity In Challenge Event

Once again the time is drawing near as ‘high noon’ approaches for Rowallene Councillors Billy Walker and Terry Andrews. They will be racing in St Ayles’ skiffs for two local charities… the RNLI and autism charity CAPAA. The gutsy councillors have to date raised significant funds for local charities in…

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Portaferry RNLI Bring Three Men Lost In Thick Fog To Safety

On Thursday 9 June 2016, a crew of RNLI volunteers from the Portaferry Lifeboat Station went to the aid of three men on board a four-metre dory who had become lost in thick fog close to Ballyhornan on the County Down coast. The launch request was received from the Coastguard…

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Portaferry RNLI Rescue Two Men On Yacht Stranded On Rocks

The volunteer lifeboat crew at Portaferry RNLI responded to a launch request from HM Coastguard on Saturday 30 April to go to the aid of two men on board a yacht which had run onto rocks in Strangford Lough. The Portaferry Lifeboat, an inshore Atlantic 85, launched at 9.22am and…

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Portaferry RNLI Help Search For Missing Diver On Strangford Lough

The volunteer lifeboat crew at Portaferry RNLI responded to a launch request from the Coastguard on Saturday 9 April to help search for an overdue diver. The man had been diving with a number of others in Ringhaddy Sound in Strangford Lough when he became separated from the rest of…

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Portaferry RNLI Rescue Nine From Yacht On Strangford Lough

The volunteer lifeboat crew at Portaferry RNLI were called into action on Saturday 22 August to the aid of a 40-foot yacht experiencing steering problems while sailing on Strangford Lough in County Down. The lifeboat crew were alerted at 4.32pm and the RNLI lifeboat, an Inshore Atlantic 85, was launched…

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Marathon Walker Takes On Britain and Ireland Coastline For RNLI

Over the years I’ve met a number of ambitious characters who pass through Ardglass, but none so determined as 22-year old Alex Ellis-Roswell from Kent. Alex is a man on a mission. He is walking round the coastline of Britain and Ireland – an appromiately 9500 miles journey on foot…

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Woman Found Safe After Multi Agency Search Near Strangford Lough

Volunteer lifeboat crew at Portaferry RNLI were called out on Wednesday 29 August to help in the search for a woman reported missing to police. The volunteer crew of the Portaferry lifeboat were paged at  5.00pm and the RNLI lifeboat, an Inshore Atlantic 85, was launched at 5.05pm. An RNLI…

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Portaferry Volunteer Lifeboat Crew Says Thanks After Carwash Fund Raiser

Portaferry Volunteer Lifeboat Crew Carwash Fund Raiser The Volunteers from the Portaferry RNLI Lifeboat Station would like to send a big thanks to everyone who attended and donated to their fund raising efforts last Saturday 1 November 2014. There was a constant stream of cars to be cleaned right from…

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Portaferry RNLI Launches Lifeboat To Help Injured Yachtsman

Portaferry RNLI was requested to launch its inshore lifeboat at around 2.30pm today (Monday 14 July) to a man who had suffered a head injury in one of the races during the Portaferry Sailing Club’s annual regatta. The lifeboat launched sped to the scene at 2.36pm and met up with…

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Portaferry and Donaghadee RNLI Crews Receive Awards In London

Crew members from both Portaferry and Donaghadee RNLI Stations in County Down attended the RNLI annual awards ceremony in London last week (Thursday May 22) to acknowledge their roles in a dramatic multi-agency rescue last year. And during the ceremony, Sam Cully, the fisherman rescued,  surprised the group on stage and…

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RNLI Recues 83 People in 2013 Off Down Coast

RNLI Lifeboats continue dto save lives in 2013. The latest figures released for the year indicate Kilkeel and Newcastle stations had a total of 32 launches and rescued 15 people.  In addition to these figures the RNLI Lifeguard area for Newry and Mourne aided 41 people while County Down helped…

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