This web site
provides information about the 'life saving' work and history
of Portaferry RNLI Lifeboat Station and the fundraising efforts
of the Portaferry & District Lifeboat Guild.
Station opened in May 1980 the Portaferry Lifeboat has been
launched 793 times, rescued 661 people and saved 104 lives
Details of our
life saving 'shouts' for the past 15 years can be viewed on
'Our Rescues' page.
Our 'Links' page
is updated frequently and is a continuing source of useful nautical
and other local information for yachtsmen and others planning
to visit the area.
Lifeboat Station is located at Portaferry, County Down, Northern
is the home of 'Blue
Peter V', an 'Atlantic 85'
Our lifeboat was presented to the Station by
CBBC 'Blue Peter', a current and popular BBC Children's
Television programme for over 50 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
Royal National Lifeboat Institution
is a charity.
'National Institution for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck'
was founded on 4th March 1824 by Sir William Hillary from the
Isle of Man.
1854 the name of the institution was changed to the Royal National
the RNLI has 237 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
find out how you could join our Crew, assist us with fundraising,
or help the RNLI in other ways, please click
our younger surfers and 'Stormforce' members - click here
for this month's 'Stormy Stan' cartoon and beach safety information.