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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Our latest 'SHOUT'

4 March @ 11:56

Shout No 5 - 4m RhIB Strangford Narrows

For more information please click here

Crewsaver lifejacket missing from Station
Presumed stolen between 2 March & 10 April
Any information to PSNI on 101
Quote Ref: CC2017041700737


NOTE - Our 'Blue Peter V' Atlantic 85 lifeboat is currently off station for a refit at the RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Workshops, Cowes.  
A relief Atlantic 85 lifeboat, 'Peterborough Beer Festival lll', is presently on station.

During 2016 Portaferry Lifeboat was launched 28 times on rescue services.
For RNLI lifeboat and lifeguard statistics during 2016 click here

News & Events
(please click where underlined or indicated)

Mayor's Charity Ball
Saturday, 27 May 2017
Clandeboye Lodge Hotel


View paintings by Darren (Duxy) Leahy in memory of the four crew members of the Irish Coast Guard helicopter
Rescue 116

that went down on 14 March off Blacksod Island, County Mayo

Selsey Lifeboat 47-031
'Voluntary Worker'
(named in Poole Sept 1988 by Portaferry Guild member the late Jess Brown)
has retired after 29 years service

Portaferry Crew
Car Wash
Saturday 13 May
11am to 3 pm
Outside Lifeboat Station


A date for your diary
Kirkistown Castle Golf Club
Thursday, 17 August 2017
Click here for latest information

We are currently recruiting new
Crew Members
If you are aged 17 or over and live or work near Portaferry and can volunteer some of your time to receive training then you could be a Crew Member.

For more information click here
Or if you want to discuss this opportunity with our Lifeboat Operations Manager, Brian Bailie,
please click here



Photo: RNLI - Colin Watson

'Blue Peter V'


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 18 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 and Cloughey Lifeboat Stations can be found on our Local RNLI History page. Or click here

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 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 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 236 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 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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