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


To join our crew on their Facebook page click here

Our latest 'SHOUT'

18 July @ 22:21

Person un-accounted for on ferry

For more information please click here

Latest News
(please click on event where indicated)

Portaferry & District
Lifeboat Guild
(courtesy of Kirkistown Castle Golf Club)
Wednesday 5 August
For more information click here

'The Creative Peninsula'
1st to 9th August
(from 10am to 4pm)

Open Workshop and garden Wood Turning demonstrations
Tea, coffee and scones in aid of Portaferry RNLI

12 Dunevly Road, Portaferry
Tel: 028427 72418 for more information


Portaferry & District Lifeboat Guild

22 August

for more information click here

Male or female, aged 17 or over and live or work near Portaferry?
Click here to find out how

Photo: RNLI - Colin Watson

'Blue Peter V'


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.

Since the Station opened in May 1980 the Portaferry RNLI Lifeboat has been launched over 800 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 16 years can be viewed on 'Our Rescues' page.

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.

Some of the history of the Ballywalter and Cloughey lifeboats can be found on our Local RNLI History 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 this month's 'Stormy Stan' cartoon and beach safety information.

The RNLI is a charity registered in England & Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736)
Charity Number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland

Webmaster: Jim Brown - Webmaster@PortaferryLifeboat.com
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