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.
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
Some of the history
of the Ballywalter and Cloughey lifeboats can be found on our
Local RNLI History page.
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 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
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.