Lifeboat's official service area covers all of the waters
of Strangford Lough and the Irish Sea waters up to five
nautical miles offshore between Burr Point, Ballyhalbert,
Co. Down to St. Johns Point, Co. Down. Sometimes
this area is extended when working with flanking lifeboat
hazards in the area include off-shore reefs, half-tide
rocks and numerous pladdies and islands within Strangford
Lough. In addition, tidal flows in the Strangford
narrows can reach 8 knots on spring tides, causing
dangerous overfalls at the entrance to Strangford Lough
(The Strangford Bar) especially in windy conditions
(East through South) during ebb tides.
occasions, additional assistance is necessary from flanking
all-weather lifeboat stations at Donaghadee RNLI,
to the North and Newcastle RNLI, to the South.
stations have long histories of life saving work. (click
on station to go to their web-site)
Lifeboat Station celebrated their 175th anniversary
in the year 2000 and Donaghadee their 100th in 2010.
Lifeboat Station has an all-weather 'Trent' class lifeboat
an all-weather 'Mersey' class lifeboat and a 'D class'
is a high level of commercial shipping activity in the
station's Irish Sea service area that also includes
two of the three main fishing ports in Northern Ireland,
Ardglass and Portavogie.
paths of aircraft to and from three local airports and
those in two high level intercontinental air corridors
which intersect the area mean that there are approximately
300 aircraft movements over some part of the service
area during an average day.