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'

7 November 2022 @ 14:20

Shout No 10

2 persons rescued from an inflatable kayak

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To request 'Water Safety' talks, lifeboat station visits, life-jacket clinics, etc, find out here  


For the 2021 RNLI Annual Report click here

News & Events
(please click where underlined or indicated)

'Quiz Night' at The Port, Portaferry
Tuesday 29 November @ 8pm

Wine Tasting & Canape Evening
at 'The Cuan' Strangford

18 Portaferry RNLI Volunteers receive awards

RNLI Fisherman's Cup Football match
Portrush FC v Portavogie Rangers FC

Portaferry Lifeboat crew enter the
'Paper Boat Race'

Joan Peacock recognised for over 20 years of fundraising

Pat Browne awarded the BEM in the Queen's Birthday Honours

Portavogie New Year's Dip raises £810


If you are interested in the history of the lifeboat stations of the Ards Peninsula you can find this here

Our station's 'Scrapbook Page' contains a history of the earlier years of Portaferry Lifeboat - 'Blue Peter V'  Find out here



Portaferry Lifeboat

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 22 years can be viewed on 'Our Rescues' page. Or 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. Information here.

Some of the history of the former Ballywalter, Cloughey and the Cloughey/Portavogie, Donaghadee and Groomsport lifeboat stations can be found here or on our Local RNLI History page. 

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 60 years.

Funding for our 'Blue Peter V' was achieved through the efforts of children throughout the United Kingdom and beyond. Both of our previous Blue Peter lifeboats were funded by CBBC 'Blue Peter' and were all 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 238 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 many RNLI life-guarded beaches during the summer months.

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 you can find out beach and water safety infromation here

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea
The Royal National LIfeboat Institution, a charity registered in England & Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736), the Republic of Ireland (20003326), the Bailliwick of Jersey (14), the Isle of Man (1308 and 006329F), the Bailliwick of Guernsey and Alderney, of West Quay Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1HZ

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