Portaferry Lifeboat Station photographed by Andrew Johnstone

Portaferry Lifeboat Station

Portaferry is one of seven RNLI lifeboat stations operating a lifeboat funded by viewers of the BBC television programme Blue Peter. The station was established due to the increase in pleasure boating activity in the Strangford Lough area and when Cloughey Lifeboat Station closed.
RNLI pager on a chart with a pair of dividers

Latest lifeboat launch

Recent launches from Portaferry Lifeboat Station

4.01pm 7 June 2021
5.56pm 26 May 2021
11.21pm 25 May 2021
5.22pm 15 May 2021
8.00pm 27 April 2021
3.17pm 15 April 2021
11.57am 3 April 2021
8.56pm 2 April 2021
10.45am 15 March 2021
10.36am 15 March 2021
1.51pm 13 January 2021
4.34pm 2 January 2021
6.59pm 13 November 2020
3.45pm 12 November 2020
2.52pm 27 September 2020
3.31pm 18 September 2020
11.23am 2 September 2020
2.53pm 31 August 2020
4.29pm 30 August 2020
2.32pm 30 August 2020

Today's weather

13°C Rain
Min: 6°C Max: 13°C
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While our lifeboat stations remain operational and are continuing to launch to those at peril at sea, they are not currently open to visitors. 

Visitor information and facilities

Station address

Portaferry Lifeboat Station
RNLI Lifeboat House
The Strand
Co Down
Northern Ireland
BT22 1PF

Station phone number

02842 728710

Visiting times

Visits are subject to volunteer availability and may be arranged by appointment.

Visitor contact

Ian Harrison

Visitor contact email


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News and media from Portaferry Lifeboat Station

Article Fishing Safety
Portaferry RNLI launches to aid of fallen person.
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Portaferry inshore lifeboat launch to speedboat with four people on board
Article People
Portaferry RNLI launch to speedboat with four people on board
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Article People
Portaferry RNLI rescue two sailors after 35ft yacht breaks down
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Article People
Portaferry RNLI rescues two sailors after 36ft yacht gets into difficulty
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Will you answer our Mayday call?

RNLI lifesavers are used to answering emergency calls, but today they’re putting out a call of their own. Your kind donation could help them carry on saving lives during their busiest time. Will you answer that call?