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

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
10.56am 26 August 2020
10.06am 25 August 2020
10.00am 25 August 2020
4.39pm 23 August 2020
8.50pm 8 August 2020
8.50pm 8 August 2020
11.26pm 5 August 2020
11.38am 4 August 2020
1.59pm 2 August 2020
5.41pm 13 July 2020

Today's weather

8°C Cloudy
Min: 6°C Max: 8°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 People
Portaferry RNLI rescues two sailors after 36ft yacht gets into difficulty
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Article People
Portaferry RNLI rescue kayaker who gets into difficulty at Walter Rock
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Article Lifeboats
Portaferry RNLI launch to assist broken down boat
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Article Sea safety
Portaferry RNLI launch twice in three days
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Bring hope, even on the darkest days

Coronavirus has delayed crucial crew training and lifeboat maintenance. A kind donation from you could help keep our crews safe and ready to rescue. Will you give us hope this spring?