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Community Rescue Boats Ireland (CRBI)

LifeboatThe Community Rescue Boats Ireland (CRBI) are a nationwide group of independent voluntary rescue boats which are trained and administrated by Irish Water Safety. They are declared as available to the Coast Guard, who respond to emergencies in their area of responsibility on a 24/7/365 basis. These teams have traditionally been set up following drowning tragedies in their communities.

Map of rescue boat locations on a map of Ireland

  • Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry
  • Ballyheigue Co Kerry
  • Banna, Co Kerry
  • Bantry, Co Cork
  • Bunmahon Co Waterford
  • Cahore, Co Wexford
  • Carna, Co Galway
  • Corrib/Mask Lakes, Co Galway.
  • Derrynane, Co Kerry
  • Limerick City (River Shannon)
  • Mallow River Rescue, Co Cork
  • Schull, Co Cork
  • Tramore, Co Waterford
  • Waterford City River Rescue
  • Waterford Marine Search & Rescue.


There are a number of other Communities in Ireland that also operate Rescue and/or Recovery Craft which have not passed an IWS VAT Inspection nor are they recognised by the Coast Guard as a declared resource. The following list is where Irish Water Safety are aware that these communities have operated rescue/recovery craft. Their inclusion does not indicate in any way whether a boat or organisation will be found suitable for CRBI status in the future.

  • Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick
  • Blackwater Search & Rescue – River Blackwater,Fermoy
  • Blessington Reservoir, Co Wicklow
  • Bunratty Search and Rescue, Co Clare
  • Cahir (River Suir), Co Tipperary
  • Carrick-on-Suir River, Co Waterford
  • Cork River Rescue
  • Dublin City Fire Brigade, River Liffey
  • Dundalk, Co Louth
  • Foynes, Co Limerick
  • Foxford & District Search and Rescue Unit, Co Mayo
  • Killarney Water Rescue & Recovery
  • Lahinch, Co Clare
  • Lanesborough, Lough Ree, Co Longford
  • Lough Finn, Co Donegal
  • Lough Ree, Co Westmeath
  • Lough Ramor Rescue Boat
  • Meath River Rescue
  • Mountshannon, Lough Derg, Co Clare
  • New Ross, Co Wexford
  • Portumna, Lough Derg, Co Galway
  • River Boyne Fisherman's Search & Rescue Group, Co Louth
  • River Foyle, Co Derry
  • River Moy Search & Rescue
  • River Slaney, Co Wexford

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