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Lifeboats have been stationed in Dundrum bay for over 180 years and the crews have been honoured with 36 awards for gallantry. The RNLI's Newcastle Lifeboat Station was opened in 1854 following numerous wrecks (including the stranding of the Great Britian in 1846). The Earl of Annesley MP paid for the boathouse. The station operates two lifeboats – an inshore D class lifeboat and an all-weather Mersey class lifeboat.

Fishing safety event

Fishing Safety event to be held in Kilkeel

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) have joined with the Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA), the Fishermen’s Mission and Seafish, the group responsible for the promotion of the fishing industry, to hold a fishing safety event in Kilkeel, County Down next month.

The event will be held at 11am on Friday 8th July 2016 in the Fishermen’s Mission centre in Kilkeel. It is open to all fishermen to attend and is free of charge.

RNLI Respect the Water campaign

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 RNLI Respect the Water campaign targets accidental drowning along Northern Ireland coastline

The RNLI today launches its annual national drowning prevention campaign, Respect the Water, and this year the charity is warning the public to watch out for key dangers that can catch people out in or near water.

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