Two brothers who set out to circumnavigate Ireland in a 5m open boat (above) in aid of the lifeboat service never anticipated that they would face such wintry weather. Photograph: aluggerroundireland Facebook page.

Two brothers who set out to circumnavigate Ireland in a 5m open boat in aid of the lifeboat service never anticipated that they would face such wintry(...)

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is releasing two videos as part of a new drowning prevention campaign. Photograph: Getty Images/Design Pics 1:08

Dangerously unpredictable conditions in water and the impact of “cold shock” are themes of two hard-hitting film clips which the Royal National Lifebo(...)

Some members of the crews taking part in a circumnavigation of Ireland to raise awareness of sailing for people with disabilities. Front row: Gary Crothers (skipper of yacht Kind of Blue and committee member of Foyle Sailability. He lost the use of his left arm after a car crash) and Aideen Corr (Kind of Blue crew and Foyle Sailability committee member who has Parkinson’s disease). Back row, from left: Ken Curry (Kind of Blue crew), Luke Farren (Dream Machine crew), George McCormick (Dream Machine skipper), Kim Banks (Aaraura crew) and Vicki Smith (Aaraura crew). Photograph: Trevor McBride

Sailors of varying levels of ability are taking part in a circumnavigation of Ireland from Greencastle, Co Donegal, to raise awareness of sailing for (...)

The research, supported by the Irish Sailing Association, will examine what motivates sailors, how often they go to sea, their experience and training, awareness of potential hazards and use of safety procedures and equipment. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has appealed to recreational sailors to assist in new research exploring attitudes towards risk and (...)

The Cemfjord cargo ship after it overturned off the north coast of Scotland. . Photograph: RNLI Wick/PA

Eight crew members of a cargo ship that capsized in heavy seas in the Pentland Firth are presumed lost after a huge search operation failed to find th(...)

The Hoegh Osaka, which ran aground in the Solent between Southampton and the Isle of Wight. The 25 crew members have been rescued. Photograph: Gerry Penny/EPA

A car carrier stranded next to a busy shipping lane was grounded deliberately to prevent it from capsizing, its owners have said.The 51,000 tonne Hoeg(...)

Four coxswains, four mechanics, four navigators and 16 all-weather lifeboat crew have been trained to respond to call-outs on the new vessel. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Connemara coastline has been allocated an all-weather lifeboat on a 12-month trial basis by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).The Mer(...)

Ireland’s first Tamar class lifeboat, stationed at Kilmore Quay, makes short work of the heavy swells off south east Ireland.

An outdoor exhibition showcasing photographs of the work of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has gone on display in Grand Canal Squar(...)

Steve Redmond who hopes to raise funds for the RNLI as he becomes the person to swim from Ireland to Wales. Photograph: WorldReach PR /PA Wire

At around 10pm tonight Corkman Steve Redmond will head out for a swim...across the channel!Leaving from Carne Beach in Wexford he will attempt the gru(...)

Quiet heroes

They are quiet heroes: volunteers in the lifeboat and mountain rescue services who give freely of their time, put their lives at risk and contribute t(...)