Our Equipment

To keep you safe and protective here is what we use to do it.

The EA-16 D-Class

The EA-16 D-Class inflatable boat is the work horse of Ballybunion Rescue. The boat is powered by a Mariner immersion proof 2 stroke 40 hp engine and is built by the RNLI to rescue spec in Cowes, UK. The boat cost in the region of €20,000 in 2009. This fast, light inflatable can be used in many locations but is especially suited to surf, shallow water and confined locations……all of which combined makes Ballybunion one of the most dangerous of rescue locations.

The boat was originally introduced by the RNLI in 1963 but has continually evolved ever since. 

Additional Information

Length –  5 meters

Beam –  2 meters

Displacement – 400kgs,

Fuel Capacity – 68 litres (twin 34 litre tanks)

Speed – 25 knots

Endurance – 3 hours (at max speed)

Construction – Hypalon coated polyester

Crew – 3

Survivor Capacity – 5

The Atlantic 75 (B-Class)

The Atlantic 75 (B-Class) is a Rigid Inflatable Boat built by the RNLI in Cowes, UK. The boat, which unlike other rescue boats, is built to rescue specifications and is solely built for rescue only and not pleasure use. The RIB cost the service €170,000 and was delivered in April 2010. BSCR’s Atlantic 75 is named the “Tommy C” after Tommy and Clara Duggan. The original Atlantic 21 was named the “Clara T” after the Duggan family of Ballybunion made the single biggest donation in the history of the service to go towards the A21. The committee of 2010 decided to was only right to continue to honour the family. The new A75 was officially named by Derek Nagle, grandson of Tommy and Clara.

The Atlantic 75 was first introduced in 1993 to replace the Atlantic 21. The A75 has many updates from the A21, the biggest one being the addition of a ballast tank that can be filled or emptied while the RIB is under way.

Additional Information

Length – 7.5 meters

Beam – 2.64 meters

Displacement – 1,450 kgs (With ballast 1,600kgs approx)

Speed – 33-36 knots (depending on ballast)

Engine – Twin 75 HP Yamaha two stroke

Endurance – 3 hours (at full speed)

Fuel Capacity – 182 litres (Twin independent 91 litre tanks)

Construction – Polyester glass reinforced fibre hull with marine plywood stiffening. Hypalon coated nylon tubes.

Crew – 3

Survivor Capacity – 20

Talus Launching Vehicle

Our New Launching Vehicle – this is an adapted dumper truck is 15 tonne in weight. Driven by hydraulics with is capable of gaining the depth needed in the surf to launch the Atlantic 75 rescue boat.

Landrover 130 defender

Landrover 130 defender is used primarily as a vehicle for towing the rescue boats to alternative launching locations. It is also a response vehicle, a shore search vehicle and a relay station if the boats are out of range from the rescue station. The vehicle is fitted with a plasma rope winch, emergency lighting and a roof rack for storage.

Off Site Search Trailer

Off Site search trailer – This trailer is used for searches which are away from the rescue centre. It is fitted with a small sink, seating and a storage area and is mostly used to give members an area to rest out of the rain in search situations.


Drysuit and Boots

Seagoing Gloves

Life Jacket



Thermal suit