Baltimore was the 4th busiest station in Ireland this Summer clocking up 8 services each for the inshore lifeboat, Bessie and all weather lifeboat, Alan Massey. The busiest station overall in Ireland was Enniskillen, which operates two inshore lifeboats on Lough Erne and two Rescue Water Craft who launched 23 times. They were followed by Dun Laoghaire RNLI in Dublin and lifeboat crews in Bangor and Portrush who all launched 18 times each.
The figures, which cover the period June 1 to August 31 2012 and include all the charity’s lifeboats across Ireland, are down three per cent nationally compared to the 2011 figures, but Baltimore experienced a dramatic increase in services from 12 shouts in 2011 to 16 in 2012.
So we have even more reasons to celebrate at our naming and dedication ceremony of our €3million Tamar class all weather lifeboat, Alan Massey next Saturday.
Thanks to Turlough O’Donnell for this super photo and to Best Photos of Baltimore for featuring the lifeboat all this week in the run up to our big day.
2011 saw RNLI Baltimore lifeboats launch 22 times to a variety of callouts. 33 people were rescued over the course of the year by volunteer lifeboat crews who spent over 740 hours on service at sea. 7 of the shouts occurred during the hours of darkness.
The inshore lifeboat Bessie was launched 9 times and the all weather life boat Hilda Jarrett 13 times last year. Later this spring Hilda Jarrett will be replaced by a new Tamar class lifeboat, the Alan Massey. Shoreworks are already underway to accommodate the new lifeboat on a purpose built berth at the Bullpoint Station.
Commenting on the 2011 statistics RNLI Deputy Divisional Inspector Gareth Morrison said: ‘Our lifeboat volunteers continue to show selfless dedication and commitment to saving lives. Some stations are extremely busy while others have less callouts but spend long hours at sea in awful conditions. There were some outstanding rescues last year including that to Rambler 100, in which Baltimore RNLI recovered 17 crewmembers off the upturned hull of the racing boat during the Fastnet race. Sadly there were also long searches for missing loved ones.
‘The work of the volunteer lifeboat crews could not be made possible without the generosity of the public who in difficult times continue to support Irish lifeboat crews. While these figures give an interesting insight into search and rescue by the RNLI on Irish waters they are by no means the full story. As well as working to save lives at sea the RNLI provides other programmes and services for the public including sea safety advice and clinics, education roadshows and visits to lifeboat stations.’
The 2011 figures are being released in the wake of the RNLI Lifejackets for Lifesavers campaign which will see every lifeboat station in Ireland take delivery of new specially designed lifejackets in September. The lifejackets have been commissioned by the RNLI for search and rescue work and have been given the seal of approval from lifeboat volunteers. The cost of providing the lifejackets for all 43 lifeboat stations in Ireland is estimated at €160,000.
Date: 28/09/2010 Preliminary figures* for summer 2010, indicate that RNLI lifeboats were requested to launch 312 times during June, July and August in the Republic of Ireland. Baltimore was the busiest station with a total of 23 services. Two lifeboats are based at the Baltimore station, Hilda Jarrett, an all-weather [...]