RNLI figures show major increase in Irish lifeboat launches during busy summer

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Published on: September 26, 2013

RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews in Ireland were kept busy this summer, with the charity’s lifeboats launching 571 times during the months of June, July and August.  The figure represents an increase of 43 per cent on the previous summer.

While many people were enjoying the prolonged sunshine and the hottest summer for a number of years, Irish RNLI lifeboat crews were out helping those in trouble around the Irish coast and on inland waters at Lough Derg, Lough Ree and Lough Erne.

Baltimore Lifeboat station experienced a 50% increase in services this Summer making it the 4th busiest station in Ireland. Lifeboats were launched 24 times this Summer as opposed to 16 times in Summer 2012. (The all weather lifeboat had 15 services and inshore lifeboat 9 services)

The busiest lifeboat station in Ireland over the summer period (1 June to 31 August) was Dun Laoghaire which was called out 34 times. This was followed by Portrush in Antrim who launched 26 times and Crosshaven in Cork, whose volunteer crew were out 25 times over the summer.

Gareth Morrison, RNLI Divisional Operations Manager said: ‘With more people travelling to the coast over the summer months RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews were busy keeping people safe. The commitment shown by our lifesavers that launched at all hours of the day and night in various conditions was outstanding.

The lifeboat open day takes place next Sunday 29th September from 2:30pm – 5:30pm. The public are most welcome to come and see the new station house and lifeboats at Bullpoint.



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