Slight increase in launch of Lough Swilly rescue boat
With the hot summer just finished new figures have revealed that it was a busy year for the RNLI, although locally the figures were only slightly up.
The figures for the launch of the Lough Swilly boat reveals that it was launched 16 times during the summer of 2013 compared to 14 launches during the summer of 2012.
Throughout the country RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews 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.
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, which launched 26 times and Crosshaven in Cork, where the volunteer crew was out 25 times over the summer.
Some lifeboat stations showed a large increase in their call outs on the same period last year with Skerries, Wicklow, and Fenit lifeboat crews, which launched 17 times each, doubling their launches from last year. Courtown in Wexford went from launching once last summer to 13 times.