Tuesday, 22 January 2013 12:03
RNLI lifeboats in Ireland rescued over 1,000 people
Dun Laoghaire RNLI lifeboats rescue 76 people in 2012
Irish lifeboats from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) launched 939 times in 2012 bringing 1,041 people to safety.
The figures are being released by the charity following returns of service from all 44 lifeboat stations in Ireland. The figures also show that the majority of callouts were to pleasure craft, which accounted for 482 of the callouts, while launches to fishing vessels were 115. Dun Laoghaire RNLI brought the highest number of people to safety with 76 individuals rescued by their volunteer lifeboat crews during 46 callouts.
Overall for Irish lifeboats, in comparison with the 2011 statistics, 2012 saw a slight drop in lifeboat launches from 983 to 939 but a rise in people rescued from 906 to 1,041, an increase of 135 in the twelve month period.
RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager for Dun Laoghaire Stephen Wynne commented: "The two RNLI lifeboats at Dun Laoghaire recorded a sharp increase in the number of people rescued in 2012, up to 76 for the year which we attribute to the nature of a number of incidents that occurred. Like our colleagues around the coast, station volunteers train weekly in preparation for a variety of situations."
The 2012 period in Dun Laoghaire included several call-outs that saw vessels with more than one or two crew brought to safety. On two occasions, two boats were involved such as the 13 people rescued on yachts returning from an Irish Sea race in Near Gale conditions and in another service, eight people on two power-boats in difficulties in separate incidents off Bray Head.
The current year is already unusually busy with four call-outs and ten people rescued. A Trent class (ALB) All-Weather lifeboat 'RNLB Anna Livia' and a D-Class (ILB) Inshore lifeboat 'Realt Na Mara' are stationed at Dun Laoghaire where there are 35 volunteers involved in lifeboat operations as well as fund-raising volunteers and a gift-shop.
Key RNLI figures in 2012
• On average 20 people a week were rescued by RNLI lifeboat crew in Ireland
• Altogether Irish lifeboat crews spent over ten thousand hours at sea on callouts.
• 51% of lifeboat launches were to power, sail and manual pleasure craft
• 14% of lifeboat launches were to commercial craft (fishing boats and other commercial vessels)
• 200 of the lifeboat launches were to boats with mechanical failure
• 73 callouts were to stranded or grounded vessels
You can receive alerts directly to your own PC desktop whenever the lifeboat launches on a rescue. The RNLI has a unique 'Virtual Pager' that will tell you whenever a station's crew has received a call on their own paging system.
For operational reasons, there is a delay of several minutes between the the real pager alert and the Virtual Pager going off. We also ask you not to go to the station while an operation is in progress. Click here for more details.