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Sunday 18 August 2019

County Wexford lifeboats launched 29 times for summer emergencies

COUNTY Wexford's five RNLI lifeboat stations launched 29 times during the summer months in response to emergencies at sea.

The Kilmore Quay lifeboat had 15 assistance call-outs, the highest number in the county.

Rosslare RNLI launched a total of eight times; Wexford four, and Fethard three.

The Courtown lifeboat launched once for a major incident in June when a young man lost his life after a jeep plunged into Courtown Harbour.

The overall number of RNLI lifeboat launches in Ireland during the months from June 1 to August 31 was 377, down slightly on last year's total of 389.

Many of the emergencies involved people getting caught out by the tide and problems with boat engines .

There was an increased number of marine leisure incidents.

' This has been another busy summer for the RNLI despite the poor weather,' said a spokesman for the rescue charity.

' There have been some stories of incredible bravery and also of devastating loss,' he said.

'In all cases, our lifeboat volunteers have shown extreme professionalism and commitment.''

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