Kilmore lifeboat saved more than any other
KILMORE Quay's RNLI Lifeboat brought more people to safety than any other lifeboat in the country last year.
Figures released by the RNLI yesterday ( Tuesday) showed that the Kilmore Quay Lifeboat launched 43 times during 2010, rescuing 85 people.
Kilmore Quay's lifeboat was the fifth busiest in Ireland in terms of launches, behind only Enniskillen (where the crews on Lough Erne launched 64 times and rescued 82 people last year), Crosshaven (54 launches and 67 rescues), Dun Laoghaire (50 launches and 60 rescues) and the Aran Islands (49 launches and 47 rescues).
However, Kilmore Quay had more rescues - 85 during its 43 call outs - than any other station in Ireland last year, when it received a new Tamar class lifeboat worth €3 million.
Rosslare Harbour's lifeboat had 13 launches last year, according to the RNLI figures, rescuing 25 people, while Wexford Harbour's inshore lifeboat launched five times and rescued two people.
In Fethard the lifeboat was also busy as it launched 25 times and rescued 20 people during 2010, while up in Courtown the RNLI crew were called out eight times, rescuing 12 people.
Nationally last year, RNLI lifeboats rescued 1,094 people in Ireland, launching 1,002 times, which represents an increase of eight per cent in the number of people brought to safety by Irish lifeboat crews compared to 2009 figures.
' These new figures show just how much time our crews sacrifice to help those in trouble at sea, but in addition, they spend even more time training, which is a further measure of their dedication and commitment.' said RNLI Divisional Inspector for Ireland Martyn Smith.
The RNLI is urging the public to respond to its own call for help by supporting RNLI SOS Day this year on Friday, January 28. To find out more log on to www.rnli.ie or call 1800-789589.