The volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat launching seven times last year brought 14 people to safety including surfers, swimmers and a walker.
The figures are being released by the charity following returns of service from all 44 lifeboat stations in Ireland which show that over 1000 people were brought to safety by crews across the island for the 12 month period January – December 2012.
RNLI Operations Manager for Ireland, Martyn Smith, says: “The figures show that our volunteers dedicate a huge amount of their time to saving lives at sea. To know that they are on call every day of the year is reassuring for all of us who venture out to sea and on loughs around Ireland.
“While many callouts can be challenging, our volunteer lifeboat crews take the responsibility of bringing loved ones home very seriously.
“Not every callout is to save a life but the comfort and reassurance our volunteer crews bring to those in trouble is something the RNLI is very proud of and will continue to provide through the generosity of the public.
“I would like to say a huge “thank you” to all those who support the RNLI, whether by giving up their time or by making a donation.’
Lifeboat Operations Manager for Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Tony McGowan echoed Smith’s comments saying “Bundoran Lifeboat is on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week all year round and are always willing to come to somebody’s aid at a moment’s notice.
“The volunteer crew continue to train twice a week and spent almost 100 hours in the water on service and exercise last year.
“These statistics show that they take the business of saving lives at sea very seriously and always want to be prepared.”
He added “we would like to thank all those who have given so generously in the past 12 months to keep the lifeboat service running in Bundoran and we look forward to seeing many of them at our annual dinner dance which takes place on Friday February 1 in the Great Northern Hotel in Bundoran with tickets on sale now.
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