Call-out surge for lifeboats
Recreational use of boats is increasing the rate of accidents and putting pressure on the rescue services.
More than 1,000 people were saved by Irish lifeboats last year, new figures show.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution said launches were up 13pc on the previous year.
Gareth Morrison, the charity's deputy divisional inspector, blamed the rise on an increase in people taking boats out for fun. "More people are using the sea and inland waters for recreation and demand for lifeboats continues to be high," he said.