SOME SEVEN emergency launches were undertaken by the Skerries lifeboat during the summer months, according to figures released by the RNLI.
During one of the incidents in in August, Skerries RNLI launched to reports of a yacht drifting on to rocks in the vicinity of Skerries islands.The lifeboat quickly located a 26ft yacht with 2 people onboard. The yacht was taken under tow by the lifeboat and brought safely to Skerries harbour. Overall in Ireland launched 377 times, a slight drop on last year's total of 389.
The charity's volunteer crewmembers were involved in many different types of callouts to a range of casualties. Nationwide many of the launches were due to people getting caught out by the tide, problems with their vessel's engine or machinery, and an increasing range of leisure marine activities. However there were also a number of tragedies and many of the RNLI's lifeboat crews were involved in searching for missing loved ones or in bringing them home. The figures, which cover the period June 1 to August 31 and include all the charity's lifeboats across Ireland, are down three per cent compared to the 2011 figures, which may be due to the unpredictable weather over the summer months.
Owen Medland, RNLI Training Divisional Inspectorm said: ' This has been another busy summer for the RNLI despite the unpredictable weather. There have been some stories of incredible bravery and also some stories of devastating loss. 'In all cases our lifeboat volunteers have shown extreme professionalism and commitment. 'Each and every callout is different and conditions, location, duration and activity can all vary. In many cases our volunteers are involved in callouts that go on for a number of hours throughout the night and their employers support them in their volunteering.'