Indian summer turned up heat for lifeboats
COUNTY Wexford's lifeboats were some of busiest in the country over the summer.
The long hot summer compared to last year's washout, led to a major increase in lifeboat launches in the county.
Courtown saw the biggest increase, rising from only one in the summer of 2012 to 13 in the summer just gone.
Rosslare Harbour rose from eight to 14 over the same period, while Wexford was only one up at five.
Only Kilmore Quay was down, with 10 launches compared to 13, while Fethard remained at three over the two summers.
The RNLI said its volunteer lifeboat crews launched 571 times during the months of June, July and August. The figure represents an increase of 43 per cent on the previous summer.
While many people were enjoying the prolonged sunshine and the hottest summer for a number of years, RNLI lifeboat crews were out helping those in trouble around the Irish coast.
The busiest lifeboat station in Ireland over the summer periodwas Dun Laoghaire which was called out 34 times.
'With more people travelling to the coast over the summer months RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews were busy keeping people safe. The commitment shown by our lifesavers that launched at all hours of the day and night in various conditions was outstanding,' said Gareth Morrison, RNLI Divisional Operations Manager.
'Not every lifeboat launch ends in a rescue and sadly some of our dedicated volunteer crews dealt with some difficult and challenging callouts.
Their professionalism and determination in bringing loved ones home when they get in trouble on the water is to be commended.'
RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews in Ireland have been involved in a number of dramatic rescues this summer.
In July, 30 people were rescued by Kinsale and Courtmacsherry lifeboat crews when the tall ship Astrid was blown onto rocks and was taking on water off the south coast.
Among those rescued were young sailors from Wexford and Gorey - Darragh Comiskey and Rose Lynch.
In waters not too far from the Wexford coast, the summer saw the Dunmore East crew involved with the Coast Guard helicopter Rescue 117 in bringing home the three brothers who drowned while out were fishing off Dunmore East in June.