The Crosshaven Lifeboat was the busiest RNLI Inshore lifeboat in the Republic of Ireland this summer with 15 calls for help.
Statistics released for the summer period of June, July and August showed Crosshaven Lifeboat as the busiest RNLI in the Republic of Ireland.
In the island of Ireland, Bangor was the busiest station with 31 call-outs. The large population of leisure boats in and around Crosshaven kept the statistics high with mechanical failure being one of the main causes of lifeboat launches. In total, launches were up 12% on last year (424 times in summer period). The RNLI operates over 230 lifeboat stations with 43 in Ireland. It is independent of the Coast Guard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 137,000 lives. The RNLI is a charity registered in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.
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