Rosslare Harbour RNLI lifeboat was out on service on Saturday 26th November 2016, assisiting Arklow lifeboat in the search for a missing fisherman……… see Launches page.
A most enjoyable evening was held on the bank, over looking Rosslare Harbour on Saturday 23rd July.
Three teams of RNLI volunteers from Wexford, Kilmore Quay and Rosslare Harbour, gathered to challenge for the Wilfie Stafford Cup in Tug of War. After epic struggles, Kilmore Quay won out. The cup was presented by Mrs Trish Kavanagh to the winners.
NEW FUNDRAISING EVENTS FOR 2016 ANNOUNCED. SEE FUNDRAISING PAGE
Tony Kehoe retires after 42 years service.
Latest lifeboat LAUNCHES
Browse through the main R.N.L.I. website. Click here
A great friend to us all and to Rosslare Harbour lifeboat. Ollie Hickey R.I.P.
A few video clips from Irish Lifeboats in 2015
2015 RNLI Irish lifeboat statistics(2014 & 2013 statistics below)
RNLI urge people to Respect the Water as Irish lifeboats launch to 1,098 incidents in 2015
RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew in Ireland were kept busy in 2015 with 1,098 launches bringing 1,244 people to safety. At 45 lifeboat stations around the Irish coast and on inland waters, the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crew were on call in all weathers. Of the recorded launches, 416 were carried out in the hours of darkness.
Howth lifeboat station in Dublin was the busiest on the coast with 60 launches and 58 people assisted. The next busiest was Clifden RNLI in Galway, who are currently trialling an all-weather lifeboat to work alongside with their inshore lifeboat. They launched 49 times and brought 20 people to safety. The majority of callouts for Clifden RNLI’s all-weather lifeboat were to medical emergencies on the neighbouring islands; often assisting the Irish Coast helicopter crew. Dun Laoghaire RNLI launched their two lifeboats 48 times and assisted 50 people.
The inland RNLI lifeboat station at Lough Ree in Athlone had a very busy year recording the highest number of people assisted. The inshore lifeboat was launched 47 times and helped 130 people to safety on the huge lough.
In Munster, Crosshaven RNLI saw considerable activity with 42 launches and 50 people brought to safety. While in Northern Ireland, Enniskillen RNLI, which operates from two separate locations on Upper and Lower Lough Erne, were called on 74 times in total bringing 89 people to safety.
The first Shannon class lifeboat in Ireland, stationed at Lough Swilly in Donegal, was also put to work. It arrived in April and during the year the station answered 20 calls for help and brought 23 people to safety. The new lifeboat’s first callout was to three fishermen reported missing after failing to return home. Their vessel had lost power and they had drifted for hours waiting for help when the Shannon arrived on scene.
The type of incidents the charity’s lifeboat crew responded can range from danger of drowning (66 launches) to searches for missing people (54 launches), grounded or stranded vessels (126 launches) or people thought to be in danger or overdue (118 launches). Machinery failure and fouled propellers (251 launches) were again a common cause for callout.
There were also a number of callouts to four-legged casualties in 2015. Ten lifeboat stations launched to incidents involving animals and mammals last year, including a dolphin in Ballycotton, a horse swept into the river at Lough Derg, eight cows who became stranded and ended up in the sea off Kinsale and seven dogs around the coast who were reunited with their grateful owners. Many of these callouts can include a threat to people as they attempt to enter the water to save an animal and in turn get into difficulty.
Gareth Morrison RNLI Lifesaving Delivery Manager said; ‘Last summer the RNLI launched its national drowning prevention campaign, Respect the Water, warning people that the coastlines and waters can be dangerously unpredictable. This year we will continue to build on that and help inform those who enjoy the water and our beautiful coastline to take care and help reduce drowning.
In 2015 we had the honour of bringing the first Shannon class lifeboat home to Ireland. It was the first all-weather lifeboat class to be named in recognition of the contribution of the RNLI’s Irish volunteers, who have been saving lives in Ireland since 1826.’
‘Irish volunteer lifeboat crew, our fundraisers and supporters have again worked exceptionally hard serving our local communities. We would like to thank all of our volunteers for their hard work and dedication over the last 12 months. Without them our lifesaving service would not exist.’
Leesa Harwood, RNLI Community Lifesaving and Fundraising Director added; It’s humbling to see the lifesaving work of our volunteer crew and safety advisers – out of the 9,763 rescued in Ireland and the UK, 442 people are alive today because of their actions. The RNLI as a whole owes it to them to act with integrity and tenacity as we take move to opt-in communications from January 2017.
‘I’m appealing to all our dedicated supporters to help us by ticking our opt-in* box over the next few months – to hear about our rescues, our safety advice, and our events and help us save the lives of hundreds more in the years to come.’
Information on the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign is available here:
Key figures: Lifeboats in Ireland
1244 People rescued
Crew spent 9,342 hours on service calls
33 launches in winds above force 7
416 launches were in darkness
129 young people under 18 rescued
10 callouts involving animals/mammals
|Lifeboat Station||All-Weather Lifeboat launches||Inshore Lifeboat launches||Total
|People rescued by All-Weather lifeboat||People rescued by inshore lifeboat||Total People Rescued/Assisted|
|Enniskillen Upper Lough||46||46||56||56|
|Enniskillen Lower Lough||28||28||33||33|
|Lough Derg (Tipperary)||19||19||49||49|
|Lough Ree (Athlone)||47||47||130||130|
|Lough Swilly (Donegal)||9||11||20||17||6||23|
|Red Bay (Antrim)||20||20||18||18|
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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the Ireland and the UK. The RNLI operates 235 lifeboat stations around Ireland and the UK with 45 operational lifeboat stations in Ireland. The RNLI 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 140,000 lives.
Charity number in the Republic of Ireland 2000 3326 and registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SCO37736)
2014 RNLI Ireland lifeboat statistics.
RNLI give 1,414 reasons to respect the water as charity releases 2014 Irish lifeboat figures
Last year in Ireland the RNLI’s lifeboat crews launched 1,089 times, bringing 1,414 people to safety. The charity is calling for the public to think ahead and never underestimate the strength and power of the sea and inland waters as it today (Wednesday 28 January) releases its 2014 lifeboat launch and rescue statistics, based on detailed returns of service, from each of its 45 lifeboat stations in Ireland. The figures show more people are getting into difficulty on leisure craft and the charity has advised that proper safety advice and maintenance is vital to ensure people stay safe on the water.
The busiest lifeboat station in Ireland last year was Lough Ree RNLI in Athlone. The charity’s lifeboat crew there launched 69 times and brought 142 people to safety. This was followed by Howth RNLI which had 62 launches and brought 107 people to safety, had their busiest year ever. Enniskillen RNLI on Lough Erne, which operates two separate lifeboat stations on the upper and lower lough, also had a busy year with 59 calls for assistance and 57 people brought ashore. Dun Laoghaire RNLI in south Dublin launched 56 times and brought 55 people to safety, while lifeboat crews on the Aran Islands off Galway and Arranmore Island off Donegal launched 78 times, helping 80 people.
While lifeboat launch figures remain largely the same as last year there has been a 10% increase in the amount of people brought to safety by lifeboats. The types of call outs that the RNLI responded to last year included aid to leisure craft users (536), assistance to fishing vessels (140) help to people who got into difficulty along the shoreline (119) and to people in the water (185).
Commenting on the figures RNLI Operations Manager Owen Medland said: ‘These figures are based on every lifeboat station in the RNLI returning a detailed service report and are a valuable insight into what our volunteer lifeboat crews are facing when they launch and what conditions they face. Overall 35% of our lifeboat call outs were carried out in the hours of darkness. Almost half of the call outs last year were to leisure vessels and of these call outs many were to groundings and engine problems. Breaking down at sea or on a lough can be a frightening experience. Weather and darkness can turn a bad situation very serious in a matter of minutes. Nobody who sets out thinks anything bad will happen but calling for help early is always the right choice.
Our volunteer lifeboat and shore crews have shown the commitment and courage we have come to rely on them for, but we must also thank our supporters and fundraisers, who work tirelessly to ensure the charity, which is dependent on donations from the public continues. There are also hundreds of employers around the country who let our lifeboat crews drop what they are doing and respond to a call out. We would not be able to run this service without them and we are extremely grateful to them for that.’
2014 also saw the introduction of the RNLI’s 45th lifeboat station in Ireland, when in November, Union Hall RNLI in south west Cork went on trial for a 24 month period. This year Lough Swilly RNLI in Buncrana, County Donegal will become the first station in Ireland to receive the new Shannon class lifeboat. The €2.4M lifeboat, which is due to arrive later this year, is the first class of lifeboat to be named after an Irish river, recognition by the charity of the role of Irish lifeboat crews and volunteers throughout the history of the RNLI.
Last year the charity marked 190 years of lifesaving and the RNLI is aiming to reduce coastal drowning significantly by 2024. To do this the charity will be expanding its preventative work and will launch Respect the Water, engaging with water users on how to stay safe and maintain their equipment. Water Safety advice is available on rnli.org/safety.
|Name||All Weather Lifeboat||Inshore Lifeboat||Rescue Water Craft||Total||All Weather Lifeboat||Inshore Lifeboat||Rescue Water Craft||Total|
|Launches||Launches||Launches||Launches||People Rescued||People Rescued||People Rescued||People Rescued|
2013 figures below……
A few statistics for 2013….
RNLI lifeboats in Ireland bring 1,278 people to safety in 2013
RNLI lifeboats in Ireland launched 1,087 times in 2013 bringing 1,278 people to safety. The figures released by the charity today (Tuesday 28 January) are based on returns of service from all 44 lifeboat stations in Ireland.
The statistics show that the majority of last year’s call outs were to pleasure craft which accounted for 583 services, while there were 138 launches to fishing vessels.
Dun Laoghaire RNLI’s all-weather and inshore lifeboats had the most launches in 2013, with its crew rescuing 67 people during 58 call outs.
Enniskillen RNLI, which operates from two inland stations in Fermanagh, brought the most people to safety, with 82 individuals rescued from 56 call outs. More than half of those services were carried out in the dark.
Portrush RNLI in county Antrim had 47 call outs bringing 33 people to safety while the volunteer crew in Howth launched their two lifeboats 46 times last year rescuing 78 people.
It was also a busy year for Kilmore Quay in county Wexford which operates a Tamar class lifeboat – the most technologically advanced in the Irish fleet. The lifeboat crew there rescued 76 people during 43 call outs. Further south in county Cork, inshore lifeboat stations at Crosshaven and Kinsale launched 42 and 41 times respectively bringing 36 people to safety in Crosshaven and 54 in Kinsale.
The charity’s lifeboat crews also had 142 call outs to people classed as ashore. These services included assisting people who were ill or injured on an island, cliff or the shoreline, where access by lifeboat was the fastest or safest way to reach the casualty.
On 10 occasions, lifeboat crews were also called upon to rescue animals in 2013. These included four dogs, two sheep, a cow, two whales and a dolphin.
In a year when Ireland enjoyed one of its hottest summers, the overall statistics show an increase of 132 lifeboat launches in 2013, up from 955 in 2012 to 1,087. There was also an upsurge in the number of rescues with 221 more people brought to safety over the 12 month period.
Throughout the year, there were some dramatic and challenging call outs for the lifeboat crews.
Click on this link below. A compilation of Irish lifeboats on service in 2013. Put together by Nuala McAloon.
Relief boat, RNLB The Duke of Kent(17-45) along side RNLB Donald and Barbara Broadhead in the lifeboat pen. Rosslare Harbour’s Severn class lifeboat has travelled to Girvan in Scotland for essential repairs. Due back before Christmas.
Latest lifeboat LAUNCHES
Here are a few interesting costs…..
D Class Lifeboat €47,000
Atlantic 85 €244,000
Shannon Class Lifeboat €1.8m
To train a volunteer lifeboat crew member for a year is €1,502
Lifeboat Station annual costs
Inshore lifeboat station €108,000
All weather lifeboat station €257,000
All weather lifeboat crew member full kit €1,343
Inshore lifeboat crew member full kit €1,279
Estimated costs of a lifeboat launch – always dependent on length of service etc but estimated
All weather €8,800
Six out of ten launches are made possible through legacies.
Rosslare Harbour lifeboat station was host on 16th April 2013
to a Shannon class lifeboat
currently on sea trials… The visit lasted two hours before she set sail for Appledore in Cornwall.
The crew were anxious to return to the UK mainland ahead of a storm forecast for later this evening.
Rosslare Harbour/Kilrane Sea Scouts visited the station on 16th April & were given a guided tour of the lifeboat & the station.
Rosslare Harbour Lifeboat station had a refueling stopover from Tamar 16-25, RNLB Kiwi en route to Moelfre, N.Wales via Arklow.
RNLB Kiwi arrived 16.15 this Sunday 3rd March, refueled & resumed her journey to Arklow for the night. RNLB Kiwi had come up from St Marys, Scilly Isles.
Key RNLI figures in 2012
• RNLI lifeboats launched 8,321 times
• RNLI lifeboats rescued 7,912 people
• RNLI lifeguards responded to 14,519 incidents
• RNLI lifeguards assisted 16,414 people
• The RNLI Flood Rescue Team deployed 12 times
• 4,073 (49%) lifeboat launches were to recreational craft
• 798 (10%) lifeboat launches were to commercial craft (fishing boats and other commercial vessels)
• 1,489 (18%) lifeboat launches were to boats with mechanical failure
• Tower lifeboat station had the most launches overall and the most for an inshore lifeboat
• Southend-on-Sea had the most launches for a coastal lifeboat station
• The two new RNLI stations, Leverburgh and Lough Ree, had 11 and 14 launches respectively.
Flashing beacon installed to alert the public as to when the Lifeboat is at sea on service.
The beacon is sited on the corner of Murphy’s Supervalu in Rosslare Harbour Village.
Many thanks to Des & Alan Murphy.
The RNLI exists with over 235 lifeboat stations around the coast of the UK and Ireland, with over 4,500 volunteer crew members and shore crew on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The RNLI is supported entirely by donations & legacies and does not receive any funding from the Irish Government. There has been a lifeboat station in Rosslare Harbour since 1896 and before that the lifeboat was stationed at Rosslare Point.
Today’s Lifeboat Station is located within the confines of Rosslare Europort. The Severn Class lifeboat is moored in a specially constructed ‘pen’ adjacent to the Lifeboat house. The station has over 20 volunteer crew members. These can be seen on the Crew page.
Rosslare Harbour Lifeboat was launched nineteen times in 2012. Check out Services page and find out a little bit more of what we do.
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