Home

Newlyn  Image result for facebook logo

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.

 Press Release

______________________________________________________________

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.

Wilfie Stafford Cup

Wilfie Stafford Cup

IMG_7285

 

______________________________________________________________

NEW FUNDRAISING EVENTS FOR 2016 ANNOUNCED.  SEE FUNDRAISING PAGE

_______________________________________________________________

http://rnli.org/howtosupportus/getinvolved/events/Pages/Wexford-Sinfonia-Mayday-Concert.aspx

_________________________________________________________________

Tony Kehoe retires after 42 years service.

Tony Kehoe

_http://www.afloat.ie/blogs/island-nation/item/31959-a-fascinating-lifeboatman.-______________________________________

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.

Rosslare Harbour RNLI's photo.Rosslare Harbour RNLI's photo.Rosslare Harbour RNLI's photo.
________________________________________________________________________________

A few video clips from Irish Lifeboats in 2015

http://rnli.org/Pages/Video-Details.aspx?VideoItemID=fL7Eih3Q

________________________________________________________________________________

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.’

Ends

 

Information on the RNLI’s Respect the Water campaign is available here:
www.rnli.org/respecthewater

 

Key figures: Lifeboats in Ireland

1098 launches

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

Lifeboat Launches

People rescued by All-Weather lifeboat People rescued by inshore lifeboat Total People Rescued/Assisted
     
Achill Island 22 22 12 12
Aran Islands 41 41 50 50
Arklow 12 12 30 30
Arranmore (Donegal) 36 36 27 27
Ballycotton 8 1 9 2 1 3
Ballyglass (Mayo) 26 15 41 12 12
Baltimore 25 14 39 30 16 46
Bangor 45 45 77 77
Bundoran 20 20 17 17
Castletownbere 14 14 10 10
Clifden 25 24 49 7 13 20
Clogher Head 14 14 18 18
Courtmacsherry Harbour 17 17 38 38
Courtown 9 9 13 13
Crosshaven 42 42 50 50
Donaghadee 22 22 17 17
Dun Laoghaire 22 26 48 26 24 50
Dunmore East 9 9 21 21
Enniskillen Upper Lough 46 46 56 56
Enniskillen Lower Lough 28 28 33 33
Fenit 4 2 6 2 6 8
Fethard (Wexford) 9 9 6 6
Galway 23 23 14 14
Helvick Head 9 9 14 14
Howth 25 35 60 25 33 58
Kilkeel 14 14 12 12
Kilmore Quay 26 26 68 68
Kilrush 20 20 7 7
Kinsale 17 17 10 10
Larne 13 13 26 11 2 13
Lough Derg (Tipperary) 19 19 49 49
Lough Ree (Athlone) 47 47 130 130
Lough Swilly (Donegal) 9 11 20 17 6 23
Newcastle 7 3 10 5 1 6
Portaferry 18 18 22 22
Portrush 18 22 40 18 7 25
Red Bay (Antrim) 20 20 18 18
Rosslare Harbour 18 18 16 16
Skerries 10 10 16 16
Sligo Bay 21 21 21 21
Tramore 9 9 4 4
Union Hall 17 17 21 21
Valentia 13 13 38 38
Wexford 13 13 7 7
Wicklow 23 15 38 18 10 28
Youghal 12 12 10 10
     
Total 1,098 1,244

 

 

RNLI media contacts

For more information please contact Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Tel: 087 1254 124 / 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 087 6483547 email: Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org

 

RNLI online

For more information on the RNLI please visit RNLI.org  News releases and other media resources, including RSS feeds, downloadable photos and video, are available at the RNLI Press Centre RNLI.org/press

 

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)

 

____________________________________________________________

IMG_8452Matt Wickham and his grand children.

Matt was mechanic at Rosslare Harbour lifeboat for many years. 

 

 

 

 

____________________________________

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
Achill Island 11 11 5 5
Aran Islands 40 40 39 39
Arklow 7 7 20 20
Arranmore 38 38 41 41
Ballycotton 12 3 15 29 2 31
Ballyglass 8 4 12 9 2 11
Baltimore 20 16 36 26 16 42
Bangor 49 49 51 51
Bundoran 27 27 26 26
Castletownbere 14 14 7 7
Clifden 1 18 19 1 15 16
Clogher Head 11 11 19 19
Courtmacsherry Harbour 10 10 25 25
Courtown 6 6 7 7
Crosshaven 34 34 44 44
Donaghadee 27 27 22 22
Dun Laoghaire 19 37 56 29 26 55
Dunmore East 18 18 18 18
Enniskillen 37 22 59 50 7 57
Fenit 13 13 26 20 15 35
Fethard 10 10 5 5
Galway 33 33 15 15
Helvick Head 11 11 13 13
Howth 26 36 62 55 52 107
Kilkeel 18 18 19 19
Kilmore Quay 24 24 63 63
Kilrush 6 6 5 5
Kinsale 36 36 71 71
Larne 6 11 17 7 10 17
Lough Derg 18 18 43 43
Lough Ree 69 69 142 142
Lough Swilly 12 21 33 16 16 32
Newcastle 5 9 14 1 3 4
Portaferry 24 24 47 47
Portrush 14 17 31 13 15 28
Red Bay 22 22 36 36
Rosslare Harbour 10 10 15 15
Skerries 19 19 23 23
Sligo Bay 18 18 25 25
Tramore 16 16 9 9
Union Hall 1 1 0 0
Valentia 20 20 31 31
Wexford 6 6 4 4
Wicklow 22 17 39 36 18 54
Youghal 17 17 35 35
Total 388 679 22 1089 547 860 7 1414

 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.

________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Station Launches People Rescued
Enniskillen 56 82
Portrush 47 33
Red Bay 20 23
Larne 21 22
Bangor 31 23
Donaghadee 23 27
Portaferry 25 20
Newcastle 10 10
Kilkeel 22 5
Clogher Head 11 1
Skerries 20 21
Howth 46 78
Dun Laoghaire 58 67
Wicklow 26 35
Arklow 12 26
Courtown 15 33
Wexford 9 18
Rosslare Harbour 27 39
Kilmore Quay 43 76
Fethard 12 7
Dunmore East 15 20
Tramore 19 16
Helvick Head 18 32
Youghal 16 12
Ballycotton 28 10
Crosshaven 42 36
Kinsale 41 54
Courtmacsherry Harbour 14 27
Baltimore 37 29
Castletownbere 16 18
Valentia 20 33
Fenit 27 48
Lough Derg 20 33
Kilrush 13 7
Aran Islands 35 30
Galway 31 24
Lough Ree 29 64
Clifden 14 25
Achill Island 22 30
Ballyglass 11 18
Sligo Bay 14 19
Bundoran 14 6
Arranmore 32 33
Lough Swilly 25 8

 

 

 

 

 

________________________________________________________________________________________________

Click on  this link below. A compilation of Irish lifeboats on service in 2013. Put together by Nuala McAloon.

http://rnli.org/Pages/Video-Details.aspx?VideoItemID=xYTXAWP

———————————————————————————————————————————————–

17-43 and 17-45

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

 

 Kit costs…

All weather lifeboat crew member full kit  €1,343

Inshore lifeboat crew member full kit  €1,279

Lifejackets  €419

Gloves €10

 

 Estimated costs of a lifeboat launch – always dependent on length of service etc but estimated

All weather €8,800

Inshore €3,300

 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

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.

Donate to the RNLI

We appreciate any donations no matter how big or small they may be. If you would like to make a donation to the RNLI, please click here

Sea Area Forecast
Windguru – Rosslare
Local Tide Info
RNLI Desktop Launcher