Northern Ireland

RNLI lifeboats launched 106 times in Northern Ireland

RNLI inshore lifeboat
Image caption RNLI lifeboats were launched more than 100 times during the summer

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) vessels were launched more than 100 times in Northern Ireland over the summer period.

Enniskillen RNLI station was the busiest, launching 23 times on Lough Erne during June, July and August.

Bangor and Portrush lifeboats were launched 18 times each.

The summer total of 106 launches across Northern Ireland was a slight drop on last year's total of 115.

Owen Medland, RNLI training divisional inspector 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 show 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 call-out that go on for a number of hours throughout the night and then will have to go to work."

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