Northern Ireland

565 callouts for RNLI crews in Northern Ireland in 2014

RNLI inshore lifeboat Image copyright Rnli
Image caption RNLI lifeboats in Northern Ireland were launched 261 times during 2014

RNLI lifeboats and lifeguards answered 565 calls for help in Northern Ireland in 2014, the charity's annual statistics have shown.

Lifeboats launched 261 times to a variety of callouts.

The search and rescue operations saw 281 people brought safely to shore throughout the year by Northern Ireland's nine volunteer lifeboat crews.

Lifeguards helped 284 people on 10 beaches during the summer season.

They show that 35% of the rescue operations took place in darkness.

Enniskillen, which operates two bases on Upper and Lower Lough Erne in County Fermanagh and which is Northern Ireland's only inland RNLI station, was the busiest station.

It launched 59 times and brought 57 people to safety.

Portrush RNLI in County Antrim launched 31 times and rescued 28 people.

Meanwhile, the 10 RNLI lifeguard units, based on beaches in County Down and along the Causeway coast, responded to 251 incidents and assisted 284 people who found themselves in difficulty.

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