Busy summer for RNLI lifeboats in Donegal

Donegal RNLI lifeboats launched 24 times during the summer months in Ireland

Volunteer lifeboat crews in Lough Swilly launched 13 times, while Arranmore volunteers launched eight times and Bundoran launched three.

In its latest report the RNLI highlights a number of rescues over the summer during which the loss of life was averted.

The lifeboat crew in Lough Swilly were involved in rescuing a swimmer who had been swept out to sea off the Five Fingers Strand at Inishowen.

The lifeboat crew recovered the swimmer onto the lifeboat.  They were then winched onboard the rescue helicopter and taken to hospital.

Arranmore RNLI were called out in July to assist a group of divers on a stricken vessel.  The three divers and their vessel were taken back to safety at Burtonport.

Budoran lifeboat volunteers were called out to help a walker who became trapped on rocks while out walking at Mullaghmore.

The woman realised that the tide had caught her out and that she was unable to make it safely back to land.

Overall in Ireland life boats were launched 377 times, a slight drop on last year’s total of 389.