#Coastguard - The Irish Times reports that the Irish Coast Guard saved 161 lives since January this year.
It was also the busiest year on record or the coastguard search and rescue service, with 1,963 call-outs in the past 12 months, an 8% increase on the previous year.
Minister for Transport Leo Varakdar was due in Howth this afternoon to pay tribute to staff and volunteers with both the Irish Coast Guard and RNLI lifeboats for their invaluable work.
“Without these volunteers, it simply wouldn’t be possible to provide the same level of emergency response," he commented.
In more sobering statistics, 88 bodies were recovered from the water in 2012, which is the highest annual number ever recorded.
And hoax calls were also on the up, with an "unacceptably high" 325 of such calls logged since January.
The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.