In 2022, the Irish Coast Guard coordinated responses to 2699 incidents which is the second highest number in 5 years
The year in figures
- August was the busiest month, with a 10% increase compared to 2021
- The 44 Coast Guard Units were mobilised on 1141 separate occasions
- Coast Guard Helicopters conducted 829 missions
- Royal National Lifeboat Institution lifeboats were launched on 910 occasions
- Community inshore rescue service was launched on 96 occasions
- Critical assistance was provided to 559 persons
The Irish Coast Guard has published an end of year summary of statistics for 2022.
In 2022, the Irish Coast Guard (to date) coordinated responses to 2699 incidents which is the second highest number in 5 years. August was the busiest month with a 10% increase on the corresponding period in 2021. The incident count covers the range of services provided by the Coast Guard. These services are maritime search and rescue, maritime casualty and pollution preparedness and response. The Coast Guard also assisted An Garda Síochána in open country search and mountain rescue. Coast Guard also assists the National Ambulance Service in providing an Air Ambulance and Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) both inland and to the island communities.
Minister of State with special responsibility for the Irish Coast Guard, Jack Chambers TD said: “As we reach the end of another busy year for the Coast Guard, I want to thank all of the volunteers and staff for their professionalism and commitment. I want to particularly recognise the work of the Watch Officers at Rescue Coordination Centres in Malin, Valentia and MRCC Dublin, and Coast Guard support staff who to their great credit maintained an uninterrupted service throughout the Covid challenge. I look forward to meeting with the staff and volunteers of the Coast Guard to see this work at first hand in the coming weeks.”
Public safety messaging continues to be promoted via the www.safetyonthewater.gov.ie website.
Source: Press Release