Figures released by the RNLI show that Irish lifeboats were launched over a thousand times last year to bring 1,094 people to safety.

The statistics indicate an increase of 8% in the number of people brought to safety by lifeboat crews compared to 2009 figures.

The busiest RNLI lifeboat station in Ireland last year was Enniskillen, where the crews on Lough Erne launched 64 times and rescued 82 people last year.

The next busiest station was Crosshaven in Cork where volunteer lifeboat crew launched 54 times and brought 67 people to safety.

RNLI Dun Laoghaire's lifeboats launched 50 times and the Aran Islands all-weather lifeboat launched 49 times - between them bringing 107 people to safety.

Kilmore Quay lifeboat station in Wexford - which last year received a new Tamar class lifeboat worth €3m - rescued 85 people during 43 callouts.