From BBC News:
The Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) rescue service has saved the lives of 161 people in 2012.
Based on call-out figures up to 26 December, its staff and volunteers assisted almost 2,600 people in need of their help.
The also dealt with almost 2,000 call-outs, an increase of 8% on 2011.
In addition to its paid staff, the IRCG uses 900 volunteers to respond to emergencies and provide a 24-hour rescue service.
The IRCG is a division of the Irish Department of Transport’s maritime safety services.