RNLI announces summer rescue statistics for the north of England

Wednesday 22 September 2010

Author: Alison Levett

RNLI announces summer rescue statistics for the north of England
Preliminary rescue figures* for summer 2010 issued today (22 Sept) by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) show the charity’s lifesavers in the north of England had another busy summer season.

June, July and August are traditionally the busiest time for RNLI lifeboat crews and this summer was no different. The figures show lifeboats in the charity’s North Division launched on average six times every day over the summer period – an increase of 71% on the annual daily average of 3.5 launches.**

RNLI lifeboats in the north were requested to launch by HM Coastguard 548 times during the three-month period, while the charity’s lifeguards responded to 937 incidents (rescues, first aid, lost children etc) in their second summer season patrolling some of the region’s most popular beaches.

The busiest lifeboat stations in the north were Skegness (39 launches), Sunderland (37) and Hartlepool (36). On the west coast, the busiest station was Morecambe (25 launches) followed by Blackpool and New Brighton (both with 15 launches).

The busiest beaches for RNLI lifeguards were Tynemouth Longsands (87 incidents); Mablethorpe (84); Scarborough South Bay (81); Skegness (78) and Bridlington South (75).

Andy Clift, RNLI Divisional Inspector, North, said: ‘Once again, the RNLI’s lifeboat crews and lifeguards have been kept busy at a time when most people are relaxing and taking holidays. Even though the weather this summer wasn’t particularly good and the beaches seemed a little quieter than normal, our lifeboat volunteers still had to deal with a greatly increased demand for their services in June, July and August.

‘I am very grateful to all our volunteer crews who are willing to leave their families or their day jobs at a moment’s notice to go out and help someone in trouble at sea. And I would also like to say thank you to those employers who allow RNLI volunteers to stop work each time their pagers go off - without their support and understanding, our charity would be unable to carry out its vital lifesaving role.’ 

Around the UK and Republic of Ireland, RNLI lifeboats launched 3,926 times during June, July and August while RNLI lifeguards responded to 12,911 incidents across 152 beaches.

The RNLI offers free all-year-round safety advice for sea users and beach visitors at www.rnli.org.uk

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the charity can log on to www.rnli.org.uk or call 0800 543210.

* RNLI lifeboat launch and lifeguard incident figures for summer 2010 are preliminary, with verification yet to take place. 

** Annual daily average for RNLI lifeboat launches in the charity’s North Division is 3.5. The RNLI’s North Division incorporates 33 lifeboat stations and stretches from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Skegness on the east coast and Silloth to West Kirby on the west coast. RNLI lifeguards patrol 23 beaches in the north of England.

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