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Busy time for lifeboats this summer
9:32am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
LIFEBOAT crews in Yorkshire were called out on 115 occasions this summer – 24 more times than last year.
Figures released by the RNLI show the charity’s volunteer teams made 21 launches from their Filey station, 20 from Humber, 18 from Whitby and 17 from Bridlington during June, July and August. They were also called out 12 times from Scarborough and 11 times from Flamborough.
Apart from Whitby and Scarborough, all stations made more launches this summer than in 2012. Across the UK and Republic of Ireland, lifeboats were launched 4,300 times – the highest level for 24 years – and lifeguards attended 14,814 incidents.
Gareth Wilson, the RNLI’s divisional operations manager in the north, said the fine summer weather led to a higher than average number of lifeboat launches. “Some stations were called out several times a day at the height of the summer to help people who got into trouble on a trip to the seaside,” he said.
But the RNLI said people had listened to calls for swimmers to stay between red and yellow flags, which meant incidents had not risen too sharply compared to the increase in beach-goers.
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