Figures this week have revealed that the region’s lifeboat services had one of their busiest ever summers.
The Berwick lifeboats - an all-weather vessel and an inshore boat - were launched nine times this summer. That figure is a third higher than the six launches in 2012.
The Seahouses lifeboat crew, on the other hand, saw less action than last year.
The Seahouses vessels were launched only 15 times in total. This is a marked reduction from 2012, which saw 22 launches.
In contrast to 2012, the wettest for 100 years, this summer saw beach goers basking in sunshine as temperatures topped 30C. Gareth Wilson, RNLI divisional operations manager in the north, said good summer weather generally leads to a higher than average number of lifeboat launches: “The more people are at the coast, going to the beach and taking to the water, the more calls there will be for RNLI assistance. Our volunteer lifeboat crews are at their busiest when the sun is shining and 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.”
Matt Horton, RNLI senior lifeguard manager, said: “Last year, poor weather kept many people away from our beaches but this summer long periods of sunshine led to visitors flocking to the coast. Our lifeguards have been kept extremely busy treating everything from minor cuts and bruises through to performing major first-aid and lifesaving rescues.
“Ninety-five per cent of a lifeguard’s work is preventative and this year, more than ever, the public has really embraced our key safety messages such as remembering to swim between the red and yellow flags.”