Statistics show the real value of the RNLI

New figures demonstrate the crucial role of the RNLI as a life-saving organisation in the north of England.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 02 February, 2016, 11:30
Berwick lifeboat station

Seahouses lifeboat was launched 23 times in 2015, two more than the previous year.

Berwick lifeboat also launched 19 times during the course of the year, as well as providing a reassuring presence at events such as the Boxing Day dip.

North of the border, Dunbar and Eyemouth were ranked the fifth and 15th busiest stations in Scotland, with 22 and 19 shouts respectively.

In those operations, the Dunbar boats rescued 21 people, while the Eyemouth crew rescued 28, with the RNLI judging that two lives were saved by the teams’ actions.

The St Abbs station, which the RNLI withdrew its lifeboat from in September, saw 13 launches, saving one life according to the charity and rescuing seven people in total.

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More than 3,000 people helped by the RNLI in the north of England last year. The charity’s lifeboats in the north of England launched 954 times, rescuing 903 people

At its 33 RNLI lifeboat stations in the north rescued 903 people, saving 43 lives, during 954 rescue launches. RNLI lifeguards dealt with 1,721 incidents and helped 2,065 people.

The floods in Cumbria saw the Flood Rescue Team rescue 400 people between 5-7 December. RNLI volunteers travelled from across the north of England and North Wales to help.

Andrew Ashton, RNLI Divisional operations manager in the north of England, said: “The RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards have once again had a busy year and I want to thank them for their hard work and dedication to saving lives. However, they couldn’t carry out their crucial role without the army of fundraisers and other volunteers who raise money and awareness of the RNLI in their local communities – they are the lifeblood of our charity.”

The busiest lifeboat crews in the north of England in 2015 were: Fleetwood – 86 launches rescuing 61 people; Blackpool – 78 launches rescuing 21 people; Sunderland – 70 launches rescuing 93 people; Tynemouth – 68 launches rescuing 85 people.