The scorching summer, stormy autumn and chilly spring of 2013 saw volunteer Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) crews across England rescue more than 1,000 people.
Statistics issued on Tuesday (January 28) showed there were 1,028 rescue launches from the charity’s 33 lifeboat stations in the north of England last year.
A total of 1,027 people were rescued. RNLI lifeguards on 29 beaches in the north responded to 2,252 incidents and helped 2,803 people.
Mablethorpe RNLI crew were involved in 124 incidents alone, helping 133 people.
RNLI Divisional Operations Manager in the north of England, Andrew Ashton, said: “The rescue statistics highlight vital work carried out by the charity’s volunteer lifeboat men and women. In 2013, more than 1,000 people returned home safely thanks to RNLI’s lifeboat crews in the north of England.
“Our volunteers save lives day in, day out, whatever the weather and when their pagers go off, they have no idea what might face them out at sea.
The long hot summer of 2013 meant it was one of the busiest summers ever for the RNLI’s lifeboat volunteers, with 58 per cent of the year’s rescues (598) occurring in June, July and August. Conversely, an exceptionally cold spring and stormy autumn may have kept people away from the water, reducing the number of call outs during these times.
The north’s RNLI lifeboat stations also took a battering during the high winds of early December. Several were flooded by the storm surge while others suffered damage which is costing the charity thousands of pounds to repair. Friday, January 31 is RNLI SOS Day – the charity’s community fundraising day. For more info visit: www.rnli.org/sos.