The long, hot summer of 2013 has been one of the busiest on record for Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) lifesavers.
Figures released today (Monday 23 September) show the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crews carried out 598 rescue launches in June, July and August. a 28.9 per cent increase on the previous year.
Across the UK and Republic of Ireland, the charity’s lifeboats launched 4,300 times, the most in 24 years and lifeguards attended 14,814 incidents.
Gareth Wilson, RNLI Divisional Operations Manager said good summer weather generally leads to a higher than average number of lifeboat launches.
He added: ‘The more people there 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.”