RNLI rescue figures revealed

Figures have been released for the number of 2014 rescue operations carried out by Skegness RNLI. Photo: RNLI.

Figures have been released for the number of 2014 rescue operations carried out by Skegness RNLI. Photo: RNLI.

0
Have your say

Figures have been released for rescue operations carried out by Skegness RNLI last year.

The 2014 statistics reveal that crew members took part in 13 rescues, saving one life.

All weather lifeboat Lincolnshire Poacher carried out six rescues and 11 launches and inshore lifeboat Peterborough Beer Festival IV seven rescues and 24 launches.

Both boats were involved in saving the life of a kayaker in March who had fallen into the sea half a mile off Anderby Creek. The man had been in the water for almost an hour before being rescued.

The introduction of an RNLI lifeguard team on Ingoldmells beach last summer was credited for cutting down the number of call outs.

Lifeguards at Ingoldmells and Skegness took part in 26 rescues and 46 searches for missing people.

A lifeboat launch to deal with a stranded yacht near Gibraltar Point in August was on one of just a few call outs to rescue boats last year.

Skegness RNLI crew member and deputy press officer Adam Holmes said: “Last year the lifeboats were called out almost exclusively for missing people.

“This included people of a vulnerable nature, missing persons and swimmers known or thought to be in difficulty.

“2014 was a quiet year for us, but I think the 13 people rescued and the one life saved show what a vitally important service the RNLI provides off the Skegness coast, and how important the donations and the support we receive from people in Skegness and across Lincolnshire really are.”

Adam added: “The expansion of the RNLI’s lifeguard service to Ingoldmells beach last year has also had an impact on the number of lifeboat launches, resulting in many potential incidents being avoided before they became life-threatening and one of our lifeboats needing to be called out.”