Decade’s quietest summer for Skegness RNLI - despite hot, sunny weather

The RNLI in action.
The RNLI in action.

Skegness’s RNLI lifesavers had their quietest summer for a decade - despite the warm weather making for one of the charity’s busiest years on record, nationally.

Across the north of England, figures released today show that volunteer lifeboat crews launched 598 times between June and August - a 28.9 per cent increase on 2012 and the third busiest summer on record.

In Skegness, however, crews launched just 16 times - down about 55 per cent on last year’s figures, despite the boost in coastal visitors.

“Considering the hot, sunny summer that we have had, it is surprising how quiet the lifeboats have been - in fact, it’s been our quietest summer for at least a decade,” said press officer Russ Matthews.

“To have bucked the regional and national trend to such an extent is certainly quite a surprise.

“Obviously being quiet is good news – it means less people are getting into difficulty at sea, and it means our lifeboat crew members (volunteers) are not getting called away from their work and/or families so often.

“It could also be a sign that our beach and sea safety messages are getting across – we do a lot of safety talks around the region to schools and boat owners, and the RNLI lifeguards on Skegness beach do a grand job educating, and preventing incidents before they happen.”

Nationally, the charity has linked the increased demand on the glorious sunshine which saw visitors flocking to the coast after last year’s dismal season.

RNLI divisional operations manager in the north Gareth Wilson said: “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 summer to help people who got into trouble on a trip to the seaside.”