Skegness RNLI team rescued 19 people and launched 45 times in 2012, new figures show

The RNLI in Skegness rescued 19 people and launched 45 times last year, according to statistics released by the lifesaving charity this week.

The figure is down slightly on 2011, which crew members have attributed to the summer’s poor weather.

Across the UK and Ireland figures were also down by 19 per cent, with 8,321 launches and 7,912 rescues.

Operations director Michael Vlasto said: “Despite this, RNLI volunteer lifeboat-men and women in the north of England spent a collective 6,577 hours at sea on service in 2012 and a further 4,307 carrying out training exercises at sea - a mark of their commitment to their lifesaving role.

“And it’s not just our crew who are committed to our charity - they wouldn’t be able to carry out their lifesaving work without the incredible generosity of the public.”

A chance to support the charity will be available this Saturday when the crew will be holding their annual SOS Day Car Wash. Motorists are invited to have their cars washed at the lifeboat station on Tower Esplanade between 8am and 5pm for a suggested £5 minimum donation, including free tea and soup.