Call outs for local RNLI crews down

CALLS to local lifeboat crews for assistance were down on last year’s numbers, new figures from the RNLI reveal.

The Arbroath crew was called out a total of six times during the summer months compared to 13 times during the same period last year.

This included two launches of the all-weather lifeboat and four of the inshore lifeboat.

In comparison the Broughty Ferry crew had a total of 22 shouts over the summer, down from the 32 call-outs they received last year.

The all-weather lifeboat was launched nine times and the inshore lifeboat 13 times.

However, the trend across Scotland was that launches were up four per cent from 399 shouts last summer to 417 this year.

This equates to Scottish lifeboats launching on average five times a day during the summer months.

The increase in activity coincided with a period of good weather along the west coast of Scotland, where the stations were busier than normal.

Much of the rest of Scotland endured a wet summer and there were fewer call-outs for stations such as Arbroath and Broughty Ferry.

The busiest station in the summer was Troon with 25 shouts, an increase of three on 2011.

The busiest inshore station was Queensferry where the volunteers had 21 shouts.

Significant increases were experienced by the RNLI at its stations in Largs, Mallaig, Tobermory and Campbeltown, on the west coast.

The charity’s newest lifeboat station, at Leverburgh on the Isle of Harris, had seven shouts.

And commenting on the figures, Paul Jennings, the RNLI’s divisional inspector for Scotland, thanked all the crews for aiming to keep people safe at sea.

He said: “Once again our volunteer lifeboat crews in Scotland have shown that they are committed and courageous individuals, on stand-by to save lives at sea come rain or shine.

“Behind the crews is a huge team of volunteers, the station management volunteers, shore helpers and fund-raisers, to whom we owe our thanks for ensuring that the RNLI can keep on saving lives at sea.”