RNLI statistics show record year

Crew members at RNLI Arbroath with the two guys rescued from their jet ski incident sitting at the front of the boat, they are Ben Thomson and Gavin Smith.
Crew members at RNLI Arbroath with the two guys rescued from their jet ski incident sitting at the front of the boat, they are Ben Thomson and Gavin Smith.

THE RNLI have released statistics showing that Arbroath and Broughty Ferry were among the busiest stations in Scotland during a record life-saving year.

Their statistics show that in Scotland a total of 1,008 call outs were made with 1,055 people rescued.

In Broughty Ferry, which was found to be the busiest lifeboat station for the second consecutive year, a total of 37 people were rescued in 103 launches.

Arbroath is in sixth place out of 46 Scottish stations with a total of 41 launches and 23 lives saved.

Lifeboat crews in Arbroath and Broughty Ferry spent over a thousand hours at sea on call outs during 2012

The RNLI’s regional operations manager for Scotland, Andy Clift, said: “The figures show that our volunteers dedicate a huge amount of their time to saving lives at sea. To know that they are on call 24/7, every day of the year, is reassuring for all of us who venture out to sea around the Scottish coast.

“They spent the equivalent of 643 days on service and on exercise and rescued a record number of people in Scotland in a year.”

For the full story pick up a copy of the Arbroath Herald or the Guide & Gazette on Friday.