Local lifeboats are the busiest

Arbroath's all-weather lifeboat, RNLB 'Inchcape'.
Arbroath's all-weather lifeboat, RNLB 'Inchcape'.

Local lifeboats were the busiest in Scotland over 2013, new figures revealed today show.

The Broughty Ferry RNLI crew were called out a total of 105 times with half of those incidents taking place during darkness.

And out of the 32 people rescued, five people’s lives were saved.

In addition the second busiest station during 2013 was Arbroath, with their lifeboats being launched a total of 53 times throughout the year.

The all-weather lifeboat was launched 24 times while the inshore boat was called out on 29 occasions.

This adds up to a total of 21 people being rescued and one life saved, with three people who were rescued by the crew also receiving first aid treatment.

And Andy Clift, regional operations manager at the RNLI for Scotland, say the figures show the dedication and bravery of the volunteer crews.

He explained: “These figures illustrate the immense commitment exhibited by the RNLI’s volunteers throughout Scotland.

“Day after day they are available to respond to emergencies along the coastline and out to sea and, night after night, they are also available with a large proportion of shouts taking place in darkness.

“They also spend a considerable amount of time in carrying out exercises and training to ensure their skills are up to date.

“During stormy weather the RNLI urges the public to avoid areas, whether they be a harbour, pier, promenade or cliff top, where they could get swept off their feet.”