Record Number of RNLI Rescues

According to the RNLI's annual figures, its crews saved a record number of people around the coast last year. Volunteers rescued 1,022 people in 2006 - the first time more than 1,000 people have been saved in a year - and equivalent to one rescue every eight-and-a-half hours!

When you read these numbers think souls, people, like you and me.

Scottish lifeboats launched 1,049 times last year, also a record in Scotland.

Scotlands'sTop Five Busiest Stations
1. Broughty Ferry near Dundee - 79 launches, 29 rescues
2. Troon in Ayrshire - 54 launches, 22 rescues
3. Kinghorn on the Forth near Edinburgh -54 launches, 28 rescues.
4. Oban, Argyll - 52 launches, 109 rescues
5. Queensferry on the Forth - 52 launches, 70 rescued

Since Oban is my local paddling area, this made me shudder. Oban's all-weather lifeboat rescued 109 people and that's the highest number of people rescued by any single rescue vessel in the whole of the RNLI!

Most RNLI rescues last year - a fifth of the total - involved sail boats. Next came people in the sea (17%), power boats and jet skis (16%) and fishing vessels (15%).

The busiest RNLI lifeboat station overall was Tower Pier on the River Thames, which launched 344 times and rescued 99 people.

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