Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Statistics released by the RNLI show Exmouth was one of the busiest stations in the South West during the three month period of June to August
Exmouth has been named as one of the busiest RNLI stations in the South West.
The sea safety charity said the long, hot, summer kept the region’s teams busy this year, with early figures for June-August showing a 24 per cent increase in incidents for RNLI lifeguards, with lifeboat crews attending 652 rescues.
The South West lifeboat statistics show a fall in rescues of eight per cent but in Devon lifeboats launched 30 times more than last summer, with Plymouth, Appledore, Ilfracombe, Exmouth and Torbay featuring in the top six busiest lifeboat stations in the region.
Andy Hurley, RNLI regional operations manager, said: “People flocked to the south west when it became evident the weather had taken a turn for the better.
“The warm temperatures and sunshine attracted huge numbers of people to the region’s most popular beaches, which explains why our lifeguard teams were kept so busy.
“Interestingly, the weather was very calm during this period with little surf or wind and this may explain the slight drop in business for our volunteer lifeboat crews.”
The charity said Exmouth was one of three stations currently fundraising for a launch and recovery vehicle that will be used in conjunction with the new Shannon class lifeboat due from the end of 2014.