RNLI's busy year

PUBLISHED: 11:00 18 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:49 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH lifeboat station has been identified as the second busiest station in the south west, latest RNLI figures show. The Exmouth volunteer crew has been ranked among the five busiest stations in the region and was tasked to an extra 15 shouts in the

EXMOUTH lifeboat station has been identified as the second busiest station in the south west, latest RNLI figures show.The Exmouth volunteer crew has been ranked among the five busiest stations in the region - and was tasked to an extra 15 shouts in the last six months, from January 1 to June 30, compared to last year,The RNLI said the overall busiest station was Poole, in Dorset.In the last six months the Exmouth crew has carried out 55 launches, compared to last year's 40.The all-weather lifeboat was launched 18 times against 2007's 13 call-outs and the inshore lifeboat was launched 37 times compared to 27 a year ago.In the first half of 2008, the Exmouth lifeboat crew rescued 36 people - last year it was 21.Some 15 people were picked up by the all-weather lifeboat, and 21 people rescued by the inshore lifeboat crew, this year.Last year the station ranked as fourth busiest in the region.Exmouth beach lifeguards, operating on the main beach for the first time this year, were launched to 24 incidents and aided 26 people during their six weeks of duty.The busiest lifeguarded beach was ranked as Bournemouth, in Dorset, where RNLI lifeguards dealt with 297 incidents and helped 330 people.RNLI divisional inspector Simon Pryce said the figures underlined the importance of the charity's lifesaving mission on the coast."Lifeboat crew volunteers rescued 630 people in the first six months of this year - nine more than in 2007. They are vital to the seagoing community.

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