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Peterhead Lifeboat crew called out 11 times in 2013

THE NEW PETERHEAD LIFEBOAT GOING THROUGH HER PACES IN THE BAY.(KELLOCK/BROWN)

THE NEW PETERHEAD LIFEBOAT GOING THROUGH HER PACES IN THE BAY.(KELLOCK/BROWN)

RNLI lifeboats in Scotland were launching nearly three times a day during 2013 to attend emergencies, according to the charity’s official statistics.

In Buchan, the Peterhead crew launched 11 times rescuing six people while at Fraserburgh there were 17 call-outs with 23 people rescued.

Across Scotland the charity’s volunteers attended 996 shouts during which they rescued 1007 people and saved 29 lives.

This is the first time since 2008 that there have been fewer than 1,000 shouts for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in Scotland.

The busiest year was 2009 with 1,121 launches, and the record number of people rescued was in 2012 with 1,055.

The busiest station in Scotland was Broughty Ferry (near Dundee) where the charity’s two lifeboats were called out a total of 105 times – half of those incidents took place during darkness. Out of the 32 people rescued, five people’s lives were saved.

The second busiest was Arbroath, with 53 shouts, one more than Oban in third place. Queensferry was the busiest inshore lifeboat station with 49 shouts and the crew rescued 128 people.

There has been a decrease in recent years of the number of fishing boats that require RNLI help, with 115 incidents last year, down from 122 in 2012.

But more members of the public have required help along the coastline. It’s not just people working on the water that the RNLI helps, there are many reasons people to be rescued including missing pets and people being stranded on a causeway island.

 

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