Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Crews Rescue 930 People in Just One Year

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Crews Rescue 930 People in Just One Year

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Byline: Jamie Diffley Content Editor jamie.diffley@trinitymirror.com

LIFEBOAT crews in Tynemouth rescued 64 people after being launched 65 times last year, figures out yesterday reveal.

The volunteer crew members at Tynemouth were called out the most times along the North East coast, which stretches from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Skegness.

Tynemouth RNLI lifeboats have now launched on service exactly 2000 times, saving 884 lives since the RNLI established the station in 1862.

Sunderland crews were launched 54 times, rescuing 67 people.

Lifeguards patrolling the beach at Cullercoats, in North Tyneside, were the busiest, dealing with 128 separate incidents helping 203 people. Guards on neighbouring Longsands beach, in Tynemouth, came to the aid of 149 people in 117 different incidents.

Across the whole of the North, RNLI lifeboats were scrambled more than 1,000 times in 2014. Figures released by the charity show the 33 RNLI lifeboat stations in the North rescued 930 people during 1,025 rescue launches, while RNLI lifeguards dealt with 1,905 incidents and helped 2,360 people.

Some 34.5% of RNLI lifeboat rescues were to recreational craft (354); 22.5% were to people ashore (233); 17% to people in the water (174) and 16% to fishing vessels (164). …

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