Record numbers rescued by lifeboat crews

Anstruther Lifeboat
Anstruther Lifeboat

A record number of people were rescued in 2014 by RNLI volunteer crews in Scotland.

That’s according to the charity’s official figures that were released last week.

There was also a large rise in people’s lives being saved by the RNLI’s 47 lifeboat stations around the Scottish coastline.

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution says that 1175 people were rescued in 2014, compared with 1008 the previous year. In recent years the number of rescuees has varied from 847 in 2011 to last year’s record figure.

The Anstruther station had another busy year, responding to 21 shouts, 12 of them dealt with by the all-weather lifeboat and the remainder handled by the inshore boat.

Nine of the call-outs were in the dark and a total of 16 people were rescued. The work put in by the crews is shown with just over 989 hours spent on exercises and 228 on services.

The busiest Scottish lifeboat station was Broughty Ferry (Dundee) with 74 shouts, followed by Oban with 68 and Queensferry with 67. The RNLI’s newest station in Scotland at Stonehaven, a trial station near Aberdeen, had eight shouts.