Figures reveal another busy year for the RNLI in Bude
By Em_Williams | Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 10:46
New figures show that, despite the weather, 2012 was another busy twelve months for the RNLI in Bude. Throughout the year RNLI lifeguards saved 16 lives while Bude's volunteer lifeboat crew notched up a total of 94 hours at sea.
Across the six beaches in the Bude area, (Black Rock, Crooklets, Northcott, Sandymouth, Summerleaze and Widemouth) RNLI lifeguards dealt with a total of 359 incidents in 2012. They assisted 455 people and saved three lives.
Compared to 2011, the number of incidents and people assisted have dropped slightly. This has, in part, been blamed on the weather, with 2012 going down as the second wettest year on record.
Throughout the year the volunteer lifeboat crew in Bude spent just under a hundred hours at sea on emergency call outs. There were a total of four launches and they helped two people to safety. These figures are similar to 2011 but down on the three years prior to that.
Andy Hurley, RNLI Regional Operations Manager, commented: "The figures illustrate just how dedicated our volunteer crews and our lifeguards are, giving a huge amount of time to saving lives at sea and I thank them and their families for their continuing commitment.
I would also like to thank all those who support our charity because their donations ensure our teams have the best training and equipment."
He added: "Call outs to sailing and power boats with machinery failure are still our core business in the south west, but I'm delighted to say the numbers are down which I hope means our prevention messages are getting through to people before they go onto the water.
However we have seen a rise in the number of fishing boats needing our assistance and in rescues of people ashore, that's folk who are perhaps injured, trapped or cut off by the tide around the sea shore and cliffs."
"Despite the poor weather our RNLI lifeguards have been busy but the figure of 11,670 people assisted (across the South West) is relatively small when you consider that a staggering nine and half million people visited the lifeguarded beaches of the south west last year."