Statistics reveal a busy summer for Scotland’s lifeboats

Lifeboats in Scotland launched nearly five times a day during a busy Summer for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), according to figures released by the charity yesterday (Wednesday).

The RNLI’s 46 stations in Scotland launched a total of 417 times during the months of June, July, August, an increase of 4% compared with the corresponding period in 2011.

The Broch lifeboat launched a total of six times in the three-month period.

The increase in activity coincided with a period of good weather along the west coast of Scotland, where the stations were busier than normal.

Much of the rest of Scotland endured a wet summer and there were fewer call-outs for some of the stations.

The busiest station in the summer was Troon with 25 shouts, an increase of three on 2011. The busiest inshore station was Queensferry where the volunteers had 21 shouts, a drop of four compared with 2011.

Significant increases were experienced by the RNLI at its stations in Largs, Mallaig, Tobermory, Campbeltown, on the west coast. The charity’s newest lifeboat station, at Leverburgh on the Isle of Harris, had seven shouts.

Stations in the far North at Wick, Thurso, the Orkney and Shetland islands were all quieter than in 2011, while there was a mixed picture along the east coast.

Paul Jennings, the RNLI’s Divisional Inspector for Scotland, said, ‘Once again our volunteer lifeboat crews in Scotland have shown that they are committed and courageous individuals, on stand by to save lives at sea come rain or shine.

‘Behind the crews are a huge team of volunteers, the station management volunteers, shore helpers and fundraisers, to whom we owe our thanks for ensuring that the RNLI can keep on saving lives at sea.’