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Increased rescues for RNLI in 2013

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The RNLI saw a severe increase in call-out numbers due to the severe weather conditions and flooding of 2013.  New figures have revealed that 1,127 lifeboats were launched during the year, which is up on the average number of call-outs by 13%. The figures further revealed that 1,155 people were rescued (up 23%) during these call-outs, and 49 people were saved from life-threatening situations.

Rhyl in Denbighshire was recorded as the busiest station of last year with 64 people rescued, including those who were rescued during the severe flooding in December.  Alongside the severe weather of 2013, the charity also received an increase in call-outs related to people being swept out to sea on inflatables.

‘Evacuating from flooded homes’

Colin Williams, RNLI regional operations manager said: “As well as the rise of lifeboat launches across the coast, the charity’s flood rescue team also had an eventful year as they assisted other emergency services in December 2013, helping to evacuate 25 people and their pets from their flooded homes in Rhyl.

Stuart Thompson, the south Wales RNLI lifeguard manager, said that lifeguards had also experienced a very busy year, with increased accidents occurring on the beach.  Barry Island’s Whitmore Bay was the busiest beach for lifeguards during 2013, responding to 221 accidents and saving 236 people.

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