Scottish waters see a rise in summer lifeboat call-outs

RNLI lifeboat The RNLI has praised its volunteers as being courageous and committed

Related Stories

More lifeboats were launched in Scottish waters over the summer months, new figures show.

There were 417 call-outs from 46 RNLI stations around Scotland between 1 June and 31 August, up 4% on the same period last year.

The charity said it was a busy summer for its crews, with sunny weather on the west coast meaning a rise in activity.

Troon was the busiest station with 25 call-outs, three more than last summer.

The busiest inshore station was Queensferry where volunteers launched 21 times over the three months.

There were significant increases in call-outs from RNLI stations in Largs, Mallaig, Tobermory and Campbeltown which are all on the west coast.

Launches from Tobermory on Mull jumped from just two last summer to 15 this year.

In Kintyre, Campbeltown's total doubled from seven to 14, call-outs from RNLI Mallaig in Lochaber increased by six, from 11 to 17 and call-outs at RNLI Largs in Ayrshire rose from 13 to 18.

The charity's newest lifeboat station, at Leverburgh on Harris, had seven call-outs.

Stations in the far north of Scotland, at Wick, Thurso, Orkney and Shetland, were all quieter than last year.

Paul Jennings, RNLI 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."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More Scotland stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

  • Stained glass of man with swordFrance 1 England 0

    The most important battle you have probably never heard of


  • Golden retriever10 things

    Dogs get jealous, and nine more nuggets from the week's news


  • Pro-Israel demonstrators shout slogans while protesting in Berlin - 25 July 2014Holocaust guilt

    Gaza conflict leaves Germans confused over who to support


  • The emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-SabahFreedoms fear

    Growing concern for rights as Kuwait revokes citizenships


Elsewhere on the BBC

  • CastleRoyal real estate

    No longer reserved for kings and queens, some find living in a castle simply divine

Programmes

  • Leader of Hamas Khaled MeshaalHARDtalk Watch

    BBC exclusive: Hamas leader on the eagerness to end bloodshed in Gaza

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.