RNLI says Scotland's lifeboats rescued 1,007 last year

Broughty Ferry RNLI Image copyright RNLI
Image caption Broughty Ferry was Scotland's busiest lifeboat station

Scotland's lifeboats rescued more than 1,000 people last year, according to figures from the RNLI.

The voluntary service attended 996 callouts during the year, the first time since 2008 there were fewer than 1,000 shouts.

The Broughty Ferry station near Dundee was the busiest, with 105 launches. Arbroath was second with 53 shouts and then Oban, which had 52.

The RNLI said 1,007 people were rescued from its 47 lifeboat Scottish stations.

Andy Clift, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's regional operations manager for Scotland, said: "These figures illustrate the immense commitment exhibited by the RNLI's volunteers throughout Scotland.

"Day after day they are available to respond to emergencies along the coastline and out to sea and, night after night, they are also available with a large proportion of shouts taking place in darkness."

At Broughty Ferry, half of the 105 incidents took place during darkness.

RNLI volunteers at Tobermory spent 950 hours on shouts, by far the longest time recorded at any of Scotland's stations.

One of those incidents occupied a marathon 31 hours when a cargo ship ran aground on the east coast of Mull in June.

The lifeboats were also able to give assistance when a Super Puma helicopter crashed into the North Sea close to Shetland in August.

The RNLI said there had been a decrease in the number of fishing boats requiring help, with 115 incidents last year, but more members of the public had required assistance along the coastline.

Across the UK and Ireland, the RNLI launched on 8,304 occasions.

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