Lifeboat call-outs in Plymouth close to 2009 total

Plymouth's Severn class all-weather lifeboat
Image caption Plymouth's Severn class vessel is one of two lifeboats at the station

Plymouth's lifeboat station had nearly as many call-outs by mid-July as it had for the whole of 2009, the RNLI said.

Station crews, which operate two boats, have had 72 call-outs so far this year, compared to a total of 75 in 2009. Last year saw 91 people rescued.

In the past six years, the busiest has been 2008 with 93 call-outs.

The station, with two full-time staff plus other volunteers, operates a Severn class all-weather lifeboat and an Atlantic inshore vessel.

Lifeboat coxswain Dave Milford said the recent spell of fine weather could have added to the number of call-outs.

He said: "There have been surf boards, wind surfers, tombstoners, swimmers, kids in dinghies, and that sort of thing.

"A decent bit of weather and people take to the water. I think that's where it has come from."

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