Lifeboats are busiest on coast during summer

Filey lifeboat callouts are the highest on the Yorkshire Coast this summer
Filey lifeboat callouts are the highest on the Yorkshire Coast this summer

Lifeboat callouts nearly doubled during the summer season, as scorching summer temperatures drove scores of sunseekers to the beach.

The volunteer Filey crew was the busiest on the Yorkshire Coast, as the number of callouts increased by 75 per cent over last year during June and August.

They were called out 21 times, as holidaymakers and daytrippers flocked to Filey’s golden beach – after a previous summer of drizzle and 
cold.

Barry Robson, Filey Lifeboat coxswain and mechanic, said: “Summer 2012 was quite cold and wet, so with the warm weather that we have had this year, no wonder we have been much busier.

“We guard two tidal races and it is surprising the number of boats that get caught out, especially just off Filey Brigg.

“The volunteer crew here at Filey put in a lot of training so that we can respond quickly and professionally to the different incidents that we are requested to attend.”

The crew were called to a range of incidents during the summer season, including dogs plunging off cliffs and children cut off by the tide.

Boats were also resuced after they got into difficulty off Filey Brigg.

Nationally, the increase was one of the most significant in the country, although Filey’s lifeboat volunteers only carried out a fraction of the rescues made in the UK during the busy summer months.

In total, 598 rescues were carried out across the country. Only in 2003 and 2009 have there been more launches.

In comparison, neighbouring Scarborough saw a reduction in the number of launches this summer, down to 10 compared to 16 last year.

Gareth Wilson, RNLI Divisional Operations Manager in the north, said: “The more people there are at the coast, going to the beach and taking to the water, the more calls there will be for RNLI assistance.

“Volunteer lifeboat crews are at their busiest when the sun is shining and some stations were called out several times a day at the height of the holiday period to help people who got into trouble.”