Weston RNLI - busiest in Somerset

PUBLISHED: 17:01 25 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 25 May 2010

LIFESAVERS from Weston were called out to help in 50 incidents last year.

LIFESAVERS from Weston were called out to help in 50 incidents last year.

The RNLI team based at Birnbeck Island helped to rescue 13 people in 2009.

In 2008, the team launched its boats 43 times and rescued 23 people from the dangers of the sea.

Lifeboat operations manager Pete Holder said: "In spite of the poor weather during the main summer holiday period, Weston remained the busiest RNLI station on the Somerset coast.

"Had the weather been warmer and more settled, without a doubt a great deal more people would have ventured out onto the water and mudflats, which in turn would have resulted in an increased number of call outs.

"It is pleasing to note the ongoing RNLI sea safety initiatives, together with the youth education strategy, appears to be having a positive effect on the public's approach to beach and water safety."

Neighbouring Burnham launched 31 times last year and helped to rescue eight people.

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