Weston RNLI reveals how many lives were saved during 2016

PUBLISHED: 17:30 07 April 2017

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The RNLI has released new figures which show how many rescues were carried out in Weston-super-Mare last year.

The volunteer crew launched 55 times during 2016, more than any other station along the Bristol Channel.

They assisted 16 people in trouble along Weston’s coast, and saved five lives.

Rescues last year included helping stranded walkers who were cut off by the tide around Brean Down, and preventing two men on an inflatable dinghy being swept out to sea.

The crews also went to the aid of a champion water-skier who hit a difficult wave in Weston and somersaulted through the air.

Without the first aid skills of the lifeboat team, she may have been paralysed for life.


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