The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has today revealed its rescue statistics for 2015. The charity’s lifeboats in Wales launched 1,058 times and rescued 1,029 people. In north Wales, the 16 stations located between Aberystwyth and Flint reported 445 lifeboat launches in 2015 and 490 people rescued.
Despite a small decline in the number of incident compared with 2014, RNLI volunteers from a number of north Wales stations were kept exceptionally busy due to their roles with the charity’s Flood Rescue Team. Rising flood waters saw a number of deployments throughout December, with much activity focussed around Cockermouth, Cumbria and Carlisle. Welsh volunteers with specialist swift water rescue training joined colleagues from across the UK, assisting 337 people and rescuing 74 people in distress.
The busiest RNLI lifeboat station in north Wales was Rhyl with a total of 47 launches – 17 for the all-weather lifeboat and 30 for the inshore lifeboat.
This was followed by Beaumaris, where the number of people rescued rose from 49 in 2014 to 62 in 2015. In Barmouth, the number of people rescued increased by 18 per cent, meaning a total of 26 people were rescued in 2015. The volunteer crew at Flint rescued 11 people in 2015, compared with three in 2014. At Llandudno, the number of people rescued rose by 26 percent, meaning 34 people were rescued during the year. Holyhead was the busiest all-weather lifeboat in north Wales with 21 launches.
Nationally, during 2015 volunteer lifeboat crews rescued 7,973 people whilst the charity’s lifeguards rescued 1,790 people around UK and Irish coastal waters.
Rhyl’s All-weather and Inshore lifeboats rescued 55 people and saved 4 lives in 2015. This is less than in 2014, but the poor weather of 2015 resulted in not as many people going on to the beach. Rhyl lifeboat crew continue to promote safety at sea to enable the RNLI to reduce the number of drownings around the UK and Eire coast and inland waterways. Rhyl lifeboat crew and their two boats are proud to be part of the RNLI community.